What to do during your next stay in Phoenix? Here we round up some of the best places in Phoenix to experience this vibrant desert metropolis.
Explore the natural beauty of the desert at 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, head next door to the Phoenix Zoo, a treat for both children and parents. The zoo offers interactive exhibits such as the Giraffe Encounter, camel rides, and a petting zoo. It's the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States.
Although Phoenix is a young city, you'll want to make time to explore the city's small but vibrant historic quarter, known as Heritage Square. The city block is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and makes for an easy, pedestrian friendly walk in the heart o bustling downtown.
Of course, you can't leave Phoenix without experiencing for yourself one of the Valley's famous desert sunsets. Although it can be difficult to secure parking and it's a steep climb, it's worth making a trip to the Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation area. The local landmark offers sweeping views of the Valley.
A more accessible (but no less beautiful) place to watch the sunset is South Mountain Regional Park. Make the drive up the mountain to the popular Dobbins Lookout point for unforgettable panoramic views of the city.