Phoenix Valley Guide - 101 Things to Do
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Phoenix Valley Guide - 101 Things to Do
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Phoenix Valley Guide - 101 Things to Do
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Phoenix Valley Guide - 101 Things to Do
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Spring/Summer 2018

101 Things to Do

Editor’s note: Valley Guide’s “101 Cool Things to Do” are listed in no particular order. All information given here was accurate at press time. You may want to phone for confirmation prior to visiting these attractions.

1. VISIT HISTORIC WICKENBURG

When visitors want a real, authentic taste of the Wild West, they visit Wickenburg. The town has successfully merged the past with the present in a way that awakens the cowboy in everyone.  Enjoy a day of fine art at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, watch a performance at The Webb Center, or take a historic walking tour through Wickenburg’s restored downtown. We hike trails, ride horses, and then ride in a jeep to experience natural trails and historic places.  We can participate in or watch team roping at local arenas, ride a mountain bike, hit a golf ball at one of three courses, or sit and wait for the sunset. We disconnect from the grid and reconnect with each other, as we have since 1863. Take a day trip or spend a week, because there’s no better place to truly experience the historic wonder of the West. Contact the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at 216 North Frontier Street, Wickenburg, Arizona 85390 or call 928-684-5479, 928-684-0977, or email visitwickenburg@gmail.com

2. LIVE FAST

Experience the ultimate entertainment rush at Octane Raceway in Scottsdale. Our karts fly down the track at 45 mph. After the race, try our new Velocity VR attraction. We also have a full-service bar and grill, prize-winning games, and mini bowling. Call 602-302-7223 or visit octaneraceway.com.

3. HERITAGE SQUARE PHOENIX

Heritage Square is the oldest remaining residential block in the City of Phoenix. With ten fully-restored buildings, it offers visitors a unique look into the vibrant history of Phoenix at the turn of the 19th century.  Today, the Square features the Rosson House Museum (built in 1895, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Museum Store, Handcrafted – a vintage maker space, an exhibit gallery, three award-winning restaurants, a coffee bar, and a spectacular event facility.  On display in the Museum through October 2018, Plate Expectations: Victorian Dining, Decorum & Dishes, including artifacts from the restoration and archaeological digs in and around the Square.  Hours: Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun. 12-4 p.m.  Call 602-262-5070, or visit heritagesquarePHX.org.

4. LEARN ABOUT THE REAL JURASSIC WORLD

Seen the movie? Now learn about the real science at the AZ Museum of Natural History. Visit our newest exhibition, Dino Zone! Have fun playing indoors while learning everything you always wanted to know about dinosaurs. Plus, Dino Mountain has a 3-story, indoor waterfall with dinosaurs that roar and so much more. Marvel at Cretaceous Seas, an exhibit about the ocean more than 66 million years ago. Pan for gold in the History Courtyard, visit a real territorial jail, learn about Arizona’s geological wonders, and much more! Visit azmnh.org for more information.

5. ROOSTER COGBURN OSTRICH RANCH

“The Darndest Place You’ll Ever Visit!” Voted one of the best roadside attractions in America. Come get a hands-on experience like no other at this extreme petting zoo. Have fun with the goofy ostriches, miniature donkeys, rainbow lorikeets, goat kissing booth, bunny exhibit, stingray hand feeding, and more. It is laugh-out-loud fun for all ages! On I-10 and exit 219 at Picacho Peak. roostercogburn.com or call 520-466-3658.

6. COWBOYS AND ARTISTS

Roam “out Wickenburg way” to discover the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, a world-famous collection of Western art and artifacts featuring interactive exhibits on Arizona’s colorful history. Summer fun with free admission for kids! Visit us at westernmuseum.org.

7. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK

Experience a completely different view of wildlife! Witness breathtaking creatures and their natural behavior up-close. Safari tours, exciting shows, hands-on interaction, and our exhilarating zip line tour over predators create an awe-inspiring adventure guaranteed to have you grinning from ear to ear. 928-567-2840, outofafricapark.com.

8. SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN MUSEUM

Experience the fact and folklore of the Superstition Mountains/Wilderness Area while temperatures are up, but visitor volume is down. Museum, gift shop and bookstore welcome those seeking to learn about the history and mystery of the area, including the Lost Dutchman Mine. 480-983-4888, superstitionmountainmuseum.org.

