Standing at 2,704 feet, Camelback Mountain is conveniently located in the center of the Phoenix Valley. From the mountain's base to its top, the panorama of the beautiful landscape and city is all around, making the hike a must for locals and visitors alike. Hikers may choose from two different trails, Echo Canyon or Cholla, with Echo Canyon being steeper and Cholla being longer. Blue skies and a feeling of accomplishment will meet you at the top of Camelback!
Escape the city and add another dimension to your Phoenix trip with a hot air balloon ride. 2 Fly Us offers stunning, scenic flights over the Valley of the Sun seven days a week. Guests can even choose sunrise or sunset flights, providing the weather is clear and safe. Rides may be scheduled all year round, and each package lasts between 2 and 4 hours (factoring in pick and drop off), with 1 hour for the in-air flight.
The Heard Museum has been preserving Native American culture with historical accuracy and diligent sensitivity since 1929. Collaborating with Native peoples from the Phoenix area, Heard is recognized for its educational programs and exhibits, as well as its exciting festivals. Native artists and communities have contributed gorgeous art and their own, first person perspectives. The Heard Museum is proud to serve as the modem through which this unique, Southwestern history is available for Phoenix locals and visitors.
Long raved as a must-see event for Phoenix locals and visitors, the Carnival of Illusion brings a taste of old world magic to the Valley of the Sun. The Carnival combines Vaudeville Magic, Mystery and romantic intrigue for a night of endless entertainment. As each show is limited to a few dozen guests, advance reservations are required. Children under 13 are not permitted, and showtimes are between 6pm and 8.30pm.
The South Mountain Park and Preserve is the largest municipal park in the nation with more than 16,000 acres. The trails offer activities for everyone, from horseback riding to hiking and mountain biking. Cars enter Summit Road and are allowed to proceed to Dobbins Lookout and Gila Lookout. Dobbins Lookout is perfect for a valley vista, and Gila Lookout provides riveting views of the Gila River Valley. Be wary that the road is not only shared by bikers and hikers, but also contains steep sections and blind curves. Do not exceed 25 mph.
Borne of Boyce Gully's love for his daughter, the Mystery Castle was erected by Gully himself as a testament to imagination, creativity and passion. The castle has now been critically acclaimed and nationally recognized for its fortitude and emotionally stirring qualities. Tours are from 11am to 4pm on Thursday through Sunday during the months of October through June.
50 year-old fairways, spaciously lush layouts, serene mountain vistas and its grand history all await guests at the Adobe Golf Course at Arizona Biltmore. The Adobe is Phoenix's diamond of courses, alluring players who retain a respect for golf's rich past. The course champions itself as a return to the original intentions of the game: beauty in simplicity.
Bryan Adams, Lewis Black and Feist are just several acts to have passed through the esteemed Orpheum Theater at Phoenix. Spanish Baroque Revival décor adorns the lobby, while the 1,364-seat auditorium has fantastic columns and a hand-painted ceiling depicting a sunset. The Orpheum features the Theatre League’s, Broadway Series, national tours, comedy shows and even jazz concerts. Call for news about upcoming events!
The Pueblo Grande Museum is Phoenix's learning destination for those wishing to venture into the lives, times and history of the area's cultures. There are three galleries and an award-winning theater. In accompaniment, guests can walk along the outdoor interpretive trail, which features a ballcourt of the Hohokam peoples, prehistoric ruins of the platform mound, canal waterways, housing replicas and the interpretive agricultural garden.
Not your typical botanical garden, the Desert Botanical Garden has the unique position of featuring both normal flora and flora natural to the sandy terrain. The garden is 140 acres of pure wonder, with 55 acres under cultivation and over 50,000 plants being showcased in the outdoor exhibits. The Ottosen Entry Garden provides amenities for visitors, paving way for the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail or the Desert Discovery Loop Trail. The latter connects to all trails and exhibits.
