My first trip to Phoenix was a stop at the airport on the way to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. So when I had a chance to go back and actually hang out for a while, I jumped at it. And since I never like to take a trip without a little research, I created a Phoenix Quick Guide with a list of things to do:
Phoenix – A Quick Guide
#1 – Old Town Scottsdale
I am always a fan of old downtowns. I love buildings with character and cute little boutiques and restaurants. Old Town Scottsdale has everything. You can shop galleries and southwestern souvenir shops as well as take a break in the many restaurants and bars. We did it all . . . including a stop at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a drink and photo opp. If you happen to be there on a Thursday night you can enjoy their ArtWalk with free trolley rides.
#2 – First Friday in Downtown Phoenix
The first Friday of every month is a chance to enjoy downtown Phoenix complete with art, music and food trucks. It is definitely a fun event whether you are there for the art or just the people watching. (For exact locations check it out here.)
#3 – Rosson House
I really like old architecture and I was really excited to see the Rosson House. It is one of the last surviving examples of late Victorian architecture in Phoenix. I had a more personal reason for wanting to see this particular house . . . it is very similar to my old home (except the Rosson House is brick and my home was wood). They were even both built in the late 1890s. I had checked to see when it was open and knew it was closed on Mondays. So when I went on a Tuesday I was surprised and disappointed. I missed the part in my research where it said Tuesdays were reserved for school field trips and group tours only. I had to be content with walking around the outside and taking photos. My next trip back to Phoenix will have this house first on my list.
#4 – Taliesin West
Taliesin West was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright and used as his winter home. Located northeast of Scottsdale, it is open 8:00 am to 6 pm, and reservations for tours is recommended.
It is a National Historic Landmark and also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. I missed getting to see it on my trip so it will be on the list next time.
#5 – Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant was a fun surprise find on my trip. It is located north of Phoenix and was easy to get to. We were able to book a dinner cruise that sailed the lake at sunset, so we had some beautiful views. It is open year round and includes 10,000 acres of water surface and 116 miles of shoreline.
#6 – Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden was one of my favorite stops in Phoenix. It’s amazing how beautiful desert plants can be. I took lots of photos and drank lots of water while roaming the winding paths through the garden’s 50 acres. I would definitely go back again. We were even lucky enough to be there during the butterfly exhibit.
I am already looking forward to a return trip to Phoenix. If you know of any not-to-be missed places I should go, please leave me a comment! Thanks!!!