9. FLY-FISHING

Woolly buggers, zug bugs, scuds, midges, pupas, and other colorful creatures become your friends when you attend a fly-fishing school or an outing run by an expert guide. Despite being a desert state, Arizona has enough lakes and fish to keep any avid angler busy and happy. Pack a lunch and spend a day or more on the Mogollon Rim trout fishing, or visit the nearby White Mountains—the only place in the world where you can hook the rare Apache trout. Phone Orvis (480-905-1400) or Lees Ferry Anglers (800-962-9755) for lessons and equipment.

10. ARIZONA LATINO ARTS & CULTURAL CENTER

Explore the art, culture, and history of Arizona’s Latino community at the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center. The art gallery, Galéria 147, holds works by veteran and up-and-coming Latino, Chicano, and indigenous artists. The center’s eclectic and vibrant gift shop, La Tiendita—offering local artwork, crafts, and gifts—shouldn’t be missed. The center is located at 147 E. Adams St. in Phoenix. Admission is free. Open 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Weds.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Fri.–Sat. Phone 602-254-9817 or visit alacaz.org.

11. WHITE MOUNTAINS

The White Mountains offer more pine trees and fresh air than you can shake a tent, hammock, or cross-country ski at. Not an outdoorsman? Shop for antiques, tour historic pioneer homes, visit Native American artisans, or live it up with games and big-name entertainment at the casino. Visit the towns of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Snowflake, Eagar, and Greer to experience 4-season fun and welcoming and friendly locals. Come for the scenery. Stay for the recreation, culture, history, and heritage. Visit azwhitemountains.net.

12. MACALPINE’S DINER & SODA FOUNTAIN

Looking for fun, food, and shopping? This historic Phoenix landmark is a must! Enjoy lunch and dinner entrées including mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, and blue-plate specials. Don’t miss the award-winning Reuben or Clubhouse. Save room for dessert—MacAlpine’s pies, made from Amish recipes, are outstanding. Or choose one of 99 soda flavors, old-fashioned malts, or decadent ice cream creations. You’ll have a blast shopping in the retro and antique store, which is filled with an eclectic mix of treasures including furniture, jewelry, and vintage clothing. We know you’ll love MacAlpine’s as much as we do! Just north of downtown Phoenix, 2303 N. 7th St., 602-262-5545.

13. LARGEST FIRE MUSEUM

Explore 6 air-conditioned galleries and 35,000 square feet of firefighting exhibits at The Hall of Flame. See more than 70 beautifully restored fire apparatus, ranging from an English engine built in 1725 to fully operational engines and ladder trucks from the 1950s and 60s. The National Firefighting Hall of Heroes honors nearly 9,000 fallen firefighters. Another gallery tells the story of wildland firefighting. Hands-on exhibits engage the kids, including a fire-safety house and a 1952 American La France engine, available for boarding. At 6101 E. Van Buren St., across from the Phoenix Zoo and next door to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun.; $7 adults, $6 seniors older than 62, $5 students ages 6–17, $2 for children 3–5, free under age 3. Free parking. 602-275-3473, hallofflame.org.

14. MODERN GROVE VIEWS RESTAURANT

Modern Grove Views and Docktails offers hand-crafted food with spectacular views of dolphins and mountains. Docktails’ innovative Cal-izona menu is enjoyed poolside in its “beach day in the desert” environment. Located at OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Building B, Scottsdale, 480-291-6577.

15. BE COOL IN YUMA

The “Sunniest City on Earth” has plenty of cool, fun summer options. From river tubing and boating to water park fun, Yuma helps you beat the heat! Start planning your great getaway now at visityuma.com or 800-293-0071

16. EXPLORE THE SKY

Greater Phoenix is famous for its beautiful sunsets, but that’s only the beginning of the sky show. Three local parks play host to nighttime lessons under (and about) the stars. They are one part astronomy lesson and one part telescope stargazing, with on-hand constellation experts to make the concepts as clear as the night sky. Check out White Tank Mountain Regional Park (623-935-2505), Cave Creek Regional Park (623-465-0431), and San Tan Mountain Regional Park (480-655-5554). For stargazing dates, visit maricopacountyparks.net.

17. TALKING STICK RESORT

Set amid pristine desert landscapes and surrounded by panoramic views of the Valley, Talking Stick Resort is the ultimate getaway destination. From its 497 well-appointed suites and indulgent 14th-floor spa to its seven celebrated restaurants, lounges and multiple entertainment venues, it has something for everyone. Headline concerts and comedy shows are among the resort’s staples. However, the property’s centerpiece is its expansive gaming floor featuring more than 800 slots, table games, and Arizona’s largest poker room. Don’t miss summer sunsets high atop the 15th floor at Orange Sky, its award-winning fine dining restaurant, and the return of RELEASE, its exclusive pool parties with the hottest global DJs. Former RELEASE parties have featured the likes of Diplo, Skrillex, and Steve Aoki. 480-850-7777, visit talkingstickresort.com.