In order to become a basilica, a church must be determined by the Pope to be of exceptional and ceremonial significance for the Catholic Church. Such is St. Mary's Basilica in Phoenix, which opens its doors for everyone to partake in its beauty. The stained glass windows and carillon tower are breathtaking, and its historic 1987 visit from Pope John Paul II serves to add to its grandeur. As daily mass is still celebrated, please be mindful of your attire and behavior.
The Adobe Railroad Park is the perfect family getaway any day! The 7.5" gauge trains are sure to excite as you travel down five separate routes for the 15 minute rides. Catch glimpses of surprise "settlements" along the routes, and prepare to be awed by the authenticity of the tracks, switches, depot and switch lights.
Quiessence is Phoenix and fine dining at its best. The cuisine is all handcrafted and a fresh combination of traditional and modern American fare. All ingredients are locally grown from Arizona's farms and herdsman. Dine indoors or outdoors with amazement coming standard.
As one of Phoenix's oldest restaurants, Durant's has over 60 years of pride and excellence serving the Valley of the Sun and its citizens. It has become a tradition of fine dining, with treasured steaks, marquee desserts and wines by the glass. The interior is lit with zesty tones of orange and crimson, all completed with wood accenting. Enter through the back kitchen door to experience Durant's and one of Phoenix's finest.
With four Arizona locations, the Tutti Santi in Phoenix retains its classic Italian, neighborhood feel. The food is exceptionally genuine Italian cuisine, as the restaurant's owner originates from San Remo, Italy! Tutti Santi seeks to give Phoenix natives and visitors a true Italian experience, which means natural fun with undertones of class and sophistication. Reservations may be made online, and please dress business casual.
Sakana Sushi & Grill offers Arizona four locations of traditional Japanese cuisine. Sakana at Phoenix awaits with a welcoming staff, fantastic portions and delicious sushi and teppanyaki. Check the website for their locations in Scottsdale, Glendale and Mesa.
Owned by the acclaimed Chef Mark Tarbell, Tarbell's is Phoenix's home for award-winning American cuisine. Dine at tables with exquisite white tablecloths, complementing the wood decor and maple bar. Enjoy your choice of wines from the extensive wine list and wine-by-the-glass menu.
A stunning desert vista accompanies every meal at Elements, the upscale restaurant at Scottsdale's Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. The cuisine is an American-Asian fusion composed of always farm-fresh ingredients. Vegetarian and gluten-free dishes are also available. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Located internationally as well as nationally, The Melting Pot of Scottsdale is the premier fondue restaurant in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The four-course meal is perfect for lasting conversations and easy comfort with a table side cheese fondue. Salads, vegetables, meats and seafood are all served with a variety of dipping sauces, and dessert is accompanied by the delectable chocolate fondue.
As the name suggests, Alice Cooper'stown restaurant is owned by the rock god himself. The menu is sure to bring a smile to your face with dishes like "Lady Gaga's Hot Links," "Johnny Depp's Beef Dip," and the "Tom Brady Burger." Drink specials run daily, and there is a draft and microbrew menu. Alice Cooper'stown Bar & Grill lets you eat like rock star.
Mirroring the business district in which it resides, Alexi's Grill is known for its specialty lunches and seating that fosters intimate conversation. Courses include the Alaskan Halibut (flown in daily), signature soups, veal and rack of lamb. The lounge or patio is the perfect venue for happy hour, which features specialty cocktails and appetizers.
A lunchtime favorite of Phoenix citizens, Marston's is located in the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Marston's is a "brasserie-style" bistro, while the Icon Lounge is open for lunch and dinner. The Icon specializes in hand-crafted martinis and mixed-drinks.
Venue's is a beautiful, all-American bistro with the comfortable design of brick, wood, stone and copper textures. A fireplace beckons ease and relaxation beside the wine cellar. Abstract art pieces line the walls. And the aromas of coffee and good food are never far from your senses.
The Rustic Cafe offers new and traditional American, Greek, Italian and Mexican cuisine for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. It's incredibly family-friendly with a warm design of tiled walls and fun color schemes. Oh, and don't forget to ask about the Pizano Challenge: if you can eat the entire pizano in 45 minutes without help, it's free.
