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Go city hopping: Enjoy culture, food and urban escapes in Arizona

Go city hopping: Enjoy culture, food and urban escapes in Arizona

The Greater Phoenix area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, is renowned for its year-round sunshine, rich cultural experiences, and staggering natural landscapes, from scenic mountain preserves to the stunning Sonoran Desert. Discover Arizona’s wine and craft beer scene, explore American Indian artor play on some of the best golf courses in the country; here are a few recommendations on where to go and what to do.

Some highlights found in and around Greater Phoenix include parks, resorts and wellness opportunities. South Mountain Park Preserve is the nation’s largest municipally managed park and is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. While the luxury resort scene in Phoenix includes a long list of historic and modern properties, families can enjoy epic-sized pools with monumental play features while wellness travelers will find spa treatments and fitness programs that add euphoria to vacation days.

Some of the country’s most innovative restaurateurs hone their culinary skills in Phoenix. The best-known restaurants in Phoenix have racked up plaudits and nominations from the James Beard Foundation. In 2022, local chefs and restaurants were named semifinalists in eight different categories. And, the city’s cocktail and craft brew culture continues to grow.

Phoenix has some of the best museums in the country including the galleries and exhibits at the Musical Instrument Museum which draws from a collection of more than 8,000 instruments from around the world. One of Phoenix’s first cultural institutions, the Heard Museum, has grown into an international destination to learn about American Indian art and history, while the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park is a must-see Phoenix attraction that takes visitors on a path to remnants of a ballcourt and platform created by the Hohokam people who lived in this area from A.D. 450 to 1450. And, at the 140-acre Desert Botanical Garden, more than 50,000 desert plants illustrate the beauty and variety of desert plant life.

Go shopping, gallery hopping and hiking in Scottsdale

With its blend of nature, culture and cuisine, Scottsdale makes for the perfect break

(Visit Arizona)

Famed for its 300 days of sunshine, luxurious resorts and boutique shops, Scottsdale, in the Greater Phoenix area, has much to offer travellers looking for a US city brimming with art, culture and old-world charm.

Scottsdale is located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert at the foot of the scenic McDowell Mountains. It is bordered by…

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