18. #1 WESTERN MUSEUM

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West features regularly changing and ongoing exhibits of Western and Native American art and artifacts that bring the West’s history and cultural heritage to life. Exhibitions range from rare posters starring silver screen cowboys and Indians to Hopi pottery masterworks and other historical treasures, such as Captain Meriwether Lewis’ presentation style pipe tomahawk and Kit Carson’s pistol and message pouch. In addition to being a TripAdvisor highly rated attraction, the museum became a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2015 and has been repeatedly named “Best Western Museum” in the nation (True West magazine). Located in Old Town Scottsdale, the museum is within easy walking distance of popular restaurants, art galleries and shopping. 480-686-9539, scottsdalemuseumwest.org

19. MEGA CANDY STORE

Family-owned and operated, Sweeties Candy is one of Arizona’s favorite destinations! This 13,000-square-foot mega candy warehouse stocks more than 4,000 candies from more than 175 manufacturers from around the world, making Sweeties the largest candy store in the state! Sweeties Candy will take you down memory lane with an endless selection of sweet treats, from national brands, regional brands, and local favorites to the hard-to-find nostalgic candies of yesterday and new crazes of today! Be sure to quench your thirst in the new soda department, stocking more than 350 glass bottle, cane sugar sodas! Sweeties Candy is open Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and is located just minutes east of I-10 and only 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Call 480-899-4245 or visit us at sweetiescandyaz.com.

20. TEE IT UP

Pick a course, any course. Greater Phoenix is home to dozens of fabulous golf courses. Grab your clubs and swing away on layouts ranging from lush traditional style greens to jaw-dropping desert designs. Insider tip: During the summer months, many offer deeply discounted greens fees. Check visitphoenix.com for a list of courses.

21. ACROSS ARIZONA TOURS

Join our exciting guided tours to the following scenic Arizona destinations: the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Navajo Nation, Montezuma Castle, Jerome, the Apache Trail, Phoenix and Scottsdale city tours, and many more. Great for individuals, as well as small and large groups that want to experience the beauty and adventure that Arizona offers. Across Arizona Tours picks up at most hotels and resorts in Greater Phoenix, with tours departing daily.

We offer our popular one-day van tours, as well as corporate tours, multi-day tours, and custom tours. A highly trained and certified guide who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Arizona leads each one. If you are ready to explore Arizona in comfort, call 888-533-1813 or book online at acrossarizonatours.com.

22. ART WALKS

The Scottsdale Gallery Association sponsors a weekly ArtWalk (scottsdalegalleries.com), Thurs. 6–9 p.m., with self-guided tours, live entertainment, and artist appearances. First Fridays (artlinkphoenix.com) lets you tour Downtown Phoenix galleries once a month, 6–10 p.m., with free trolley transportation between locations. The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership presents the Downtown Chandler Art Walk (downtownchandler.org/artwalk) the 3rd Fri. of every month, 6–9:30 p.m. The East Valley Art Guild and Downtown Mesa Merchants present 2nd Fridays (downtownmesa.com/2nd-friday) on Main Street in Downtown Mesa the 2nd Fri. of every month, 6–10 p.m.

23. ESCAPE THE VALLEY

Only 90 miles north of Phoenix, Prescott offers historic charm with a Cheers-like hometown atmosphere. All summer, Prescott hosts exciting events such as the World’s Oldest Rodeo, the Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike endurance race, and Summer Concert Series on the Square, as well as art walks every Friday. Surrounded by the Prescott National Forest, a plethora of outdoor adventures await, including hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping that allow you to evade the noise of the city. Near downtown, Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos offer slot machines, blackjack, poker, and live music along with great food and monthly promotions. Yavapai Casino is home to Northern Arizona’s largest nonsmoking slot room. Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos are the ideal way to escape the valley this summer. 800-756-8744, buckyscasino.com.

24. SHOP ’TIL YOU DROP

Area shopping centers provide endless opportunities for browsing, eating, and, of course, shopping. See our “Shopping Guide” page for details.

25. POLAR PLAY ICE BAR & LOUNGE

This indoor ice world features fun interactive games, frozen experiences, and icy drinks at 23 degrees! Great place for family fun, and adults only time (21 and up) Fri. and Sat. nights from 7 p.m. to midnight. Located at OdySea in the Desert: 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480-291-6578.

