Maybe you’re traveling to Phoenix for a special event this weekend, maybe you’re a local who needs to be inspired to explore, maybe you’re planning a new, exciting trip for the future.
Whatever your motive is for visiting “The Valley of the Sun,” we’ve got some cool suggestions of places you should hit up!
Here’s our list of 10 things you shouldn’t skip if you happen to find yourself in Phoenix:
1. Heard Museum
Heard Museum was established in 1929 and has an awesome vision–to accurately and sensitively portray U.S. Native arts and cultures. Known for its award-winning exhibits and its dedication to telling the stories of American Indians, this museum will give you a special cultural and educational experience you won’t get in many other places.
Camelback gets its name from its appearance (it’s in the shape of the hump and head of a kneeling camel) and is a pretty popular place to hike in Phoenix. It’s no wonder as you get some pretty sweet views of the city from the top of the mountain!
Food is a part of any trip. For your trip to Phoenix, we suggest the Urban Cookies Bakeshop. From intricately decorated cupcakes, to scrumptious baked donuts, to tasty nut bars, this sweet joint will satisfy cravings you didn’t know you had.
Roosevelt Row is an urban district that boasts some spectacularly funky street art that you’ll want to see. Besides the cool on-the-wall creativity though, you’ll also be able to attend the various art and cultural events hosted in this vibrant corner of the city.
Rosson House is the main attraction of Heritage Square, which is an area that’ll take you back in time to the 19th Century. The house itself is a restored 1895 Queen Anne Victorian establishment that tells tales of a Phoenix from the past. Check it out!
The Hole in the Rock (situated in Papago Park) is worth a quick detour. This natural phenomenon of eroded sandstone was created 6 to 15 million years ago and offers you a view of the city from a different angle.
7. Phoenix Zoo
Because who doesn’t like to see some cute creatures? Phoenix Zoo is home to around 1,400 creatures and even offers some camps and other programs if you’re in the neighborhood for a little longer. If you’re there just for a day, you can feed giraffes, touch stingrays, and even ride a camel among some other cool animal-interactive activities.
The DBG has been around since 1939 educating and fostering an appreciation for the beautiful terrain we call desert. This arid wonderland features over 50,000 plants spread out over 140 acres in the outdoors and attracts many, many visitors every year!
You’ve come to Arizona, and you’re expecting Mexican food. Let us introduce you to Mi Amigo’s! With a range of recipes originating from various parts of Mexico, this Mexican grill will provide a wealth of tasty options like the grilled shrimp platter pictured above.
Although the Arizona Science Center has not been around for eons, it has rapidly transformed itself into a reputable institution of learning and now serves over half a million guests each year. It’s open from 10am – 5pm every day of the week, so you’ll have every opportunity to visit!
For more awesome things to check out in AZ, read our “8 Amazing Things to See in Arizona” post.