Looking for free things to do during your Phoenix visit? The Valley of the Sun is a great place to explore on a budget.
Start your explorations at South Mountain Park, where steep hairpin turns and steady rising elevation leads you to Dobbin's Lookout, a popular overlook offering incredible views of the whole city. This is a great and scenic attractions that doesn't require any spending.
Hiking enthusiasts will want to pay a visit to Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon Recreation Area, a well-tread system of hiking trails that are challenging but well worth the sweat – the views from up top are simply incredible.
If you're traveling with a history buff, a stop at the Arizona Capitol Museum is mandatory. This obscure gem is housed in the stone building that was once the state capitol. Some of the museum's most fascinating exhibits include artifacts from the USS Arizona, a 16-foot zinc Winged Victory statue, and works by Lon Megargee, Arizona's famed cowboy artist.
One of Phoenix's top cultural attractions is the Phoenix Art Museum. You can check out the museum for free every Wednesday evening during the voluntary donation period, which runs from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Finally, for a taste of the Old West, head to Goldfield Ghost Town, located just east of town on the site of an old town and gold mine operation. During the winter and spring high season, enjoy free gunfighter shows on Saturdays and Sundays.