26. SEE STREET ART

The creative spirit roams free through the streets of Greater Phoenix as murals and commissioned outdoor works move beyond museum walls to find life on the exteriors of buildings. Outside Barrio Café in Phoenix, the walls serve as a concrete canvas for paintings that tell the stories of Latino culture in Arizona. In Scottsdale, artists Ernest Roberts and Tim Medina celebrate the state’s Wild West roots with a mural of American cowgirls on the wall of Fashion by Robert Black. In Downtown Phoenix, tour Roosevelt Row to view emerging street talent.

27. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS

Rare cacti and unique garden specimens can be found in this cool jewel in the desert, just minutes north of Phoenix. Shop and dine along Easy Street and Spanish Village, after a scenic stroll along the 4 acres of the Carefree Desert Gardens. Children can cool off in the Kiwanis Splash Park, featuring a scorpion-like water feature amidst the beautiful Sonoran landscape, just feet away from the iconic Carefree Sundial. Free admission; open 365 days a year. Town of Carefree Desert Gardens: 101 Easy St., 480-488-3686, visitcarefree.com.

28. HON-DAH RESORT CASINO

Escape to the cool White Mountains and stay in Hon-Dah’s Triple Diamond hotel, surrounded by the great outdoors. Amenities include over-sized rooms and more than 800 of some of the newest and best slot machines located in the adjacent casino. There is live entertainment 6 days a week in the Timbers Showroom, including a comedy show every Monday night. The Indian Pine Restaurant receives high ratings and serves dinner from the menu as well as daily buffets such as Friday Seafood Buffet, Saturday Prime Rib Buffet, and Sunday Brunch. So, beat the heat and visit the coolest spot in Arizona this summer. Catch the Ninth Annual White Mountain Bike Rally on June 22 and 23. 800-WAY-UP-HI (929-8744), hon-dah.com. 777 Hwy. 260, 3 miles south of Pinetop.

29. DOLLY STEAMBOAT

Rated one of the “Best Things To Do In Arizona,” the Junior Grand Canyon tour is a premier attraction for locals and tourists alike. Minutes from Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix. Daily air-conditioned nature cruises and twilight dinner cruises. Apache Junction. 480-827-9144, dollysteamboat.com.

30. WHY NOT SHARE-IZONA?

Sibley’s West in Downtown Chandler offers unique gift items—from pottery to candles, prickly pear jelly to hot sauces, Dirt Shirts to cactus plants—from more than 200 Arizona artists and businesses. Call 480-899-4480, or visit us at sibleyswest.com.

31. EXPERIENCE WILLIAMS

Williams is the gateway to the Grand Canyon! Enjoy Route 66, outdoor recreation, and more. Visit experiencewilliams.com or call 928-635-1418.

32. UNCOVER A TREASURE

Think of geocaching as Capture the Flag for the digital generation. Start at geocaching.com. Decide where in Greater Phoenix you want to “hunt.” Map coordinates mark the locations of locally stashed treasure or “caches.” Once you enter your coordinates using your smartphone or GPS device, you can navigate to the booty, sign the logbook that accompanies each cache, and then it’s on to the next one. Popular geocaching locations around Greater Phoenix include Tonto National Forest (602-225-5200) and Mesa’s Park of the Canals (parkofthecanals.org), while urban explorers flock to downtown Phoenix.

33. ARIZONA SNOWBOWL SCENIC CHAIRLIFT

Crystal clear air, sprawling vistas of the Grand Canyon, and cool mountain temperatures are waiting on Snowbowl’s iconic Scenic Chairlift. Get elevated and enjoy the fun, food, and adventure from 11,500 feet. snowbowl.ski

34. TIME FOR TEA

Situated in beautiful Carefree, the English Rose Tea Room is the perfect escape on a hot summer’s day. From a formal afternoon tea to a delicious lunch, or simply a scone with a cup of tea—there is something for every discerning tea lover’s palate.

Open all summer, everyday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for reservations: 480-488-4812. carefreetea.com.

35. METEOR CRATER

Experience the best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth! Features include observation decks, Discovery Center with interactive displays, guided rim tours, gift and rock shop, Subway Restaurant, and more. Open year-round. Located 35 miles east of Flagstaff on I-40. 800-289-5898, meteorcrater.com.

36. AS WATER FLOWS

The Salt River Project History Center gives visitors a look at the history of water development in Greater Phoenix dating from its earliest canal builders, the Hohokam. The center offers free admission and is open 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri. It’s located at 1500 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. Phone 602-236-8888.

37. ART 101

Mesa Arts Center offers ceramics, painting, and drawing classes year-round for kids and adults. Visit mesaartscenter.com.

38. ALL ABOARD!

Ride the rails at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Every half hour, visitors can circle the park. Phone 480-312-2312.

