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Things to do in Phoenix

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Mountain
“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.”
  • 451 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“Arizona’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination! Largest shopping destination in the Southwest with more than 225 retailers. The mall includes exclusive retailers such as Cartier, Bottega Veneta, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and Prada, plus Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus stores. Valet parking, taxi and limo service, personal shopping experts, and a roving concierge are available. Scottsdale Fashion Square is also home to many of the town’s most hip eateries: Toca Madera, Ocean 44, Olive & Ivy, Tocaya Organica and Nobu(coming soon).”
  • 210 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Excellent shopping from high-end to everyday wear. Experience Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Tourism help desk, is also located at this mall and they are great resources for things to do and see in the area. It is located 11 minutes or 5.2 miles from the Casita. ”
  • 200 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Yayoi Kusama Firefly Infinity Mirror Room. The exhibit is located in the Contemporary Art Wing of the Phoenix Art Museum, just off of North Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix.”
  • 184 locals recommend
College Auditorium
“Since its founding in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its unmatched festivals.”
  • 227 locals recommend
Stadium
“I very close by and its very convenient to go to events at the Cardinals Stadium and you can even go over to Westgate,Tanger Outlets, or Top Golf...less than 10minutes away”
  • 178 locals recommend
Museum
“Want to see instruments used by classic rockers, current popular musicians, and instruments from all over the world? This is the place!”
  • 206 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“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.”
  • 222 locals recommend
Zoo
“The conservation-minded Phoenix Zoo has over 1,400 animals on display and contains 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of walking trails.”
  • 125 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Upscale shopping and dining surrounding a green courtyard area. Let the kids run around a bit while some of the adults pick up their shopping necessities.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Park
“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.”
  • 137 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Truly a wonderful way to better understand the Sonoran Desert, close to Sky Harbor Airport so a great place to walk off the effects of sitting in a plane for a few hours or a great last stop before catching an afternoon plane. It opens at 8 AM. They also have Gertrudes, a well recognized restaurant and through out the year special weekend and night events. Through May 12th they have a nightly Electric Desert event which looks amazing.”
  • 147 locals recommend
Trail
“1.2 mile long summit trail. Bring some decent hiking shoes, water, and a camera for the magnificent views of the city!”
  • 132 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Kierland Commons is one of North Scottsdale's most posh shopping destinations. With a sophisticated and extensive mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment, visit Kierland Commons. For a truly personal touch, stop by the Kierland Commons Concierge”
  • 114 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Catch a baseball game or take a tour of Chase Field. Lots of great places to eat at or near the stadium. ”
  • 109 locals recommend
Basketball Stadium
“Catch a Sun’s game, concert or comedy show. Great restaurant and bar options across the street from venue”
  • 91 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shopping Mall
“Excellent shopping from high-end to everyday wear. Experience Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Tourism help desk, is also located at this mall and they are great resources for things to do and see in the area. It is located 11 minutes or 5.2 miles from the Casita. ”
  • 200 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Yayoi Kusama Firefly Infinity Mirror Room. The exhibit is located in the Contemporary Art Wing of the Phoenix Art Museum, just off of North Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix.”
  • 184 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Upscale shopping and dining surrounding a green courtyard area. Let the kids run around a bit while some of the adults pick up their shopping necessities.”
  • 153 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“This place is a regular stop for dining prior to a hockey game, football or a concert. The options for different types of food are great and all convenient for the Gila River Arena or State Farm Stadium events. It gets busy though so arrive early or make reservations. Great family atmosphere that night. Good choice of places to go, things to do and places to eat.”
  • 115 locals recommend
Office
“Nice place to walk around and do some shopping with many different food choices available. Reservations are recommended for most restaurants in Scottsdale on the weekends.”
  • 116 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Beautiful Outdoor Patio - Great place in the heart of Scottsdale fashion Square. Rich in flavor, their menu will transport you to the warm, relaxing French Riviera with seafood dishes like sea scallops and shareable plates like Lamb Meatballs in a warm pita. Enjoy an occasion worth sharing like a sunlit lunch on the patio with friends, a quiet dinner for two, or a lively happy hour full of laughter. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Café
“This is one of my favorite spots: its a coffe house & martini bar! Unique Right!!! I take my computer and work here alot- its got a great vibe and delicious menu as well. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner AND they will prepare your holiday feast!”
  • 119 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Go for brunch and sit outside enjoy the view of camelback mtn. Or come back at night for pizza and wine. Tons of vegan and gluten free options!”
  • 122 locals recommend

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