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From the hot desert climate year-round to the stunning sunsets and cacti to the Spanish mission architecture, the American Southwest is a great destination for urban dwellers to outdoor enthusiasts. You can expect to enjoy 300 days of sun a year.
Phoenix, Arizona is a large and diverse city with much to offer travelers and locals alike. From incredible museums to world-class restaurants to nearby hiking trails, you’ll definitely find more than enough activities to fill both your days and nights.
With all the city has to offer, planning a trip is inevitable. Phoenix is home to hotels and resorts of all budgets. The key is to find a hotel that meets your budget and is in the ideal location. If you’re looking to be close to the restaurant and nightlife scene, book a place downtown. If you’re looking to relax at the spa or play a few rounds of golf, head just outside the city to Scottsdale.
Phoenix has a thriving art scene with multiple performing arts venues, like the Phoenix Symphony Hall and the Talking Stick Resort Arena. You can catch the ballet at the Symphony Hall and then head down to the big arena to sing along with Adele. Please buy me a ticket too!
I’m a big fan of architecture. I just love walking down city streets looking for unique homes and gardens. Phoenix is home to a unique architectural community. Frank Lloyd Wright, the famed American architect, moved to Phoenix in 1937 where he built his winter home and later the main campus of The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Over the years Phoenix has become home to many distinguished architects like Paolo Soleri and Ralph Haver.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll need a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the city to recharge. Phoenix is a great central location to many of the other sights around Arizona. From Phoenix you can head to the Grand Canyon National Park in less than 3.5 hours. Spend the day hiking the South Rim and take in a magnificent sunset before heading back to the city for dinner.
Did you know that you can see the London Bridge in Arizona? No, I’m not talking about a replica of the famous bridge. It’s the real deal! In 1967, Robert P. McCulloch purchased the original London Bridge that spanned the Thames from 1830 and shipped it back to Lake Havasu City where it lives today. Lake Havasu City is about a 3-hour drive from Phoenix. Pack the teapot and crumpets and experience a little bit of London nearby Phoenix.
As you can imagine, Phoenix is home to renowned Mexican food thanks to its location and large Hispanic population. Try the crispy fish tacos at Joyride Taco House and basically anything at Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup. Are you a tequila lover? Don’t miss Barrio Café with its 200+ tequilas. I’ll be sitting this one out, as tequila is not my jam.
Phoenix is a great vacation spot for everyone. With over 300 days of sun, it is certainly a great place to visit in the wintertime. You can play golf, hike the Grand Canyon, or just sit back and enjoy the ballet while sipping on tequila. What are you waiting for? Book your visit to the Valley of the Sun!
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