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Best Things To Do in Phoenix

Phoenix has more to offer than simply resort life. Use each part of town for what it does best. Shop in Scottsdale, then party in Tempe. Check out the museums in Downtown Phoenix, then hike in Carefree. Catch a major league baseball spring training game in Mesa and watch football and hockey in Glendale. A stroll through the Desert Botanical Garden and a hike up Camelback Mountain are also musts. Laid-back travelers can spend money at the city's outdoor and indoor shopping malls. And those that are feeling lucky can try their hands at one of the reservation casinos.

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#1
Camelback Mountain Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: As the highest peak in Phoenix, Camelback Mountain is probably the most scenic hiking spot in the city. Soaring 2 ... read more»

#2
Phoenix Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Phoenix Zoo is a great place to enjoy nature without your little ones dying of boredom. There are four ... read more»

#3
Phoenix Art Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Housed within a prime example of contemporary architecture is one of the largest art museums in the Southwest (with more ... read more»

#4
Chase Field
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Watching the Arizona Diamondbacks play at Chase Field is a worthwhile experience, even if you aren't a diehard baseball ... read more»

#5
Desert Botanical Garden
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Sprawling across 50 acres in Papago Park, the desert may seem like the last place you'd expect to find ... read more»

#6
Heard Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're a history buff or an art aficionado (or both), take advantage of the spectacular exhibits -- and air ... read more»

#7
Golf Courses
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Despite being surrounded by desert, Phoenix is emerging as a premiere golf destination. In fact, the Valley of the Sun ... read more»

#8
Spas
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If hiking and golf aren't really your cup of tea, consider a day spent wrapped in seaweed or soaking ... read more»

#9
Arizona Science Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Seek refuge from the broiling Phoenix weather in the Arizona Science Center, where interactive displays teach kids about everything from ... read more»

#10
Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Arizona's red-desert landscape is a feast for the eyes, but beauty doesn't just lie on the surface. For ... read more»

#11
Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: History and archaeology buffs should put a trip to Pueblo Grande at the top of their list of things to ... read more»

#12
Taliesin West
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Frank Lloyd Wright loved the Sonoran Desert, and he used these 600 acres of property at the base of the ... read more»

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