Arizona’s capital and biggest city, sun-kissed Phoenix really rolls out the red carpet for visitors. The best launch pad for exploring? The Cityscape entertainment district in the heart of downtown. It’s easily reached from Sky Harbor International Airport on the PHX Sky Train, which connects with citywide light rail.
After a cheesy egg dish at Matt’s Big Breakfast, learn about the Southwest and its native people at the one-of-kind Heard Museum – don’t miss the kachinas. The special exhibits always shine at the nearby Phoenix Art Museum. Refuel after a day of museum hopping with gourmet pizza from beloved Pizzeria Bianco or a hearty steak at old-school Durant’s. We love those dark booths.
The city’s most famous landmark, Camelback Mountain, is a popular spot for a hike. Just north, the Musical Instrument Museum offers an engaging symphony of global sounds. Spend an afternoon exploring the sprawling Desert Botanical Garden – the desert wildflowers are a highlight. If pampering is your goal, the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is a classic, well-manicured getaway.