Although it might not be the most visited destination like New York or Los Angeles, Phoenix prides itself in being different. A city in the desert that has it all. Obviously it might be best to come during a time of year when its not blistering hot, but that’s besides the point. Whether you enjoy outdoor activities or experiencing some of the best food and drink in the Southwest, Phoenix has you covered. Here’s a handful of things to do when visiting Phoenix.
Located in the Arcadia area (central-ish Phoenix) Camelback mountain is somewhat of an iconic part of the Phoenix area. It has a distinguished “rusty brown” color that is exclusive to the Southwest. It has 2 trails of varying lengths and difficulties but the easier of the 2 trails is pretty family friendly and can be handled by most people. Be sure to bring water! There have been incidents of people needing to be airlifted out (but they were mostly due to injury). Also if you can, try and avoid peak times or dates. On certain holidays like Christmas it becomes hard to find a parking spot. Mid-morning on weekends can be tough too so be sure to plan ahead.
Spring Training Game
While baseball is in season, catching a spring training game is a great leisurely activity while in Phoenix. There are a handful of stadiums that are outdoors which allow you to experience the amazing weather during this time of year. The newest stadium at Salt River Fields is modern and located nearby the Talking Stick Pavilions which has its share of restaurants and shops. A great all day event if you’re looking for food and entertainment.
Old Town Scottsdale
If you’re more into dining and shopping, Old Town Scottsdale is the best place to do it. It has an ensemble of both the modern and older western style that is specific to the Southwest. Scottsdale Fashion Square is just north of the area and has more upscale shopping experiences. However when you drive South down Scottsdale road a bit, you’ll find a wide variety of different shops, restaurants, and bars. From Native American art shops to craft beer, Old Town Scottsdale has plenty of options to explore. It also has a pretty good night life scene if that’s your forte. It has its share of nightclubs but there are plenty of calm places to get drinks or classic feeling “hole in the wall” bars that are a great hang.
For whatever reason Phoenix has become home to a variety of car shows. The Barrett-Jackson has remained one of the largest, if not the largest, car show in the country. It is a combination of both show and auction and is televised every year. Even if you’re not a car fan, it’s a great experience and is a lot of fun for all ages. We mentioned the Pavilions at Talking Stick earlier. They also feature a car show of their own every Saturday night. This car show typically features more muscle based cars and motorcycles but many types of vehicles are welcome. Get your heart pumping with some great cars and some fast paced action!
Phoenix is home to many things for people with different tastes. Whether you like to shop or enjoy trying different foods Phoenix has a place for it. Again, we do deal with some extreme heat but in a positive light that contributes to our unique environment. There are a handful of places in the world with cacti and desert wildlife in addition to blooming metropolitan areas. Come to Phoenix and come check out what we have to offer!