Get your bearings
Phoenix unfolds in a grid-like pattern. Numbered streets run north-south. Named streets run east-west. Camelback, Indian School
and McDowell roads
take you from downtown’s Historic Heritage Square
west to Desert Botanical Garden
and Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park.
Northwest of downtown, dramatic desert landscapes unfurl amid the lavish estates of Paradise Valley,
where Camelback Mountain rises. West of downtown, Scottsdale
flaunts sophisticated boutiques, stylish restaurants and luxury spa resorts. Southwest of downtown lies laid-back Tempe,
home to the Arizona State University
. The Valley Metro light rail runs regularly to these outer cities from downtown.
Dining in the Valley of the Sun
On a Phoenix vacation, the word is no two Mexican restaurants are alike. Phoenix is, after all, the birthplace of the chimichanga
. Tackle spicy chilies
in a restored 19th- century
Scottsdale house or dig into sassy tortillas
in a casual downtown Mexican grill.
Along the Scottsdale Waterfront, cassoulet is the order of the day in French bistros or pesto-pepperoni gnocchi in traditional trattorias
. A cowboy steakhouse
is the place for saucy ribs or succulent steaks.
Museums and Wild West culture
Phoenix passionately embraces its Wild West past and desert surroundings. Yucca and cacti dot the rocky paths at the Desert Botanical Garden,
while Hopi kachina dolls peak out at passers-by at the Heard Museum.
Canvases from Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso vie for space inside the Phoenix Art Museum.
Wander among an ancient adobe village at Pueblo Grand Museum and Archaeological Park
, or mosey down the dusty streets of a Wild West theme town.
Bring a picnic basket for concerts under the stars at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts
, or two-step to a rockin’ country band at a Scottsdale roadhouse.
Choose a resort and pamper yourself on a Phoenix vacation with a stay in a Spanish colonial deluxe casita
with a view of the mountains. Visit the spa
so you can indulge in tantalizing treatments like couples massages. Opt for mouth-watering shrimp-crusted cod on a rooftop terrace
with a red-hued sunset as a backdrop. Play 18 holes on groomed greens
peppered with towering cacti and desert mountain views. Or see it all at once from above on a scenic airplane tour.
Shop in style by browsing the haute couture emporiums
and stylish chains that line the Scottsdale Waterfront.
Visit Old Town Scottsdale
‘s 19th-century brick storefronts to pick up Southwest-inspired gifts or Western outfits. A short walk away is Scottsdale Fashion Square,
with its retractable roof. Head downtown to poke around the boutiques and department stores along the garden courtyards
of Biltmore Fashion Park
or hunt for Western gifts at the Heard Museum Gift Shop
or Faust Gallery.