Outdoor fun meets urban cool in the Valley of the Sun, a place where you can kayak past wild horses by day, then sip cocktails in a decadent bar by night. And, no matter where you are in Greater Phoenix, you’re never far from a saguaro-dotted peak or a delicious meal.
From the Ashes
Phoenix was so named because, like the mythical bird, it rose from the ashes of its predecessor: the ancient, vanished Hohokam civilization. Look back at the Pueblo Grande Museum, home to the mud rooms and ball court of a 1,000-year-old village, and learn how those original residents irrigated the valley by carving the New World’s largest canal system.
Blooms at the Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden slays the stereotype that deserts are all barren and beige. Its trails wind past magenta cactus blossoms, fuchsia penstemons, and sculptural succulents. During the night-time Electric Desert installation (through May 2019), colorful lights dance across the ora in sync with enchanting electronica.
Colorful Culture at Roosevelt Row
In Roosevelt Row, downtown Phoenix’s arts district, bungalows are canvases for vibrant murals. During carnivalesque First Fridays and quieter Third Fridays, thousands of people converge here to gallery hop, watch street performers, and listen to live music at venues such as the Nash where performers have included renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and Phoenix-born drummer Lewis Nash.