39. CALL OUT THE CAVALRY!

John Wayne fans will remember the 1948 black-and-white classic Fort Apache, directed by John Ford and starring the Duke, Henry Fonda, and Shirley Temple. Well, this is the real Fort Apache. Designated one of the world’s 100 irreplaceable cultural heritage sites by World Monuments Watch, the fort dates back to 1870. Take self-guided walking tours of nearly 20 historic buildings, or visit the old military cemetery, the Apache Cultural Center and Museum, and a replica of an Apache village. From Globe, take US Hwy. 60 east, then north to Carrizo Junction. Turn east on AZ Hwy. 73 to get to Whiteriver and Fort Apache. Phone 928-338-4525.

40. JEROME

Literally built on the side of a mountain, Jerome was a boomtown in 1899 when copper was discovered. With the passage of time, however, the cliffside city gradually turned into a ghost town. And then in the 1960s, artists and assorted bohemians began renovating the old Victorian cottages and boardinghouses. Now, the town is a favorite haunt for shoppers, art enthusiasts, and tourists, with more than a little something for history buffs, too. Visitors can take in the exhibits and artifacts at the Jerome Historical Society’s Mine Museum (928-634-5477) or sample the tasty fare at Mile High Grill & Inn (928-634-5094).

41. SYLVIA PLOTKIN JUDAICA MUSEUM

In Scottsdale, on the grounds of Congregation Beth Israel at 56th St. and Shea Blvd., the Judaica museum features temporary exhibits, as well as permanent displays and a biblical garden. Visitors of any religion are welcome to stop by and learn about different aspects of Judaism. Phone 480-951-0323.

42. THE LIVING PAST

Stroll among original and reconstructed historic buildings at Pioneer Living History Museum, a re-created pioneer town. Watch artisans as they ply their trades. Don’t miss the educational tours, historic exhibits, and stage shows. Phone 623-465-1052.

43. STARGAZING

Come see one of the largest collections of telescopes in the world at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Southern Arizona. Phone 520-318-8600.

44. DESERT LAKES

The Salt River Project and the Tonto National Forest oversee 6 lakes east of Phoenix. All provide great boating and fishing. Phone 602-225-5200.

45. WALNUT CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT

This small but lovely canyon, located 8 miles east of Flagstaff, harbors the remains of some 300 prehistoric Sinagua Indian cliff dwellings. Many are tucked under a stone ledge that sits halfway between the rim and the canyon floor 185 feet below. Phone 928-526-3367.

46. MURPHY’S BRIDLE PATH

Recall the days of yore with a stroll along this tree-lined stretch of Phoenix’s Central Ave. at the Arizona Canal.

47. COOL SCIENCE

Visit Flagstaff’s Museum of Northern Arizona (musnaz.org) for exhibits on biology, geology, anthropology, and more.

48. VALLEY VIEWS

Take a leisurely hilltop drive to experience mesmerizing views of Greater Phoenix. One of our favorites is Lincoln Dr. from 16th St. to 44th St. Prefer to stretch your legs instead? Try the lookout points at South Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Papago Buttes, Pinnacle Peak, and Camelback Mountain.

49. SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK

This popular state park offers spectacular views of Oak Creek Canyon’s red rocks. The prime attraction is a one-ride amusement park called Slide Rock, a natural sandstone sluice in the creek where people love to play. Seven miles north of Sedona. Phone 928-282-3034.

50. BUILDING BRIDGES

Famed Italian designer Paolo Soleri has designed more than 60 bridges over the past 60 years, but only one design has seen the light of day—and it’s right here in Greater Phoenix. To view this masterful work of architecture, named the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, stop by Scottsdale Waterfront. The bridge spans the south side of the Arizona canal and demonstrates the significance of solar movement with 2 steel-clad, 64-foot-high pylons that create shifting shafts of light. The light marks the autumnal equinox, summer solstice, and cross-quarter dates.

51. COMPASS ARIZONA GRILL

Atop the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is the only revolving restaurant in Arizona, offering a dining experience with a 360-degree view of Greater Phoenix. Experience and enjoy a night out, sipping and dining in the lounge and restaurant. Executive Chef Richard Preston creates seasonal menus that include dishes with local flavors, which are complemented by an extensive cocktail and wine selection. This downtown Phoenix establishment is the location to start the night on the town, or the perfect spot to show out-of-towners our stunning Southwest city. Compass opens daily at 5:00 p.m. and offers a reverse happy hour in its lounge, Sunday to Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m. Located at 122 N. 2nd St. in Phoenix. phoenix.regency.hyatt.com.

