Growing up in Phoenix was nothing short of hot! As the winter disperses into the northern states, the sun comes out and the ground heats up. There is no question why most people will visit Phoenix in the winter months. As for the ‘Zonies’ (Arizona Residents) we are stuck, however. Winter or summer, our only two seasons, I have found there is plenty of things to do in Phoenix. As a native of Phoenix, Arizona, I have seen many parts of the state and have visited many fine establishments, so I decided I would tell you about them in a no order list of 5 things to do in Phoenix. Ready? GO!
If you are a fan of walking up mountains, or as some adventurous folks call it, hiking, Camelback mountain is a must. Not only is this mountain great for hiking, it also gives a great view of the downtown area and surrounding Phoenix Metropolitan. As a special bonus, this mountain also provides a great view at night, where the city lights shine and the stars glow bright. You’ll have to find the right road up the residential area though, because this mountain is closed at night.
Don’t miss out in the downtown nightlife while visiting Phoenix, there are plenty of bars and restaurants for many taste buds. You’ll find a variety of delis, burgers, and bars around town. Don’t be afraid to check out yelp. The reviews are pretty spot on here in Phoenix. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more high end, you can always head north to Scottsdale, home of movie stars, and musicians of all kinds. Old Town Scottsdale has just what you’re looking for if you want to spend your time in a more elegant atmosphere. Lastly, there is Tempe, home of the Arizona State Sun Devils This College suburb has an extraordinary atmosphere for students to see. Head down Mill ave and witness a vast majority of bars, clubs and restaurants.
If you are looking to escape the heat during the summer, how about taking a day trip. For the scenic views, there is nothing like Sedona and their red rock mountains. Take a stroll down main street and find yourself in a tourist-friendly and local hotspot where you can buy true Arizona souvenirs. If you are feeling a little more woodsy, you can always take a day trip to Payson. Payson is a small town, nothing really much to do there except, If you are lucky, you might be in town during a rodeo (if you’re into that sort of thing). The reason why I mention Payson is not for it’s amazing Nightlife or the fascinating scenery. Payson is a small town where the temperature is cooler and the grass is greener. You may find yourself eating in a local dinner and feel a load of relaxation.
Lastly, I give you Prescott. Prescott is a nice place and quite possibly one of my favorite parts of Arizona. Though, there is not much to do, they do have an amazing nightlife. Take a drive and ask a local, “hey, where are those bars I hear about?” and they’ll be sure to point you in the right direction. People in Prescott are nice, small-town folks and the town square is a nice place to have a picnic.
Looking to spend some money? Well, the Phoenix Suburb of Anthem has you covered. You might find yourself driving out of the Phoenix area and come across many different Outlet shops, such as, Levi’s Outlet, Gap Factory, Carters and many more. If you are looking to shop, I really do recommend a day of shopping here in Anthem.
Arizona Science Center
Have kids you need to entertain? Then the Arizona Science Center is perfect for you! Give yourself a chance to learn a little and help your children see the world in new and exciting ways. With multiple hands-on exhibits and a friendly staff, The Science Center has been a great place for people of all ages.