Thursday, March 24, 2016

5 Popular Things to Do When Visiting Phoenix, Arizona

Explore the Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun have outdoor activities, great museums, historical sites and much more. We all have our favorites. But these are what people usually rave about. We have chosen 5 must-dos for your visit to Phoenix.

1. Enjoy Baseball Spring Training
15 professional teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. Cheer on your favorite team up close and personal every spring. Cactus League Website

2. Explore the Desert Botanical Garden
The meandering paths of the Desert Botanical Garden wind through red buttes of Papago Park. The Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants of the Southwest. The Garden is a fun place to explore no matter what the season. In early spring there are often special delights with butterfly exhibits, wildflowers and blooming cacti. Desert Botanical Garden Website.

3. Take the Scenic Apache Trail Drive into the Superstitions
A drive on the Apache Trail is one of the most scenic drives near the Phoenix area. This well-travelled road affords visitors an incredible view of canyons, geologic formations, desert plants and trees, desert and lake views, and wildflowers in season. There is mining history and wild west intrigue on a trip to the Superstitions. Take a day and schedule a ride on the Dolly Steamboat on Canyon Lake. ApacheTrail Tour  DollySteamboat Cruise

4. Visit the Heard Museum

The Heard museum is one of the nation's top places to see Native American artifacts. The museum displays some of the more than 35,000 artifacts in a permanent collection. Three additional gallery spaces, a 400-seat multipurpose auditorium, a well-stocked Museum Shop and Bookstore, and the indoor/outdoor Courtyard Cafe are all features of the famous Heard Museum. If you are in town during a special event at the Heard such as the Indian Market or Spanish Market be sure and fit it in. Heard Museum Website

5. Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in Scottsdale
Learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's style of desert architecture on the beautiful site of Taliesin West. I highly recommend that you include Taliesin West in your list of things to do while in Scottsdale or the Phoenix valley. You'll see Wright's home as he left it, the art-filled grounds and learn about the education young architects received on the desert grounds. Taliesin West Tour Information.