52. TO MARKET

Get a taste of Greater Phoenix at weekly farmers markets. Throughout the metro area, you can buy locally grown vegetables, fruits, and herbs, as well as jams and jellies, salsas, honey, and more. Contact the Arizona Community Farmers Markets (623-848-1234) for times and locations.

53. BACK TO BESH

The home of the Salado people from about ad 1240 to 1400, Besh Ba Gowah is thought to have been a farming and trading center. Now it’s a great place to learn about the Salado people. Visit the park’s museum, botanical garden, and trails. Located 1¼ miles from Globe on Jesse Hayes Rd. Phone 928-425-0320.

54. MEXICAN FOOD

Carne asada, empanada—just the names tempt your palate. Check out our “Dining Guide” page for a selection of local Mexican restaurants.

55. DESERT SCUBA

Many scuba divers take lessons at local pools before hitting the open water. Equipment rentals are also offered at local shops.

56. OLÉ!

Tres leches cakes. Pineapple-filled empanadas. Chocolate pan dulce. When it comes to authentic Mexican pastries, Greater Phoenix boasts dozens of distinctive Mexican bakeries. A few to try: Sample cinnamon churros at Cristal’s Bakery (623-931-1057) in Glendale. You’ll love the mango empanadas at La Purisima Bakery (623-842-1400) in Glendale. And don’t miss the gingerbread piggies at AZTECA Bakeries (602-253-5864) in Phoenix. Another sweet treat to try? Raspados. Slushie-like shaved ice doused in flavored syrup that’s sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy, and always refreshing.

57. CAMPING

When the mercury rises, don’t sweat it—simply head for cooler country. There are plenty of relaxing (and shaded) campsites available in Arizona’s national forests, most of which are an easy drive from the Greater Phoenix area. If the weather is hot and dry, the fire danger can be high and campfires may be prohibited, but propane or other fuel stoves provide an easy alternative. Information about camping areas and regulations is available for free or at a nominal charge from Tonto National Forest (602-225-5200), Arizona State Parks (602-542-4174), and Maricopa County Parks & Recreation. (602-506-2930).

58. PAOLO’S ARC

For a taste of Arcosanti—bell-making and all—wander the courtyards and garden paths at the Cosanti Foundation in Paradise Valley. Located at 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd. Visit arcosanti.org.

59. NATURE PRESERVES

To protect the region’s rich diversity of plant and animal life, the Nature Conservancy oversees several preserves in the state. Visit the Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg, Hart Prairie Preserve in Flagstaff, or Aravaipa Canyon Preserve in Southern Arizona. Phone 602-712-0048.

60. PEACOCK PARK

Stroll with peacocks at Sahuaro Ranch Park and see why the 17-acre historic park is called the “Showplace of the Valley.” Phone 623-930-2820.

61. WATER COLOSSUS

See one of the world’s highest fountains, rising more than 560 feet into the sky, at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills. Phone 480-816-5100.

62. LET’S DO BRUNCH

What sounds better than noshing the day away in an elegant dining room with sharply clad waiters topping off your Champagne flute? Fortunately, the city’s finer resorts and hotels serve that Sunday repast with flair. Check our “Dining Guide” page for options.

63. CAFÉ LIFESTYLE

Whether you’re craving an iced mocha, cappuccino, or a place to read, you can find it all at Greater Phoenix’s many coffeehouses.

64. HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS

Tour historic ’hoods with a free map from the Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition at phxhnc.com.

65. SPECIALTY MUSEUMS

Check out a few of Greater Phoenix’s more unique museums, perfect for adults and children alike. At the Phoenix Police Museum (602-534-7278), kids can try on police shirts and see a 1919 Model T police car. The Arizona Doll & Toy Museum (623-939-6186) features antique dolls, as well as more modern playthings.

66. ANCIENT RUINS

To learn about the Hohokam people—who lived in this area before Europeans came to America—tour Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, a museum that shows the superlative construction skills of the Hohokam people. The museum also offers demonstrations and other special events.

67. SAMPLE CERVEZAS

Beer from south of the border has a surprising range of flavor and body. Try Bohemia, Negra Modelo, Tecate, Pacífico, and Corona. Lime optional.

68. IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE...

To see the latest innovative addition to downtown Phoenix, head to Civic Space Park (between Central and 1st Aves. and Fillmore and Van Buren Sts.). There you’ll see Her Secret is Patience, a floating sculpture designed by Boston-area artist Janet Echelman. Suspended 38 feet above the park and reaching a height of 145 feet, Her Secret is Patience changes colors, from blue to orange to pink, depending on the season. The bulbous shape—100 feet wide and held together by 3 towers—is designed to reflect Arizona’s distinctive monsoon cloud formations and saguaro cacti blooms.

