While Downtown Phoenix is the business center of the city with high rise office buildings, convention center, restaurants, theaters, cafes and other facilities, Phoenix has also retained some of its original heritage buildings too, and has great sport facilities, golf courses, museums, art galleries, a symphony orchestra and even opera (See www.azopera.com and www.phoenixsymphony.org ).

  • Heritage Square - is located on Block 14 at the corner of 6th and Monroe Streets. Here you will find a number of Heritage buildings that date back to the 1880's and early 1900's, including Rosson House (See www.rossonhousemuseum.org); the Burgess Carriage House and a number of other Arizonian style houses.
  • Heard Museum – 2301 N. Central Ave (See www.heard.org) Probably the best place in Arizona to see some of the finest Native American jewelry, glass, beadwork, sculpture, katsina dolls – both traditional and contemporary.
  • Phoenix Art Museum – 1625 N. Central Ave (See www.phxart.org ) more than 17,000 works of art, with changing exhibitions too.
  • Arizona Science Center – 600 E. Washington St (See www.azscience.org) four levels of great hands on inter-active exhibits based on the sciences – from anatomy to astronomy.
  • Musical Instrument Museum – 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard. One of the best 'music museums' in the world with more than 15,000 instruments and music memorabilia to see and hear – from Elvis and other celebrities to drums, guitars, trumpets, organs and a Cajun Zydeco.
  • ASU Art Museum - 51 E. 10th Street Tempe – (See www.asuartmuseum.asu.edu ) This is an Arizona State University – with a focus on design and contemporary art.
  • Pueblo Grande Museum – 4619 E. Washington St (See www.pueblograndemuseum.org ) Tel: 602 495 0901. This museum is located on an archaeological dig where they found 1500 year old relics of the Hohokam Culture that once lived here.
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – 7374 E. 2nd Street, Scottsdale (See www.smoca.org ) where you can see the James Turrell 'skyspace' and see changing exhibitions during the year featuring art, design, architecture.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West – 114th St and Cactus Rd, Scottsdale (See www.franklloydwright.org Tel: 888 516 0811) Frank Lloyd Wright, America's most famous Architect and founder of the Chicago School of Architecture, came to live in Phoenix. He designed this house as a model for living in a desert climate.
  • Western Spirit – A MUST SEE. Scottsdale's Museum of the West. 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale. See www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org. This is one of the best museums you will see anywhere. If you want to see great Western Art, a living history of the west, then this is the Museum to head to. Also nearby see Guidon Books – 7109 E. 2nd Street – see www.guidon.com with a vast collection of new and also out of print books on everything about the USA and its history – one of the best collections in the USA.
  • Scottsdale itself – A MUST SEE has lots of restaurants and numbers of high class Art and Craft Galleries in and around Main Street. Look for the Signature Gallery in 7177 E. Main Street (see www.signaturegallery.com It is easy to spend hours just wandering the many galleries here in Scottsdale. I really loved this area. Make sure you see the Navajo Gallery at 7116 E. Main Street, featuring the work of R C Gorman – absolutely fantastic.
  • Butterfly Wonderland – 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale (See www.butterflywonderland.com See bees, ants, butterflies and the conservatory where the butterflies fly around you in the garden in and around the Koi pond.
  • Phoenix Zoo – 455 Galvin Parkway (See www.phoenixzoo.org ) Here you will be able to see giraffes, squirrel Monkeys, Stingrays, farm animals, bears, camels and more than 1400 animals including many endangered ones too.
  • Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium – 16501 W. northern Ave Litchfield Park (See www.wildlifeworld.com Tel: 623 935 9453 )A great zoo with a safari park, petting zoo, and 600 different animals to see.
  • Hall of Flame Museum –Next to Phoenix Municipal Stadium near Phoenix Zoo on Project Drive, off Van Buren Street (See www.hallofflame.org Tel: (602) 275 3473. Over 90 restored fire engines, fire-fighting equipment and stories of fire -fighting heroes.