With both interior and beautiful outdoor seating, Coffee Rush offers specialty coffees, classic favorites and non-coffee beverages. Patrons especially like the Chai Tea, Strawberry Chiller, Deadly Soda and Mint Mocha Frost. There is also a Coffee Rush located in Gilbert. Check the website for the nearest location to you.
In addition to its restaurant area, Red, White & Brew nods to its name with an extensive drink menu. Bottled and draft microbrews have made this a favorite spot for brew connoisseurs. Boutique wines are also featured and the staff are knowledgeable to assist with giving patrons the best experience.
The Mint Ultra Lounge, whose name derives from its location in a former bank, is 4,500 square feet of unadulterated fun for a night in the town. With Old Scottsdale's largest patio, The Mint offers guests the perfect venue for enjoying drinks in the beautiful ambiance. Inside, the place bounces with house and pop music, whether in the private dining and wine room, VIP rooms or at the 30 foot bar.
Located in Phoenix's thriving CityScape, Gypsy Bar is an entertainment fusion of dining, drinking and old-fashioned fun. The DJ booth is situated around a raised stage and video screens. The dance floor itself has snow and hazer machines, confetti cannons, CO2 blasts. Gypsy also features a game room equipped with old school and new school arcade favorites.
Voted one of Maxim Magazine’s "Top 40 Neighborhood Bars," Roman’s Oasis Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant has been a staple of nightlife for over 23 years. Live country music, karaoke, Texas Hold-Em tournaments, Shuffleboard tournaments and even country dance lessons all await guests at Roman's.
Crafted after its mother location in London, Roka Akor brings this touch of class to an equally sophisticated Scottsdale location. The cuisine is contemporary Robatayaki Japanese and the drink menu is sublime: wine, sake, liquor, Japanese beer and shochu comprise the bar. The environment is bolstered by soft glass and warm earth tones.
This open-air marketplace is a mixture of a farmer's market, a foodie spectacle and a craft market. The most sought-after food trucks can be found here while in the other part of the market local artists display their work of art and famers sell their locally grown produce.
Taking place on 1st Saturdays, October through Apr in Tempe, the Thieves Market is an outdoor flea market. Discover great deals on antiques, vintage, art, retro, mid-century modern, and one-of-a-kind merchandise. If the hunger kicks in, do not worry, there are food trucks provided in the area.
The Desert Ridge Marketplace is far more than just a shopping venue. With its multitude of entertainment amenities, Desert Ridge is perfect for an entire day of satisfying all your senses. Watch a movie at the AMC cinema, eat and be merry at Dave & Buster's, curl up with a book at Barnes & Noble, embrace your creative side with pottery painting at As You Wish, or accompany your little ones at the Play Factory. The store directory is built to impress as well, with names like American Eagle, DSW, Old Navy and more.
Biltmore is truly a fashion park. Walk upon pristine lawns and flower-embellished walkways in between stores like Escada, Ralph Lauren, Saks and more. Phoenix's original destination for luxury shopping also provides guests with fine dining in restaurants like True Food Kitchen and The Capital Grille. Also enjoy the historic, surrounding neighborhood of grand homes, resorts and fantastical high-rises.
Scottsdale is synonymous with Uptown style and posh amenities for the fashion-forward shopper. There are over 250 shops, including but notwithstanding Jimmy Choo, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. The amenities span fine dining options as well.
The main airport serving the Phoenix area is a hub for US Airways. All major U.S. airlines, plus Air Canada, British Airways, WestJet and Aeromexico also operate out of PSHIA. Nonstop service is available to roughly 80 domestic and 20 international destinations. The airport is 3 miles (4.8 km) from the central business district with the Valley Metro bus route 13 serving all terminals. Taxi access is through terminals 2, 3 and 4. SuperShuttle provides collective transportation. The Rental Car Center is located in its own building at 1805 East Sky Harbor Circle South.