69. CAPITOL IDEA

The Arizona Capitol Museum contains a collection of Arizona political memorabilia. 1700 W. Washington St. Phone 602-926-3620.

70. QUACK SNACK

Feed the ducks at numerous city parks with cool lakes. Locals love Eldorado Park in Scottsdale and Kiwanis Park in Tempe.

71. CRAZY FOR CRÊPES

French delicacies in the desert? You bet! For those perfectly French pancakes, head to Chez Vous creperie in Scottsdale (480-443-2575), where you can pick from a seemingly endless list of crêpes. Or visit Jobot Coffee in Downtown Phoenix (602-281-7127), which serves both sweet and savory versions of the treat.

72. MOUNTAIN BIKING

For a different spin on taking a hike, visit Estrella Mountain Regional Park or the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. For the ultimate biking experience, go to South Mountain Park—offering a challenging 14.3-mile trail. Phone Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, 602-262-6011.

73. BOOK BROWSE

Bibliophiles rejoice! Local independent bookstores, such as The Poisoned Pen and Changing Hands, offer the perfect respite for readers.

74. CASINO FUN

Grab that change jar for a rendezvous with Lady Luck at a number of Native American casinos around the state.

75. OATMAN SIDEWALK EGG FRY

On July 4th, contestants have 15 minutes to fry an egg using solar heat in this Route 66 town. Phone 928-514-8595.

76. EMERALD ISLE ESCAPE

A stop at the Irish Cultural Center is sure to have your Irish eyes smiling. The center offers exhibits, events, concerts, and, of course, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire. The center is located at 1106 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Phone 602-258-0109 or visit azirish.org.

77. GO WITH THE FLOW

Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried navigating the lower Salt River via innertube. Folks by the hundreds grab tubes for floating—and other tubes for carrying refreshments—and head northeast of Phoenix along Bush Hwy. Concessionaires rent tubes and take people, via bus, to the put-in point upstream. Knowing how to swim, bringing water, and wearing sunblock are essential. There’s a small fee for the tube rental and bus ride. The season runs roughly from April to mid-Sept. Check out saltrivertubing.com or call Salt River Tubing at 480-984-3305 or Saguaro Lake Ranch at 480-984-2194.

78. IT’S COOL UNDERGROUND

Explore the depths of Bisbee’s famous Queen Mine. Don mining hats, slickers, and lanterns worn by miners. Ride the mine train deep into the mine. Marvel at remaining copper minerals. Experience the life of miners as they toiled in the subterranean tunnels. Open daily. Tour times: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Tours leave from the Queen Mine Tour building located within walking distance of Historic Bisbee. The mine can be cool in temperature. Dress accordingly. Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Reservations suggested. Call 866-432-2071 or visit queenminetour.com. Stop by the Queen Mine Store for gem and mineral specimens, jewelry, and other unique items. Visit discoverbisbee.com for official visitor information. Ninety miles south of Tucson, Bisbee offers Old World charm and new-world charisma.

79. DISC GOLF

Soak up the sun and the scenic desert beauty while playing some disc golf. The Phoenix area is a hub of disc-golf activity, with local courses available to test your skills. Try Conocido Park (602-262-6575) or Fountain Park (480-816-5100). Call ahead for hours of operation and to find out if you need to make a reservation.

80. AT THE DRIVE-IN

Enjoy double features under starry skies at the metro area’s only drive-in: The West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In (westwinddi.com).

81. PUBLIC ART

Tour Greater Phoenix’s spectacular artworks with a free map from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. Phone 602-262-4637

82. MONTEZUMA CASTLE

Legend says that early settlers in the Verde Valley were so impressed by this 5-story cliff dwelling that they thought it was built by Montezuma, the famous Aztec ruler of Mexico. The real story? It was actually built by Sinagua Indians between ad 1100 and 1450. Located off I-17, about 90 minutes north of Phoenix. Phone 928-567-3322.

83. BELTS, CHAPS & HATS

Leather-goods stores abound in Greater Phoenix, offering belts, billfolds, purses, cowboy hats, saddlery, and—most of all—boots. Sheepskin, calfskin, cowhide, rattlesnake skin—you name it, this is the place to find quality in quantity.

84. COOL CAVERNS

The tour of Kartchner Caverns State Park takes you through huge underground rooms with massive columns and colorful, intricate formations, including the world’s longest soda straw stalactite in the Throne Room. Located 50 miles southeast of Tucson. Phone 520-586-4100 for reservations.

