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.

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.

Originally founded as the Arizona Territorial Fair in November 1884, this three-week event now takes place in mid-October at the Arizona State Fairground off West McDowell Road.

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

Located at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, T. Cook’s restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes like slow-roasted lamb stuffed with baba ghanoush and stuffed squash blossom with sautéed local farm vegetables.

Even if there isn’t a show scheduled at this historic 1929 theater and former vaudeville house, take a free, guided tour of the renovated facility. Its ornate Spanish-influenced, Baroque Revival style is flush with zodiac symbols; and the painted ceiling resembles a starry night sky.

The maroon awning beckons locals to this Phoenix restaurant and wine bar. Located in the base of an apartment complex and within steps of the light rail, Portland's is a popular after-work stop. Neighbors gather around the circular bar for no-fuss cocktails and comfort fare.

Owned by the same people as La Grande Orange Pizzeria, people come from near and far for the thick, chewy homemade English muffins at this neighborhood nerve center in a stretch of town at Arc

While waiting for a table at the next-door Pizzeria Bianco, enjoy handmade cocktails and appetizers at this candlelit bar, located downtown on Heritage Square.