- Phoenix Art Museum1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ, United States
- Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting6101 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008-3421recommended Hall of Flame Museum of FirefightingThis 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
- Desert Botanical Gardens1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008-3437recommended Desert Botanical GardensThis 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 moreis little shade for the trails, so cover should be worn during the summer time.recommended Desert Botanical GardensThe 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 moreof 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.
- Taliesin West12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Blv, Scottsdale, AZrecommended Taliesin WestI'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 moreOak 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.recommended Taliesin WestIt'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 moreFascinating tour, and a great gift shop.
- Biosphere 232540 South Biosphere Road, Oracle, AZ 85623recommended Biosphere 2I 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 moreI'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.Alex L
A few hours' drive, but so well worth it!
- Arcadia Farms7014 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251recommended Arcadia FarmsYou 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 moremore-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.
- Rosita's Place2310 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ, United Statesrecommended Rosita's PlacePhoenix 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 moreraucous atmosphere.