Phoenix, established in 1868 is the capital of Arizona and the sixth largest city in the United States with a mix of modern high-rise buildings, Indian and Spanish colonial influences, and a touch of the West. The fastest-growing city in the nation for multiple reasons a few being its warm, dry climate, amazing outdoor activities, historic neighborhoods, museums ,diverse art community, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses and real live cowboys with real live cactus in the desert. The resorts and spas are five-star, the nightlife is vibrant and the shopping centers are eclectic.
- Heard Museum
The Heard Museum was founded in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Heard as an educational haven portrays the Native arts and cultures of American Indians through the beauty of art. The museum displays large collections, excellent exhibits, innovative programs and unmatched festivals for collaborating with the Native people to present first-person voices. The museum displays the basketwork, jewelry, pottery, textiles and a large collection of Kachina dolls as a way to inform people of the Indians of the Southwest. Location: 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004 http://heard.org/
- Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden located in Papago Park, open for more than 70 years daily except, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas offers vegetation from deserts all over the world and a cactus garden. The garden teaches and inspires by providing research, exhibits and an understanding of how to preserve the desert’s natural beauty on its 140 acres of land with 55 acres under cultivation containing more than 50,000 displays of plants. You will spend a lot of time walking the many trails experiencing the life of the desert. Location: 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008 http://www.dbg.org
- Heritage Square and Science Park
Heritage Square and Science Park is a culmination of award-winning restaurants, the world-class Arizona Science Center and the 1895 Rosson House museum. You can peruse the historic homes, the schools and learn about the people and pride of Phoenix. The science center offers the uncovering the mysteries of the universe with hands-on experiences, the planetarium or IMAX Theater and then dine at the food court. Another option is to experience the fine dining, take a stroll through the square, and bask in the lush landscaping and aromatic rose garden. No matter your choice, you will experience extraordinary fun for the entire family. Location: 115 North 6th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004 http://heritagesquarephx.org/
- The Hall of Flame and Fire Museum
The Hall of Flame and Fire Museum, sponsored by the National Historical Fire Foundation was established in 1961 by George F. Getz, Jr. The museum sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, and is a historical look at the firefighting as a profession and extends a tribute to the firefighters killed in the line of duty or noted for their heroism. Displayed are almost an acre of exhibits from 1725 to 1969, including fire engines and fire extinguishers and other apparatus from America, Austria, England, France, Germany and Japan. The hall of heroes displays the names of those killed since 1981 as well as a memorial to the firefighters and police officers killed at the World Trade center in 2001. Location: 6101 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85008 http://www.hallofflame.org.
- South Mountain Park
South Mountain Park covering more than 16,000 acres of desert landscape is considered one of the largest municipal parks in the United States. The trails run for more than 50 miles and are ideal for biking, hiking and horseback riding at all levels. The night view of Phoenix from Mount Suppoa (2,690 ft.) or Dobbins Lookout (2,330 ft.) which is the highest point by trail or public road is amazing. Location: 10919 South Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85042 https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain