Located a short walk from the US Airways Center, the Arizona Science Center is one of Phoenix's most popular attractions. The center has seven themed galleries with more than 300 hands-on exhibits, making it ideal for visitors of all ages. Kids will love exploring the interactive displays, while adults will enjoy the planetarium and IMAX movie theatre.
Art lovers should plan a stop at the Phoenix Art Museum, which is just a short drive from the US Airways Center on Central Avenue. This is perhaps the most important art museum in the Southwest, with a strong Western, European and Latin American permanent collection.
Not far from the Phoenix Art Museum is the iconic Heard Museum, one of the finest collections of Native American art in the world. Don't leave without browsing the gift shop, which is a great source for authentic Native American arts, crafts and jewelry.
If you're in the mood to explore Phoenix's desert scenery on foot (or by car), head south of the US Airways Center to South Mountain Regional Park. It's the largest municipal park in the United States. Take the slow drive up the mountain for excellent panoramic views of the city from atop the popular Dobbins Point lookout.