Phoenix's perpetual sunshine might tempt you to find a secluded resort and spend all your days sipping margaritas next to the swimming pool. Don't give in. Exploring our city and finding things to do in Phoenix's desert horizons will broaden yours.
Take it from a local. Greater Phoenix writers share their thoughts about the city—and how to spend quality time in it—in the hope their stories will inspire your travel ideas.
Hiker who’s traversed the state (twice) on the AZT shares her favorite trail segments near Phoenix.
In Midtown and Uptown, eat/drink/shop gathering places thrive where strip malls once stood.
Craft beer, waterfalls, a bat cave and more: They're all in a day's walk along Phoenix's canals.
These intra-city road trips allow you to travel from Point A to Point Beautiful…and be back at your hotel in time for dinner.
Who needs a car when a ‘conveyor belt’ can transport you between Central Phoenix dining and drinks?
This multi-mountain trek inspires hikers to look beyond Phoenix’s iconic peaks.
A leisurely float puts rivergoers up close to wild mustangs, blue herons and bald eagles.
A transplanted Southerner satisfies her hankering for the tastes of home at these local joints.
Bitter & Twisted barman Ross Simon takes writer on a tour of his favorite Central Phoenix cocktail spots.
Ariel Bracamonte’s passion project—a retro arcade bar—is a game changer for downtown Phoenix’s nightlife scene.
Ex-Phoenix cop shows off his softer, sweeter side by cranking out some of the city’s best frozen treats.
At his shop in the cowboy town of Cave Creek, Eric Watson crafts hats that last a lifetime.
A local writer and bona fide pizza fanatic gives us the rundown on Phoenix’s formidable pizza scene.
Rent a Grid Bike and pedal off on a two-wheel tour of Central Phoenix's arts and culture scene.
This taxidermist’s shop in Central Phoenix is the place to go for freeze-dried bats and beetle earrings.
Your trip, your way. Find inspiration for your Phoenix vacation with these four-day itineraries created by our travel experts and loyal locals.
Feel the sun on your skin and the dirt beneath your feet with these desert adventures.
Savvy spenders can enjoy the best of Phoenix without breaking the bank with these activities and attractions.
Go where the locals go. Live like a Phoenician at these neighborhood hangouts.
Experience bucket-list destinations—such as Grand Canyon National Park and Sedona—by day and be back in town by night.
Experience Phoenix's Old West roots with horseback rides through the desert and a visit to native culture museums.
Find family fun that entertains both parents and children alike at interactive museums, the Phoenix Zoo and wild water parks.
Wine. Dine. Unwind. Repeat. Soothing spa days, wine tastings and retail therapy await.
Go beyond the bleachers and experience fun-loving fandom. Golf in the footsteps of pros, get behind the wheel of a racecar and more.
Lavish yourself in luxury and bold adventure with fine Phoenix dining, upscale shopping and pulse-pounding experiences.
Desert adventures, urban exploration, family fun, and more: Find attractions and things to do that suit your vacation desires in the categories below.
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