Phoenix

Phoenix Travel Guide

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.

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

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.

Troon North Golf Club offers two award-winning golf courses designed by Tom Weiskopf, The Pinnacle and The Monument, ranked 21st and 44th in the nation, respectively, by Golf Magazine.

Even if it didn’t house one of the world’s premiere collections of Native American art, you’d want to hang out in this space. The Spanish Colonial-style architecture harkens to 1929, when the Heard family’s then-modest collection of Native American crafts opened to the public.

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

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.

Founded in 1994, Grayhawk Golf Club is considered one of the best day-fee golf clubs in the Southwest. The club offers two 18-hole courses: the Talon, designed by PGA Champion David Graham and architect Gary Panks, and the Raptor, created by world-renowned Tom Fazio.

The feeling here is not exactly remote desert oasis, but you will find lush, sprawling grounds and a peaceful lake that offers relaxing gondola rides.

On the first Friday evening of every month, Artlink, Inc., a nonprofit organization run wholly by volunteer art enthusiasts, hosts a free self-guided tour of galleries, studios, and shops in the downtown area.

Cindy Dach stocks her “art boutique” with bright red Moleskine calendars, the latest Miranda July stories, and locally made jewelry—including handcrafted silver rings, crystal earrings, and glittery poker-chip necklaces.

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.

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During spring training, metro Phoenix is all about baseball, with several small ballparks offering action; but the best little one is this home away from home for the San Francisco Giants.

Torch-lit tiki lounge

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 Parkway, winds 1.2 miles to the top of the 2,704-foot summit—a steep elevation gain of more than 1,200 feet.