Top 7 Things to Do in Phoenix, Arizona

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Desert sunset through cactus tree over Phoenix, Arizona

Desert sunset through cactus tree over Phoenix, Arizona

Get to know the cosmopolitan side of Arizona in Phoenix where there is an activity for every interest. Here are the top seven things to do.

1. Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ. Photo by Andrew Horne via Wikimedia Commons

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ. Photo by AndrewHorne via Wikimedia Commons

Why go: Walk around architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home where he spent time from 1937-59.

Tip: Tours book up fast, so reservations are strongly recommended for all tours.

2. Desert Botanic Gardens

Desert Botanic Gardens in Phoenix

Desert Botanic Gardens in Phoenix

Why go:
Stop here to stroll the gardens. To see night-blooming plants, do an evening Flashlight Tour.

Tip: Bring your own flashlight or buy one at the Garden Shop and then hit the trails at your own pace.

3. Phoenix Art Museum

An exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum. Photo by Tom W Sulcer via Wikimedia Commons

An exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum. 

Why go: Home to the works of Ansel Adams, Frida Kahlo and Claude Monet, this is the largest fine art museum in the Southwest.

Tip: Don't miss the Dorrance Sculpture Garden.

4. Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain near Phoenix, Ariz.

Camelback Mountain near Phoenix, Ariz.

Why go: Hike up 1,200 feet for fantastic views of the city and Phoenix Mountains Preserve.

Tip: Get started really early in the morning and bring sunscreen, lots of water and a hat to beat the heat.

5. Heard Museum

Sculpture in front of the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Photo by Brad Coy via Flickr

Sculpture in front of the Heard Museum in Phoenix. 

Why go: Discover engaging Native American stories and world-class collections.

Tip: Allow time to relax in the courtyard and coffee shop. The museum is a short distance from the light rail in downtown Phoenix.

6. Musical Instrument Museum

A child playing a Xylophone at the Musical Instrument Museum. Courtesy photo

A child playing a Xylophone at the Musical Instrument Museum. 

Why go: Create your own tour of the world and its people through the lens of music at this amazing museum. 

Tip: Wear the museum's headphones to get the most out of your experience. The audio accompanying each display plays automatically as you approach an exhibit.

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7. Chase Field

Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Why go: Catch a game with the Arizona Diamondbacks in this facility that is air-conditioned when the roof is closed. Yes, the stadium's roof is retractable!

Tip: Check the team's website to find out if the roof will be closed. The state-of-the-art roof opens and closes in a little over four minutes. 


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