85. BIRDWATCHING

Arizona boasts hummingbirds and other exotica seldom seen in colder climates. For info, call 480-829-8209.

86. MARGARET T. HANCE PARK

This 30-acre park in the heart of downtown Phoenix has a playground, volleyball court, and barbecue grills.

87. CHEESE SHOPS

Are you a fan of fromage? Phoenix’s Arcadia Premium Beer, Wine & More (602-464-9000) offers a variety of cheeses, along with beer and wine pairings, while Duck and Decanter (602-274-5429), also in Phoenix, sells domestic and imported cheeses and gift baskets, as well as a full menu of fresh sandwiches.

88. OLD WEST HIGHWAY

Act like Wyatt Earp on the Old West Highway, which rolls through Goldfield Ghost Town and Tortilla Flat.

89. GENEALOGICAL GEM

Explore the Mesa FamilySearch Library, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints genealogical library.

90. TEMPE TOWN LAKE

Downtown Tempe’s big, watery draw sets visitors afloat on party cruisers, canoes, kayaks, pedalboats, and rowboats. And a promenade of in-line skaters, runners, bikers, and strollers occupies the banks.

91. RO HO EN: JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN

Arizona’s first authentic Japanese garden resulted from years of collaboration between Phoenix and her sister city of Himeji, Japan. Delight in the serenity of this oasis where water flows naturally between areas. Visit Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. You’ll find it in Margaret T. Hance Park in central Phoenix. Phone 602-274-8700.

92. ST. MARY’S BASILICA

St. Mary’s Basilica is not only the oldest Catholic church in Phoenix, it is also an excellent example of Mission Revival and Romanesque architecture. It’s even listed as a National Historic Landmark. Downtown at 3rd and Monroe Sts. Phone 602-354-2100.

93. MARIACHI MANIA

You’ll find mariachi groups—comprising 6–8 violins, 2 trumpets, a guitar, a bass guitar called a guitarrón, and a guitar-like instrument called a vihuela—at Mexican restaurants and festivals throughout metro Phoenix. In 2011, UNESCO named mariachi as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, ensuring that it would pass on through generations.

94. WILDLIFE VIEWING

Spot elk, bighorn sheep, migrating birds, and more. Get tips from the Arizona Game & Fish Department: azgfd.com.

95. VORTEX VISITS

Experience swirling energy centers with a trip to the red rocks of Sedona. Two vortexes to see: Airport Mesa and Bell Rock.

96. RIDE THE TRAIN

See all that Greater Phoenix has to offer without the hassle of finding a place to park. Grab your seat on the Valley Metro Rail. This sleek transport travels throughout metropolitan Phoenix, making stops at hot dining and shopping points in central and downtown Phoenix, Tempe, and Mesa.

97. CLASSIC-HOME TOURS

Take a tour of Greater Phoenix’s Queen Anne-style Victorian homes. Tempe’s Niels Petersen House Museum (480-350-5151) was built in 1892, and The Rosson House Museum (602-262-5070), in downtown Phoenix, was built in 1895. Or, explore Manistee Ranch (623-931-8848) in Glendale.

98. TRIBAL CULTURE

See prehistoric artifacts at Ak-Chin Him-Dak EcoMuseum, a tribal-culture museum in Maricopa. Phone 866-275-5816.

99. ROSES ARE RED

Lose yourself amid the blooms of the Mesa Community College Rose Garden, the Southwest’s largest rose garden.

100. WILD, WILD WEST

Named for the Apache Indians whose labor built it, the Apache Trail was used to haul materials for the construction of Theodore Roosevelt Dam at the confluence of the Salt River and Tonto Creek. Officially named AZ Hwy. 88, the route snakes through mountains as it follows the Salt River past Canyon and Apache Lakes to Roosevelt Lake. Tortilla Flat, the only surviving stagecoach stop on the route, has a general store, restaurant, museum, and post office. Be sure to try the prickly-pear ice cream and the chili. Phone 480-984-1776 or visit tortillaflataz.com.

101. CASTLES ~N~ COASTERS

Roller coasters, bumper cars, go-carts, miniature golf, video games, a ropes course… The fun never ends at Phoenix’s family fun and thrill park. For extra savings, pick up a season pass for unlimited rides, 50% off mini golf, and 10% off arcade play, food, and drinks. Experience Arizona’s only double-loop coaster, challenge your friends in a battle against zombies and monsters, or zip across the park on Sky Wire, a zip line attractions that give you a bird’s-eye view of putting greens below. Skip the line, and purchase your tickets online: castlesncoasters.com.

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