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Hi, I've booked a vacation to Pheonix with my husband and infant. I am looking for advice on things to do in Pheonix, greater Pheonix and day trips that can be covered in car. Suggesstions on restaurants & place of stay are most welcome too.

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    • Phoenix Art Museum1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, United States
      Donna Angelo recommended Phoenix Art Museum
      Wonderful collection located in the heart of the downtown area. I can spend all day here!
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      Donna Angelo

      Something for everyone- a favorite!

    • Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting6101 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008-3421
      John Ewalt recommended Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
      This museum has a large collection of firetrucks and firefighting equipment from the past. They also have an impressive collection of badges and patches from different fire stations around the nation. ... read more
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    • Desert Botanical Gardens1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008-3437
      John Ewalt recommended Desert Botanical Gardens
      This is a relatively large system of gardens featuring plants from the Southwest US and into Mexico. Their collection of small cacti is particularly good. Except for the first part of the park, their ... read more
      is little shade for the trails, so cover should be worn during the summer time.
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      Elvira Vanag recommended Desert Botanical Gardens
      The Desert Botanical Garden should be on everybody’s list when visiting Phoenix. It gives you a preview of desert plants in a comfort of well-maintained garden. You get to see so many unusual species ... read more
      of cacti – all forms, shapes, sizes. You may also spot a few interesting birds, small animals and butterflies. The views of surrounding area come as an extra bonus.
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    • Taliesin West12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Blv, Scottsdale, AZ
      Pro 2014
      Sara Benson recommended Taliesin West
      I'm a huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and had been looking forward to visiting Taliesin West, his winter architecture camp in the Arizona desert near Scottsdale, for a long time. Visiting ... read more
      Oak Park in Illinois and Spring Green in Wisconsin only explains part of Wright's development as an iconic architect - touring Taliesin West will give you a better idea of how he incorporated natural shapes and colors into his indoor / outdoor building and home designs.
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      Alex recommended Taliesin West
      It's everything good about the Arizona desert rolled up in one -- gorgeous plant life, vistas that go on forever -- and topped with a Frank Lloyd Wright home, where he lived and worked for years. ... read more
      Fascinating tour, and a great gift shop.
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    • Biosphere 232540 South Biosphere Road, Oracle, AZ 85623
      Pro 2014
      Alex recommended Biosphere 2
      I love science. I love museums. Yes, you can make an inference that I love science museums. I wasn't expecting Biosphere 2 to be one of my favorites in the world (I've probably visited at least 50). ... read more
      I'd heard about the quirky founder back in the '90s when Biosphere 2 hosted eight Bionauts interested in exploring the reality of space colonization. Much has changed since 2007, when the University of Arizona took over and turned the biomes (the largest enclosed space on the planet) into its own research department. Sure, the place started as a slightly cult-ish New Age homage to scientific idealism, but the founders did leave behind the closest thing Earth has to a replica of itself. I highly, highly recommend visiting and taking a tour. You'll see a mini-ocean, mini-rainforest, biome 'lungs' and the living facilities of the eight Biospherians. We ranged from five years old to 65, and all of us couldn't stop talking about it for the next few days. There is literally nothing in the world like this.
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      Alex

      A few hours' drive, but so well worth it!

    • Arcadia Farms7014 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
      Pro 2014
      Alex recommended Arcadia Farms
      You don't often think quaint farm-to-table when you think of the beige desert sprawl hell that is Phoenix and Scottsdale. (I'm not a big fan, if you couldn't tell.) But, yet, here is a ... read more
      more-than-acceptable restaurant with organic and fresh ingredients. Their signature salad is a chicken and strawberry salad, but they've got about a half-dozen salads and sandwiches for lunch (they're not open for dinner). However, I loved their breakfast. They don't skimp on the sugar: fresh berry crepes, lemon curd bread pudding, gooey coffee cake.
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    • Rosita's Place2310 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ, United States
      Pro 2014
      Alex recommended Rosita's Place
      Phoenix isn't exactly a hotbed of culinary prowess, but Rosita's is the tops for Mexican food. It borders on Mexican-American, but the refried beans are divine and the horchata silky smooth. Fun, ... read more
      raucous atmosphere.
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