Things to Do in Phoenix—Mountain Trails to Magnificent Malls

With its sunny skies and endless outdoor activities, Phoenix has no shortage of things to do. Whether you’re looking to hit a round of golf, hike a mountain trail, shop til you drop, or take in the local arts and culture, you’ll find it all in Phoenix.

The Camelback East Village area is the perfect place to stay during your Phoenix city break. Choose from a variety of budget-friendly hotels that are close to many prime tourist attractions as a base for your stay. From there, you can easily access all the great things to do in Phoenix.

Golf
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The Phoenix area is home to dozens of golf courses, including five championship courses. The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club offers two world-class courses in the heart of the city, close to Camelback East Village. World leaders, celebrities, and business elite have been known to hit some balls at this prestigious club. Just a short drive away in Scottsdale, Camelback Golf Club has two lush courses that will challenge even the most experienced golfers.

Hike
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Phoenix is home to more than 41,000 acres of desert, mountain parks, and preserves. Part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Camelback Mountain is one of the top 10 things to do in Phoenix. It’s also one of the nation’s highest-ranked hiking destinations. Located just 20 minutes from the heart of the city, it’s an ideal hike for tourists. Choose from one of two trails, each with its own unique challenges and majestic views of the city.

Shop
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There’s no shortage of shopping in Phoenix, and the Camelback East Village area is no exception. The Biltmore Fashion Park offers everything from high-end retailers, such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and Cartier, as well as some of the finest dining in the area. In addition to the Biltmore Fashion Park, Old Town Scottsdale provides a one-a-kind boutique shopping experience. Just 15 minutes south of Phoenix, you’ll find deep discounts at Phoenix Premium Outlets.

Arts and Culture
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If arts and culture are what you’re after, you’ll find them at the Phoenix Art Museum. Boasting 18,000 objects of modern and contemporary art, fashion design, and photography, this is the largest art museum in the Southwest. Exhibitions at the Desert Botanical Garden offer a glimpse of the area’s natural landscape and highlight the research being done to protect and preserve it.

Learn all about American Indian art and culture at the Heard Museum, where you’ll find both traditional and contemporary works of art. Round out your visit to Phoenix with a stroll along Roosevelt Row in the city’s downtown core. Here you’ll find live music, award-winning restaurants, cultural events, and boutique shopping.

From golfing to hiking and shopping to culture, there are tons of amazing things to do in Phoenix. Whether you want to get some sun in the great outdoors or stay inside the shops and museums, you’re sure to have an amazing time no matter what you choose to do.

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20 thoughts on “Things to Do in Phoenix—Mountain Trails to Magnificent Malls

  1. I used to travel to Phoenix all the time for my old job and barely got to enjoy anything because it was for business. I would love to go back, one area I did love was the old town Scottsdale area! I would also love to go back and hike!

    1. Such a shame that you weren’t able to check out the museum but a great excuse to go back again!

    1. I’m with you! Keep me nice and cool in the hot summer months and then get me on the trails in the autumn!

  2. I love love to hike, but didn’t get a chance to do any the last time I was in Phoenix. I had no idea that Camelback Mountain was one of the nation’s highest-ranked hiking destinations. And just outside the city!

    1. I was shocked to learn that, too! You’ll definitely have to try it the next time you’re in Phoenix.

  3. I haven’t been to Phoenix in a long time, but I remember being very impressed. I love the American Southwest. The weather and landscape can’t be beat.

    1. It’s especially nice for a midwinter getaway if you’re from some of the cooler parts of the country!

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