10 Best Attractions in Phoenix: Exploring the Valley's Greatest Landmarks and Attractions

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Phoenix
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What to do during your next stay in Phoenix? Here we round up the top ten best attractions in Phoenix, perfect for getting to know this exciting desert metropolis. Explore the natural beauty of the desert at Papago Park, a wonderfully scenic municipal park where red sandstone buttes rise from the landscape in breath-taking and otherworldly fashion. Next, head over to the Desert Botanical Gardens, one of the city's indisputable gems. There's no better place to learn more about the desert than by exploring the trails at this star attraction. If you still have energy after that, get to know the Phoenix Zoo, a treat for both...  Read more »

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    Desert Botanical Garden

    Desert Botanical Garden is one of Phoenix's premier attractions, a feast for the eyes and senses.

    Local Expert Tip: "Music in the garden and seasonal festivals are held throughout the year. Make sure to check out the calendar of events before your visit. "

     
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    Papago Park

    Papago Park in Phoenix offers visitors an up-close look at the natural beauty of the desert.

    Local Expert Tip: "Papago Park is convenient to two other major attractions, the Desert Botanical Gardens and the Phoenix Zoo, so plan to spend a whole day in this part of town. "

     
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    Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area

    Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation area is one of Phoenix's most iconic hiking spots.

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a busy hiking spot with very little parking. Carpooling to the area is recommended."

     
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    Historic Heritage Square

    Historic Heritage Square in Phoenix offers visitors a glimpse into some of the city's oldest and best-preserved houses.

    Local Expert Tip: "Families with young children may want to venture across the street to the popular Children's Museum of Phoenix. "

     
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    South Mountain Park

    South Mountain Park is one of the largest city parks in the country and a great Phoenix hiking destination.

    Local Expert Tip: "Horseback riding stables and horse rentals are available near the entrance to the park. "

     
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    Phoenix Art Museum

    The Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Southwest, with strong Asian, Latin American and Western American collections.

    Local Expert Tip: "Free admission/voluntary donation every Wednesday, 3-9pm."

     
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    Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art

    The Heard Museum is one of the world's best living repositories of authentic and rare Native American art.

    Local Expert Tip: "Stop by the Heard Museum gift shop for a large collection of authentic, handmade artwork, Navajo rugs, Kachina dolls, jewelry, and home decor. "

     
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    Phoenix Zoo

    Phoenix Zoo is one of the city's best and most kid-friendly attractions.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pedal boat rides are available on a seasonal basis, great fun for family members of all ages. "

     
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    Arizona Science Center

    The Arizona Science Center offers hands-on educational fun for kids and adults of all ages.

    Local Expert Tip: "Every first Tuesday of the month, visitors age 62+ are invited to visit Arizona Science Center for free."

     
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    Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

    Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park lets visitors walk amongst 1500-year-old Hohokam Indian ruins.

    Local Expert Tip: "Pueblo Grande also hosts monthly lectures and demonstrations with local artists."

     

 

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