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 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.

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.

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

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The agency offers chauffeured transportation with a hybrid fleet.

The Mix is Scottsdale's answer to Fred Segal with a well curated collection of locally owned boutiques for close, beauty, home, and even toys.

Far-sighted preservationists saved this hill from becoming little more than a grand backyard of one of the mega-mansions that surround the North Scottsdale peak.

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.

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.

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.

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.