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Phoenix is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and is continually growing. The “Valley of the Sun” enjoys over 200 days of sunshine each year, making Phoenix the perfect place for endless outdoor activities including spring training games, world-class golf and exploring one of the many trails with unparalleled views of the saguaro cactus, unique desert flora and abundant wildlife. Phoenix is also home to many world-class resorts and top culinary chefs that serve up award-winning fare. Shoppers rejoice with a selection of exclusive stores and designers along with popular brands. Whatever your passion, stay at one of our Phoenix hotels and explore the Valley -- as locals call it – and see why Phoenix is a rising American city.
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Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo & Papago Park
A popular place to start is at the Desert Botanical Garden. Anyone who thinks there’s no life in the desert will be amazed. Smell the fresh scent of junipers, see the inside of Arizona’s famous saguaro cactus, view thousands of plant species from around the world, and maybe even see a century plant in bloom. Just across the way from the garden, kids can feed giraffes at the Phoenix Zoo or poke their heads through the “Hole in the Rock” at neighboring Papago Park. This is a perfect place to hike, bike, run, or enjoy a family picnic by the lake.
Start your day with a free breakfast at one our Best Western hotels in Phoenix before venturing to downtown Phoenix to cheer for the Arizona Diamondbacks™ at Chase Field, indulge at a hip restaurant, or relax in the calm at the Japanese Friendship Garden. See what’s on display at the Phoenix Art Museum or visit the internationally renowned Heard Museum honoring Native American heritage. See a concert at the Orpheum Theater or catch an off-Broadway show at Herberger Theater. Let the kids explore at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center.
Arizona State University & Tempe Town Lake
A couple miles south of Phoenix visitors find the vibrant town of Tempe. Home to the Arizona State University’s (ASU) main campus. Visitors can tour the campus and “Sun Devil” fans of all ages love to take in the action at Sun Devil Stadium. The heart of Tempe can be found along Mill Avenue. Tempe is home to major employers including Honeywell International and State Farm Insurance. Enjoy a varied selection of shops and restaurants. Tempe Town Lake is a vibrant area that offers wonderful fishing, boat rentals and a host of festivals and events for families to enjoy. This man-made lake also hosts world-class events including the Arizona Triathlon, rowing, kayaking, and sailing regattas throughout the year.
Scottsdale is home to the annual Waste Management® open, where pro golfers compete. The Open is one of the top events of the year in Greater Phoenix, attracting nearly 200,000 people throughout the weekend. The tournament also hosts major names in music at the Coors Light Birds Nest. For the recreational golfers, Scottsdale offers countless world-class greens and clubs open year round. Come to Scottsdale for high-end shopping, award-winning restaurants, and blissful spas. Another top attraction is the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). With artifacts and hands-on exhibits from 200 countries, you may need more than one visit to see this amazing musical mecca in its entirety.
The kids will also love exploring wonders of the sea at Scottsdale’s OdySea Aquarium™, the largest aquarium in the Southwest. Next door, feel enchanted at Butterfly Wonderland™, America’s largest butterfly conservancy.
Scottsdale is also home to two of Arizona’s most famous artists and architects. Frank Lloyd Wright and Paolo Soleri. Wright escaped the Chicago winters and built a self-sustaining compound called Taliesin West in the Phoenix mountains. At the retreat, he developed aspiring architects including a young Paolo Soleri. Through his studies, Soleri developed the unique concept of “arcology,” the blend of architecture and ecology. He later built two organic compounds: Arcosanti and Cosanti. Stop at either site and be sure to pick up a beautiful hand-made bronze or ceramic bell. Each one features a unique design making its own distinct sound.
Cactus League Spring Training
No less than 15 major league Baseball teams call Phoenix and the surrounding cities home for spring training each year. Book now at one of our Phoenix hotels and join the thousands of fans that flock to these games to watch the players get “back in the swing” for the upcoming season. Enjoy the smaller more intimate feeling of the game in any of the amazing ballparks. In Phoenix, catch the action of the Oakland Athletics, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, or Milwaukee Brewers. A little east of the Valley in Peoria, the bats are swinging for the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners and in Surprise see if you can catch a fly ball from the Kansas City Royals or Texas Rangers.
Glendale, AZ & Arizona Cardinals
Head out to the West Valley to see an Arizona Cardinals game at the University of Phoenix Stadium or root for the Phoenix Coyotes™ at nearby Gila River Arena. Grab lunch at WestGate before trying your luck at Desert Diamond Casino or some bargain shopping at Tanger® Outlets.
Get geared up at Cabela’s®, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts who can pick up top-of-the-line fishing, hunting and camping equipment for nearly any climate. You can also stock up on all you’ll need to take on the many hiking trails in Greater Phoenix.
Camelback Mountain & Hiking In Phoenix
Head to South Mountain, Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Park collectively offering hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails with amazing views of the entire Valley. For those with the itch for extreme adventures, rock climbing is another activity at these parks.
Cave Creek & Carefree
Phoenix has grown exponentially from its early ranching days to an urban mecca, but there are still plenty of areas in the Valley to enjoy those old cowboy roots. A short drive north of Phoenix and you will find yourself in the beautiful towns of Cave Creek and Carefree. A wonderful mix of urban and cowboy cultures blend together. The pace is slower, the stars brighter, and the sunsets a bit more brilliant. In the morning hours, colorful hot air balloons dot the horizon as they silently glide over the landscape while the desert comes to life.
Day Trips From Phoenix
There are countless day trips from Phoenix that showcase all of Arizona’s natural beauty and ranching roots. Headup north to Jerome and Cottonwood to sample local Verde Valley wines. Travel a bit further up the scenic route 89A and be awed by the stunning red rocks of Sedona. Head south to Bisbee and Tombstone for a trip back in time to the Old West. The most notable attraction outside of Phoenix is the Grand Canyon. While you can make the Valley your base for a week and stay at one of our hotels in Phoenix, you’ll likely want to stay up north for a night or two while visiting this natural wonder.
Whether you come to the Valley for golf, shopping, culture, hiking or sports, make one of Best Western’s Phoenix hotels your home base while exploring all the beautiful southwest has to offer.