Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe

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  • 1. Camelback Mountain

    Camelback Corridor | Mountain

    Named for its resemblance to a camel's hump, Phoenix's most iconic landmark is also one of its most popular hiking destinations. Its two trails...Read More

  • 2. Desert Botanical Garden


    Opened in 1939 to conserve and showcase the ecology of the desert, these 150 acres contain more than 4,000 different species of cacti, succulents...Read More

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  • 3. Heard Museum

    North Central Phoenix | Museum/Gallery

    Pioneer settlers Dwight and Maie Heard built a Spanish colonial–style building on their property to house their collection of Southwestern art...Read More

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  • 4. Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

    North Phoenix | Museum/Gallery

    A fun destination for even casual music fans, the museum offers a rare display of music and instruments going back hundreds of years—including...Read More

  • 5. Pinnacle Peak Park

    North Scottsdale | Trail

    This popular trailhead with jaw-dropping views of the Valley is a good spot to picnic, rock climb, bike, or hike in a beautiful desert environment...Read More

  • 6. Taliesin West

    North Scottsdale | Historic Home

    Ten years after visiting Arizona in 1927 to consult on designs for the Biltmore hotel, architect Frank Lloyd Wright chose 600 acres of rugged...Read More

  • 7. Arcosanti


    The evolving complex and community of Arcosanti was masterminded by Italian architect Paolo Soleri to be a self-sustaining habitat in which...Read More

  • 8. Arizona Museum of Natural History


    Kids young and old get a thrill out of the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the state. You can also pan for gold and see changing exhibits...Read More

  • 9. Arizona Science Center

    Downtown Phoenix | Museum/Gallery

    With more than 300 hands-on exhibits, this is the venue for science-related exploration. You can pilot a simulated airplane flight, travel through...Read More

  • 10. Arizona State University

    Educational Institution

    What began in 1886 as the Tempe Normal School for Teachers, a four-room redbrick building and 20-acre cow pasture, is now the 750-acre Tempe...Read More

  • 11. Arizona State University Art Museum


    This museum is in the gray-purple stucco Nelson Fine Arts Center, just north of Gammage Auditorium on the Arizona State campus. For a relatively...Read More

  • 12. Besh-Ba Gowah Archaeological Park

    Indigenous Sight

    For a step 800 years back in time, tour the 2 acres of the excavated Salado Indian site at the Besh-Ba Gowah Archaeological Park on the southeastern...Read More

  • 13. Boyce Thompson Arboretum


    At the foot of Picketpost Mountain in Superior, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is often called an oasis in the desert: the arid rocky expanse...Read More

  • 14. Butterfly Wonderland

    North Scottsdale | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The largest butterfly pavilion in the United States gives kids (and their parents) a close-up view of thousands of butterflies in a temperature...Read More

  • 15. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

    Indigenous Sight

    This site, whose original purpose still eludes archaeologists, was unknown to European explorers until Father Kino, a Jesuit missionary, first...Read More

  • 16. Cave Creek Museum


    Exhibits at the Cave Creek Museum depict pioneer living, mining, and ranching. See an original 1920s tuberculosis cabin and a collection of...Read More

  • 17. Children's Museum of Phoenix

    Downtown Phoenix | Museum/Gallery

    A playground for kids of all ages, this museum features hands-on exhibits where children learn by playing. Venture through the "noodle forest...Read More

  • 18. Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

    Indigenous Sight

    This is the largest concentration of ancient petroglyphs in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Some 1,500 of the cryptic symbols are here, left...Read More

  • 19. Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

    Indigenous Sight

    Any visit to Arizona requires a viewing of petroglyphs, and the Deer Valley Rock Art Center is one of the best in the state. Its proximity to...Read More

  • 20. Desert Caballeros Western Museum


    One of the best collections of Western art in the nation includes paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington, Albert Bierstadt, Joe Beeler...Read More

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