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For a peaceful walk with beautiful scenery I’ve been here several times. And during part of the warmer times of the year there are so many butterflies to be seen nearby. Around the Christmas holidays they normally have live music Christmas lights and my favorite was the hot apple cider drinks.
Absolute best spot on a mountain to view the Phoenix Valley. Be aware, although it is a short hike, the trek can be rather steep in some areas. Moderate-high difficulty level. Very popular hike in the city so hike out early if you'd prefer to avoid crowds.
Beautiful area of ponds, pinic areas, bike trails and hike trails. Their are a few parks with ponds to check out some Arizona wildlife. The Hole-in-the-Rock is the reddish mountain formation. The hike trail there is easy and short, but again, a popular spot for sunset views of Tempe.
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“Hiking shoes Bring with you a pair of shoes for hiking. the trails around the valley are spectacular.”
“Bring clothing for hot climates. if you aren't used to hot weather it can feel extra hot. Outside of what you normally would like to have with you when you travel, here are a few things we recommend you bring. swimwear - swimming season for kids is a little longer than adults as kids tend to tolerate the colder water better than adults. swimmable pool temperatures are easily seen mid-may-mid oct for kids. the hot tub is always a good idea though! sandals- the ground is really hot during summer and warm most other times of the year. your favorite water bottle (empty if you are flying in). we might be cooler in the winter but it's still dry. the need to ensure you hydrate cannot be understated here!”
“Phoenix is a driving city. Unless you drive your own car, plan on using uber and lyft.”
“Hov (aka carpool lanes) rules & rush hour Hov lanes on our freeways, the left lanes are often designated hov lanes. hov stands for high occupancy vehicle (defined as 2 or more in a car). lanes may be entered or exited at anytime. see the freeway signs for appropriate hov times. when not hov times, the lanes may be used as regular freeway lanes. rush hour traffic patterns traffic generally flows toward phoenix in the am and away in the pm. rush hours are approx 6:30-9:00 am, and 4:00-6:30 pm and can greatly impact travel time”
“Places in phoenix These are some things you might consider: the heard museum, heard.org "the foremost showcase of native american art and culture in the u.s., the heard museum reveals the cultures of tribes in the region through exhibits, demonstrations alive performances and displays the work of contemporary native american artists. artists demonstrate their work during the week and musicians perform on most weekends."; the desert botanical gardens dbg.org.; the musical instrument museum mim.org. these are all places that are interesting and unique to phoenix. there is a restaurant near here called valle luna that serves good, authentic mexican food. they tend to get busy at night so earlier dinner or lunch is better. matt's big breakfast is downtown and considered to be one of the best. first watch is also a good comfortable place for breakfast. the churchill is a small group of stores set up in large containers. https://thechurchillphx.com/ the yard is a fun place to eat. don't have the web address but you can find it on yelp. there are a lot of great day hikes and day drives. i have information about some of them in the room.”
“Expect long delays at restaurants from mid october - mid april Our winter months (oct-apr) bring lots of visitors to the phoenix area. this makes for long lines everywhere, and odd traffic patterns.”
“Use manners The best advice i can offer is to use manners. what do i mean by that? say "hello". when you enter a store, say hello to the clerk. say hello when you meet someone's eyes while standing in line. etc. say "please" and "thank you" at appropriate times like when asking for something or when someone does a kindness toward you. say "excuse me" or "sorry" when you bump into someone or make an error. you can always say these even when it's not your fault because you may not realize that it was actually your fault.”
Sun-bathed Phoenix, Arizona’s capital and largest city, rules the Valley of the Sun, a metropolitan region that also includes such bustling regions as college town Tempe and swanky Scottsdale. A former agricultural hub, Phoenix is now the state's economic and cultural lynchpin. The city is home to world-class museums, nearly 200 golf courses, and — thanks to a population that is more than 40 percent Hispanic or Latinx — some of the best Mexican food to be had north of the border. The city also attracts adventurers who want to hike through storybook desert landscapes dotted with cactus and dramatic rock formations, which can be found just outside the city.
Fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), located 5 miles from downtown. Once you arrive, a rental car is a nice option for visiting attractions outside Phoenix, but not required for getting around the city. Taxis and rideshares are plentiful, as well as public transportation. The Valley Metro light rail system stops at major attractions, while the Valley Metro Bus covers the city. You can also rent bikes through the city’s Grid Bike Share program.
This is the desert, and it’s hot. From June through August, it’s not unusual to experience temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, dipping to 90 and 80 degrees in September and October. November through March bring temperatures in the 60s and 70s with dips into the 40s, and in April and May, things soar back up to 80 and 90 degrees. Overall, the city sees 300 days of sun and very little rain. Pack for hot weather, and don’t forget sunscreen. During winter, bring layers for cooler mornings and evenings.
This mountain earned its name from a pair of peaks that resemble the hump of a camel’s back, and its reputation as a tough but rewarding hike thanks to panoramic views of the Valley of the Sun. There are two trails to take to the 1,420-foot summit, the Cholla Trail and the slightly harder Echo Canyon Trail. Both are challenging, featuring rocky terrain, steep ascents, and some climbing. As you hike, you’ll be surrounded by the colorful pink, orange, and red hues of the sandstone terrain from which saguaro and prickly pear cactus grow. Camelback Mountain is located just twenty minutes’ drive from downtown Phoenix, so you won’t have to wait long after finishing to reward yourself with a snack and a cool drink.
Looking for something less taxing than a sweaty mountain hike? Explore more than 50,000 plant displays in this gorgeously landscaped 140-acre botanical garden devoted to desert flora. Thousands of agave and cacti grow here, alongside 485 rare and endangered species. Five themed trails cut through the gardens, which grow against the backdrop of the Papago Buttes, a cluster of striking red rock formations. The garden also hosts musical performances and art installations. Grab a quick bite at the cafe, or enjoy a sit-down meal of farm-to-table fare at the garden restaurant.
Strum a Peruvian harp or try your luck at coaxing sci-fi-style wails out of a Theremin at this utterly unique museum showcasing more than 8,000 musical instruments from more than 200 countries. No, you can’t touch everything here, but a highlight for many visitors (especially kids) is the Experience Gallery, where you can bang gongs and thump on massive communal drums. A STEM gallery explores the science of soundwaves and frequency, while the Mechanical Music Gallery showcases player pianos, automatons, and music boxes that play themselves.