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Free-Time Itineraries

Whether you're looking to squeeze in some R&R between sessions or have a full day to explore before or after your conference, we've got itineraries below to help you experience downtown and beyond.

2 Hours

  • If you're downtown, take a stroll down Roosevelt Row, where artwork abounds—both in galleries such as Modified Arts, MADE Art Boutique, and monOrcid; and on building walls and alleyways in the form of murals creates by the city's talented street artists. 

  • While in the area, grab a drink at popular spots such as Angels Trumpet Ale House and Cobra Arcade Bar, or dine at locally-owned favorites such as Carly's Bistro, or one of downtown's renowned pizzerias

  • If your downtown stay has you here on a Saturday, rise early and join Phoenix Rising Tours for their Downtown Phoenix art and mural bike tour (tours are available select Saturdays).

  • If staying east of downtown, take in a quick, easy hike along the red sandstone buttes at Papago Park.

 

4 Hours

  • Hop on the light rail or take a quick car ride up Central Avenue to two of the city's most popular cultural attractions: Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum. Give yourself a couple hours time at either spot. Art fans will also find the Lisa Sette Gallery a short walk from the Central Avenue and Thomas Road light rail stop.

  • Central Avenue is brimming with restaurants in a myriad of cuisines. Check out our Central Phoenix dining blog post for recommendations. Also in Central Phoenix is a number of eat/drink/shop gathering spots. Get the details on the area's 'microhoods'. Want to imbibe at a few spots? Let this five-stop light rail pub crawl be your guide. 

  • Dine around downtown with Taste it Tours. Their Historic Downtown Phoenix Food Tour explores the history, roots and reasons downtown is becoming a popular food attraction with stops at five restaurants.

  • With so many of the city's desert preserves located right in the city, four hours gives you plenty of time to get in a full hike. Get the details on South Mountain Park and Preserve, Camelback Mountain, Phoenix Mountains Preserve—which includes Piestewa Peak— and Papago Park.

 

8 Hours

 

24 Hours

With an extra day added on, you can use Phoenix as a hub to explore some of the state’s best sights—namely the red rocks of Sedona (2-hour drive) or our famous Grand Canyon (3.5-hour drive): See our Day Trips page for ideas. But if you didn’t get a chance to sight-see around town with the suggestions in the 2, 4 or 8-hour itineraries, we’d recommend this full day in Phoenix:

 

Morning

  • Kickstart your morning with coffee and breakfast at a local coffee shop.

  • Phoenix is a mecca for urban hiking, and you can hit any of these top trails for amazing views and pristine Sonoran Desert scenery just a short drive from where you’re staying.

  • Or, roll down the windows for a scenic drive in the city.

Afternoon

Evening