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Things to do in Phoenix

Some of the most popular things to do in Phoenix involve exploring its desert landscape. Hikers can reach a panoramic view of the city along Camelback Mountain's red rock-rimmed hiking trails. Or, for a closer look, visit the Desert Botanical Garden, home to countless species of colorful plants.

Art lovers can add the Bentley Projects to a list of what to do in Phoenix. The downtown warehouse district features many of the city's top galleries, displaying avant-garde pieces by its top local artists. Guided art walks are also held each month.

The resorts themselves boast many headliners when it comes things to do in Phoenix. The area is home to many a world-class golf course, along with upscale spas and fine dining options.

For a look at local history, be sure to include stops in Old Town Scottsdale and downtown's Heritage Square on your list of what to do in Phoenix. Both are anchored by well-preserved Victorian structures and local history museums.

  • Arizona State Fair

    Originally founded as the Arizona Territorial Fair in November 1884, this three-week event now takes place in mid-October at the Arizona State Fair... More
  • Bar Bianco

    While waiting for a table at the next-door Pizzeria Bianco, enjoy handmade cocktails and appetizers at this candlelit bar, located downtown on Heri... More
  • Bentley Projects

    Here lies the coolest spot in town when it comes to art and architecture. (It’s also the sister location to Bentley Gallery, which is part of Scott... More
  • Betsy Donley

    With more than two decades of experience, travel agent Betsy Donley uses firsthand knowledge to craft luxury African trips and fly fishing expediti... More
  • Bunky Boutique

    Across the street from the Phoenix Art Museum, Bunky Boutique shares a space with Giant Coffee in the white, cube-like Merz Project Building. The s... More
  • Camelback Mountain

    This red-hued beauty is an attractively rugged cliff perfect for hard-core hikers. Its Echo Canyon trail, which starts at 5700 North Echo Canyon Pa... More
  • Casino Arizona

    You know what they say about casinos—once you’re inside, day and night blend and time stops. Same goes for the ones that ring metro Phoenix, so cho... More
  • Cassandra Bookholder

    An agent since 2006, Cassandra Bookholder, who works with Camelback Odyssey Travel, specializes in custom trips to Australia, New Zealand, and the ... More
  • Chez Nous

    All walks of life used to converge in the after-dark over stiff martinis at Phoenix’s most beloved dive bar. This trashy little spot finally fell p... More
  • Civic Center Mall

  • Desert Botanical Garden

    Here you can hike deep into the desert without leaving a paved path or proximity to a cold drink. This 50-acre refuge has undergone a transformatio... More
  • Drift

    Torch-lit tiki lounge More
  • EnviroCar

    The agency offers chauffeured transportation with a hybrid fleet. More
  • First Fridays Art Walk, Phoenix

    On the first Friday evening of every month, Artlink, Inc., a nonprofit organization run wholly by volunteer art enthusiasts, hosts a free self-guid... More
  • Five15 Arts

    Established in 2002, Five15 is an artist collective that features the work of a different member each month. Located behind an unassuming brick faç... More

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