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.

The focus of the local arts scene is First Friday, an art walk that took off in 2003 and continues to flourish; it draws thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds to downtown Phoenix on the first Friday of the month from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Camelback Odyssey Travel’s Karen Benson draws upon her 28 years of experience to craft a memorable spa, adventure, or ski vacation for her clients. One of Benson’s signature trips is a spa getaway in India, complete with ayurvedic treatments and stops in Agra and Jaipur.

Founded in 1927, when customers still rode up to the store on horseback, Saba's has become an Arizona institution, thanks to its unparalleled selection of handcrafted cowboy boots for men, women, and children.

Surrounded by the McDowell Mountain range, TPC Scottsdale (also known as The Club) offers public access to two par-71 tournament courses. Tee off from the Champions Course, redesigned in 2007 by Randy Heckenkemper, or the Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf's Stadium Course.

This tiny music club doubles as a by-appointment-only art gallery and showcases some terrific talent to see and hear.

Approximately ninety acres in size, this North Phoenix monument to the traditional, Old West way of living in 1800’s Arizona first opened in 1965, with the help of U.S. senators and Cabinet members.

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.

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.

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.