When is the best time to visit Greater Phoenix? That’s a tough question. Our near-perpetual sunny weather and broad spectrum of cultural and recreational activities makes Phoenix the epitome of a year-round vacation destination. The choice is really up to you, and these suggested seasonal itineraries can help you make it.
Ideas for First Timers:
- Western Destinations
- Musical Instrument Museum
- Desert Botanical Garden
- Heard Museum
- Camelback Mountain
- Octane Raceway
- South Mountain Park
Ideas for Repeat Visitors:
- Phoenix Zoo
- Children’s Museum of Phoenix
- Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall
- Cactus League Spring Training
- Dolly Steamboat
- Montezuma’s Castle, Montezuma’s Well
Grand Canyon: One of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Grand Canyon offers spectacular vistas of canyon walls that have been sculpted from earth over the millennia by the mighty Colorado River. The shifting sun creates a palette of constantly changing colors, experience nature on walks or mule rides into the Canyon
Heard Museum: The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. The museum’s 10 spacious exhibit galleries and outdoor courtyards feature outstanding traditional and contemporary Native American art. The Heard Museum Shop offers authentic American Indian art.
Musical Instrument Museum: The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is a museums devoted to music. MIM’s collection is truly global, with 15,000 instruments and artifacts from every country in the world. Each exhibit includes high quality audio/video that allows guests to see and hear the instruments being played in the cultures where they originate.
Desert Botanical Garden: The Desert Botanical Garden offers the world’s finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts of the world in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has 50,000 desert plants throughout five thematic trails that illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert and desert wildflowers.
South Mountain Park and Preserve: Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world covering more than 16,500 acres and contains more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.