Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon as well as a variety of terrain, climates and cultures.
It has marvelous landscape like red canyons, cactus deserts, and mountains as well as man-made attractions like engineering marvels, esteemed museums, vibrant cities and historic settlements.
Points of Interest in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area:
Desert Botanical Garden
For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching
and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world,
providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand,
protect and preserve the desert's natural beauty. Today, the garden
features 50,000+ plant displays showcased in beautiful outdoor
exhibits. With approximately fifty acres under cultivation, something
is always blooming at the Desert Botanical Garden.
- Phoenix Zoo
Voted one of the nation's top 5 zoos for kids, the Phoenix Zoo is home
to more than 1,300 animals including 200 endangered species and
participates in 37 Species Survival Plans (SSPs) to breed and maintain
endangered species populations in captivity.
- Phoenix Symphony
Based in Phoenix Symphony Hall (opened in 1972, renovated in 2005, and
seating 2,312), the 76-member ensemble is Arizona's only full-time,
professional orchestra. The orchestra offers 275 concerts and
presentations in an annual season running from September to May.
Events in the second half of May 2012 include
Concierto de Aranjuez
and Cirque de la Symphonie.
- Arizona Science Center
Arizona Science Center offers educational fun for the whole
family, from pre-K to gray! From family-friendly presentations to
hands-on gallery programs, get your hands on science!
Diamondbacks In their first five seasons, the Diamondbacks won
three division titles, a National League pennant, and a World Series
championship in 2001. You can check them out at the
Field located in downtown Phoenix.
- Heard Museum
The Heard Museum actively collects American Indian fine art, and
a variety of paintings, drawings, prints, photography and sculpture
can be found throughout the museum's galleries and grounds. Dedicated
to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures,
the Heard is an institution that successfully combines the stories of
American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of
art. Partnerships with American Indian artists and tribal
communities provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the
art and cultures of Native people, especially those from the
Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience firsthand Wright's brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.
Lost Dutchman State Park
Superstition Mountain and the Dutchman's Lost Mine are synonymous with Arizona lost mine lore.
Lost Dutchman State Park is home to the Lost Dutchman Museum and the Goldfield
An experimental town in the desert of Arizona, built to embody Paolo
Soleri's concept of arcology - the fusion of architecture with
ecology. Arcosanti is an urban laboratory focused on pursuing lean
alternatives to urban sprawl through innovative design with
- Old Town Scottsdale
Take a walk through the historic Old Town Scottsdale and get a flavor of the old west. Wooden sidewalks and rustic traditions are preserved as you tie your horse to each shop's hitching post. Browse the many quaint stores that line the streets of Old Town and you'll find a mix of traditional Western-wear retailers, Southwestern specialty shops and tasty treats.
- Greasewood Flat
The original stagecoach stop between Fort McDowell and Phoenix,
the Greasewood Flat bar is housed in a 120+-year-old bunkhouse.
Greasewood Flat (which serves hearty burgers and some wicked
libations) and the nearby Reata Pass Steakhouse are located at an
elevation 2000 feet above the valley floorm making the night air 10
In addition, many parks have been established to preserve the desert
landscape in areas that would otherwise quickly be developed with
commercial and residential zoning. Aside from the Desert Botanical
Garden listed above, the most noteworthy park is
South Mountain Park,
the world's largest municipal park with 16,500 acres (67 km2); others
Sunnyslope Mountain, also known as "S"
which boasts dozens of miles of trails to enjoy the
glory of the Sonoran Desert in relative solitude.
Encanto Park, named one of the "Top 12 Best
City Parks in America!" by the Forbes Magazine, is the city's largest
and primary urban park, and lies just northwest of downtown Phoenix.
Papago Park in east
Phoenix is home to both the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix
Zoo, as well as a few golf courses.