Phoenix

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.

Instead of a poolside lounge or round of golf, visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s former studio and retreat (now home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation). Daily guided tours are kept small and last from one to three hours.

Three-day rafting trips along the Colorado River, from $725 per person.

Here lies the coolest spot in town when it comes to art and architecture.

With more than two decades of experience, travel agent Betsy Donley uses firsthand knowledge to craft luxury African trips and fly fishing expeditions for clients of Camelback Odyssey Travel. One of Donley’s top travel recommendations is hunting the tiger fish at Chiawa Camp in Zimbabwe.

Running from Seventh Avenue to 16th Street and from Interstate 10 to Fillmore Street, Roosevelt Row arts district (RoRo for short) is a prominent hub of local culture.

Located at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, the Wildfire golf club has two 18-hole golf courses designed by legendary golf champs Nick Faldo and Arnold Palmer. Nestled admist the Sonoran Desert, each course is surrounded by the McDowell mountains and hundred-year-old saguaro cacti.

Located at the Sanctuary Resort & Spa, Jade Bar serves inventive cocktails amid panoramic views of Camelback Mountain and Paradise Valley. The space is small and stylish, with wood paneling, candlelit tables, and hanging white lanterns, as well as wall-to-wall windows facing a heated patio.

All walks of life used to converge in the after-dark over stiff martinis at Phoenix’s most beloved dive bar.

Development has gobbled up most of the old farmland in town, but not this tree-lined, 12-acre oasis, where the owners give a nod to the good old days by raising everything from turkeys to salad greens.

Special booking: Fitzgerald planned an around-the-world trip that included camping in Antarctica and gorilla trekking in Uganda. Years as agent: 27. Specialties: India, Southeast Asia, Adventure, Multigenerational travel.

Established in 2002, Five15 is an artist collective that features the work of a different member each month.

Hidden behind a door marked “The Truth Is Inside,” this speakeasy meets European wine cellar is located in downtown Scottsdale.

The building alone (an old Mormon church saved in the 1990’s and fully restored as a theater) is worth a look-see for the adobe architecture, but the stringed performers are what will entertain you.

Locals frequent the late night Pomelo Park watering hole Merc Bar for its fresh cocktails and small menu recently added in 2011.

This full-size grocery store is a boon for the local Latino community—and anyone who wants a dose of authentic southwestern culture.