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Best things to do in Phoenix

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Trail
“This is a VERY POPULAR place to visit. It has many visitors and is a VERY challenging hike. The views are AMAZING at the top. 360 view.”
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Shopping Mall
“Upscale, contemporary shopping complex with 200+ brand-name stores, restaurants & a movie theater.”
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Gift Shop
“Step into one of the largest and flourishing malls in the country. Surely to have any store you are looking for...”
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Museum
“Another amazing collection in kind of an odd spot but totally worth the drive. Vast colloection of musical instruments from all over the world. Also known for their concert series in a wonderfully intimate theater.”
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Botanical Garden
“ This must-see Phoenix attraction houses thousands of desert plants on acres of trails. Admission is free all day the second Tuesday of every month.”
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Stadium
“Sate Farm Stadium as it is known now. Home of the Arizona Cardinals NFL Football team”
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Art Museum
“The Southwest's largest collection of classic and contemporary art offers free admission every Wednesday from 3 p.m.–9 p.m.; the first Friday of the month from 6 p.m –10 p.m.; and the second Sunday of the month from 12 p.m–5 p.m.”
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Zoo
“Great zoo - hard to believe it sits in the middle of the desert! Great exhibits. Be sure to check out the festival of lights in winter!! Absolutely epic”
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College Auditorium
“Native American Museum. A local must see for the history of Native American art. ”
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General Entertainment
“Lovely outdoor shopping center right around the corner. Great restaurants, stores, and vibe.”
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Shopping Mall
“Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter are the shopping destination in North Scottsdale. Great shopping and happy hour spots, you are surely able to find another experience Scottsdale has to offer. ”
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Trail
“This desert park, dotted with red rock and weather-sculpted buttes, is located near the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens on the border between Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. A network of trails runs through the grounds, and fishing lagoons punctuate the landscape. Ramadas (covered picnic shelters) provide a perfect place to take in the views and can be reserved with a call. The area is ranger-patrolled for safety. Located at East Van Buren Street and North Galvin Parkway, the red sandstone buttes at Papago Park are a must-see during your next Phoenix visit. Bring a camera to capture these otherworldly works of nature.”
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Botanical Garden
“Truly a wonderful way to better understand the Sonoran Desert, close to Sky Harbor Airport so a great place to walk off the effects of sitting in a plane for a few hours or a great last stop before catching an afternoon plane. It opens at 8 AM. They also have Gertrudes, a well recognized restaurant and through out the year special weekend and night events. Through May 12th they have a nightly Electric Desert event which looks amazing.”
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Trail
“This is a pretty difficult hike but beautiful. Bring water and plan to avoid the sun if your smart. ”
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Baseball Stadium
“Catch a baseball game or an event. In the heart of phoenix with many restaurants and shops near by”
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Basketball Stadium
“Home of the Phoenix Suns, Talking Stick Resort Arena is about a 5-10 minute drive from the Guesthouse. Basketball season runs from November - May. Consider yourself lucky if your favorite team is playing the Suns here, as ticket prices have been very low as the Suns have been pretty terrible as of late. We host the Lakers and Warriors multiple times per year, so you might have a chance to go see Lebron James or Steph Curry during your trip!”
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