Phoenix

Phoenix Travel Guide

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 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 16,000-acre expanse may be the largest municipal park in the country, but you won’t find any softball fields or grassy concert venues here.

In an effort to lure non-museum types, this trendsetting institution began sponsoring SMoCA Nights a few years back.

Across the Salt River, the steel-and-glass Tempe Center for the Arts hosts film screenings and poetry readings.

Sarah Walker’s large, concrete-floored shop feels like a museum for the urbane—with beautiful displays of work by clothing designers such as Hazel Brown and Gary Graham. Their pieces are simple yet elegant, in neutral shades of cotton and raw silks.

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

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 choose by location.

Hybrid drinking, dining and retail-clothing space

Matt Pool spent years fighting the city in order to open this watering hole.

Known as one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces, Taliesin West was built in 1937 as Wright's winter home. Still inhabited by a team of architectural experts and students, Taliesin West is a living desert complex in northeast Scottsdale at the base of the McDowell Mountains.

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.