Live Like A Local: Phoenix
Top things to do in Phoenix, AZ
As the largest city of Arizona, as well as its capital, Phoenix is the 6th most populous city in the United States: this means that there are a lot of things to do and that you can easily find your own environment within the city!
One of the fastest growing cities in the nation, Phoenix has what many consider to be the most desirable climate in the US. Year-round sun provides outdoor events for every month of the year.
Here are some of the activities you can enjoy in the Valley of the Sun: Go to a Spring Training game, Hike Camelback Mountain, attend the famous Waste Management Phoenix Open, enjoy a day at the Annual Culinary Festival or see the 1,300 animals at the Phoenix Zoo. Or just lay by the pool. Either or, Phoenix is sure to have something of interest for everyone.
Around the city
Desert Botanical Garden
This isn’t really going to be around your backyard, but the Desert Botanical Garden is a truly unique institution that offers insights in the flora that manages to survive within some of the planet’s harshest environment. Beautiful and awe-inspiring
Arizona Science Center
This institution is educational and fun for the whole family, attracting geeks of all ages and backgrounds. The Arizona Science Center is home to a wide variety of exhibitions, expos and fairs!
First Fridays is one of the most exciting cultural happenings in Phoenix. The event brings together art lovers and providers such as artists, galleries, venues and workshops that are gong to be open every first friday of the month. This remarkable and unique initiative truly provides an eclectic artistic map of Phoenix.
Food & Drinks
Green New American Vegetarian
This forward-thinking restaurant is quickly becoming a nationwide sensation. If you though healthy food and conscious nutritional choices were boring, well visit this establishment and be prepared to have your mind (and taste buds) blown away!
You know those times you want to splurge, have a fabulous dinner and be treated like royalty? Well if that’s you, and you’re in Phoenix, then you need to go to Mastro’s. With three locations in the Valley, Mastro’s is the definition of decadence. Be careful, their steaks come to the table at 500 degrees! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be loaded to enjoy this fancy restaurant. Go to the bar for a cocktail and listen to the piano player belt out some Billy Joel or Elton John.
“We’ve combined the coolness and community of a coffee shop, with the fresh and wholesome ingredients found at your local farmers market, to give breakfast the makeover it deserves! Breakfast has become the new happy hour!” Ok, we’re in. But plan ahead, the lines can be looong on the weekend. No worries, grab a cup of java from their barista and soak up the morning sun outside.
Spring Training is a long-standing tradition that brings local baseball fans together, as well as some of the best professional teams in the country, who converge to Phoenix to train for the regular season. The Cactus league is one of the country’s coolest baseball events and if you are a fan of the sport, it’s something you don’t want to miss! Bring a blanket and stake your claim in the outfield grass. But don’t forget your shades and sunscreen, it can be a scorcher out there!
The Scottsdale Culinary Festival
What’s better than tasting star-quality culinary specialties while contributing to a charity? The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is a unique fundraiser events that has been hosting some of the country’s greatest chefs, wine products and restaurateurs for nearly 4 decades.
From fancy fine dining situations to chef clinics, picnics and entertainment such as live music, this festival has all the right premises for a week to remember.
Explore the Grand Canyon
Phoenix is a perfect starting point for a memorable weekend trip to the Grand Canyon. This incredible outdoors experience is definitely something that you will treasure for life.