When you deplane at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, you’re only three miles away from the start of your Phoenix adventure. Hop on a bus or shuttle, or rent a car for maximum wanderlust indulgence. This desert burg has seen steady growth since the middle of the 20th century, which makes it an excellent mix of Wild West history, boomtown relics, and modern amenities. There’s plenty to explore.
Phoenix is divided into urban villages, several of which are historic communities that were annexed by the city throughout its growth. Inside these villages are regions, districts, and neighborhoods. Downtown Phoenix is home to the Encanto-Palmcroft Historic District and Roosevelt Historic Neighborhood, both of which are ideal locations for a leisurely walk through tree-lined streets to view the architectural history of the area. If you can’t stand the heat, you can step inside one of downtown’s many museums and get your history fix indoors. Visit the Wells Fargo History Museum, the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center, or the Phoenix Center for the Arts to gain a deeper appreciation of the Valley of the Sun.
If you’d rather immerse yourself in Phoenix’s present-day offerings, there is no lack of lounges, coffee houses, art galleries, live and art-house theaters, and restaurants in which to spend your time. Branch out beyond downtown and spend a day living like locals to get a real taste of day-to-day Phoenix.
First-time desert visitors should make sure they take advantage of all of the outdoor adventures available in and around the city. Nascent outdoor lovers can sign up for guided tours, while experienced hikers and cyclers can hit the desert trails for sun-soaked, cactus-lined adventures. Water lovers aren’t out of luck, either; there are several lakes within a short drive of Phoenix, each of which offer different opportunities for either rest and relaxation or exhilaration. Whether spending time on a desert trail or lounging by a lake, you’re sure to see plenty of the region’s native wildlife—pack your binoculars.
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Things to do in Phoenix.
- Encanto Park
- Papago Park
- Sunnyslope Mountain
- Mystery Castle
- Phoenix Botanical Gardens
- Wrigley Mansion
- Arizona Capitol Museum
- Children’s Museum of Phoenix
- Phoenix Art Museum