  • The Dolly Steamboat – in Apache Junction (See www.dollysteamboat.com Tel: (480) 827 9144. The boat is on Canyon Lake with scenic nature tours and dinner cruises to enjoy.
  • Macdonalds Ranch – 26540 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale (See www.macdonaldsrance.com Tel: (480) 585 0239. Here you can get to see cowboys, horses and stagecoaches and see western shows in action.
  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park – 7301 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale (See www.therailroadpark.com Tel: (480 312 2312. Both real engines and carriages and also a model railway set up.
  • Cave Creek and Carefree – are north of Phoenix Old Town – but worth the drive. Follow Cave Creek Road and you will find lots of places to stop and find good food, interesting clothing and gift shops, Indian Markets (See Stagecoach Village at 7100 East Cave Rd and jewelry, wagons, ammo, guns, saloons and western hats, boots, belts, belt buckles, glassworks, candles and weekend markets selling all sorts of things. Stop at the Rare Earth Gallery at 6333 Cave Creek Rd to see the most amazing collection of rocks that will see anywhere in the world. (See www.rarearthgallerycc.com ), and to get a real Western experience head to Hogs 'N Horses 6705 East Cave Creek Rd which has lots of shows next to the saloon. For Horse riding – check out MTM Ranch (See www.mtranch.com) (480)488 4538. The Cave Creek Museum is at 6140 Skyline Drive in Cave Creek (See www.cavecreekmuseum.org ). There are also lots of great places to eat and drink, with one of the famous places being Harolds Cave Creek Corral (See www.haroldscorral.com Tel: 480 488 1906 at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd.
  • Goldfield Ghost Town – 4650 North Mammoth Mine Road, Apache Junction (See www.goldfieldghosttown.com Tel: 480 983 0333). This was a real town and has been restored to create the feel of the old west – with a saloon, gunfights, gold panning, blacksmith, shooting gallery and a great collection of old mining equipment.
  • Antiques – see www.antiquesinphoenix.com
  • Fountains – Head to Fountain Hills to see the a fountain of water shoot up to 560 feet in the air from a concrete water lily in the center of the man-made lake in the middle of this desert city.
  • TEMPE – is on the METRO line, so easy to get to from Downtown. Head to Mill Ave/third St Station. Mill Avenue has lots of shops and you are right next to Tempe Town Lake and Beach, where there is five miles of bikeways and pathways around the Lake, and in summer you can sail, rent a kayak, paddleboard or boat. The Splash playground for kids is here too. There is also a big shopping center called Arizona Mills at 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circuit (See www.arizonamills.com ). You will also find Sea Life Aquarium inside Arizona Mills - with a glass enclosed tunnel to give you a 360⁰ view of fish and other sea life. Also older kids will enjoy Stratum Laser tag at 1455 S. Stapley Drive in Mesa – See www.strtumhq.com Also see ASU Mars Space Flight Facility at 201 E. Orange Mall, Moeur Building in Tempe (See www.mars.asu.edu Tel: (480) 965 1790 ). The ASU Gammage Performing Arts Theater at 1200 S. Forect Ave, Tempe has many shows in the Frank Lloyd Wright hall that can seat up to 3000 people. See www.asugammage.com to see what's on.

Phoenix has great sunny weather in the winter months, attracting a lot of Canadians and northerners, what locals call 'Snowbirds' escaping the snow in the north, but can get very hot in mid-summer. It is a dry heat and people get used to it or leave town during heat waves. The City has great restaurants, casinos, resort hotels and food choices, hundreds of restaurants and bars, golf courses and it is home of the Arizona Diamondbacks – see www.dbacks.com For game tickets see the website or call 602 514 8400. The downtown Visitor Information Center is located in the US Bank Building on Adams Street between Central and 1st Avenues and they have Streetscape Team members who wear green and navy uniforms and Orange shirt Concierge Ambassadors to provide help and a welcome to city Visitors. Phoenix is a great place to visit and spend time getting to know the City and all that it offers.

Happy Travelling!

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Geoff Stuart

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