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 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.

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.

The City of Phoenix estimates that this summit’s trail is one of the most heavily used in the country; it draws an estimated 4,000 to 10,000 hikers per week.

The Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs resort is tucked into the hills of Shaw Butte, which affords incredible views of the Sonoran desert and the lights of Phoenix. The Mission-style buildings contain 584 two-room suites with subtle Southwestern accents, such as earth tones and adobe fireplaces.

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.

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.

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

Here you can hike deep into the desert without leaving a paved path or proximity to a cold drink.

Glitterati party place

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.