What to Do When Visiting Phoenix, USA

9 November, 2014

Though it might sound cliché, Phoenix is like no other city in the U.S. If you’re coming to Phoenix, expect more than the standard urban experience. Popular for outdoor excursions and business conferences, Phoenix has a lot to offer if you decide to plan a vacation here. Follow these four tips for a memorable experience.

Stay in a Beautiful Hotel

Phoenix has a large hotel offering because it is such a popular destination for business conferences. While you can stay at one of the large hotel chains, like one of the many Hampton Inns, if you want a unique experience, book a room at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa or the Westin Phoenix Downtown. The Royal Palms is a perfect spot if you plan on exploring Camelback Mountain, and it’s conveniently located less than 15 minutes away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Downtown Phoenix.

Check Out the Unique Attractions

There are a multitude of historical and modern attractions to see in Phoenix. You may want to spend a day focused on visiting all the museums, such as the Heard Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum, the Mining and Mineral Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Arizona Capitol Museum.

If you’re interested in seeing historic buildings, you may want to check out Tovrea Castle, a building constructed in 1928 that bears a striking resemblance a wedding cake. Another beautiful building you may want to visit is St. Mary’s Basilica. Founded in 1881, it was the first Roman Catholic church in Phoenix. Check out the well-preserved stained glass collection and the ornate woodwork inside.

Get Out into Nature

Phoenix is a perfect destination for those looking to get into fun outdoor activities. From hiking to golf, you have plenty of options for exploring the Arizona landscape while in Phoenix. Consider planning a trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens or spending a day climbing Piestewa Peak or Camelback Mountain.

With more golf courses per capita than any other state west of the Mississippi, Arizona is a wildly popular golfing destination. If you’re visiting during the winter months, be sure to book a tee-time well in advance of your arrival.

Explore the Culture

Even though it’s a melting pot of cultures like the majority of U.S. cities, Phoenix has a large Native American and Hispanic population. The city is continuing to grow, and now Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Filipino, Irish, Korean, and German cultures are all represented. With such an array of ethnicities present, the culture in Phoenix is extremely varied. You can explore the rich culture by viewing the Native American petroglyphs at Deer Valley, visiting the COFCO Center, or exploring the Mission San Xavier del Bac.

Phoenix offers a more subdued city lifestyle while still maintaining the best elements of some of the major cities in the U.S.  The city boasts a beautiful desert landscape, a unique culture, cleanliness, and professional business accommodations, among many other benefits. To get the most out your Phoenix vacation, don’t forget the above tips.

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

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