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Things to Do in Arizona

A guide to some of our local favorites and most popular spots in the valley including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Sedona, and the surrounding areas.

Dining & Restaurants

T. Cooks

T. Cook's at the Royal Palm Hotel has received the highest restaurant ratings from both national food critics and locals for its select seasonal dishes, fire-roasted specialties and elegant surroundings.

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5200 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 808-0766

Elements at the Sanctuary Resort

Elements at the Sanctuary Resort offers farm-fresh American cuisine with Asian accents.  Upscale dining with fantastic views from dining room and Jade bar. Reservations are a must!

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5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(480) 948-2100

Olive and Ivy

Old World meets new at Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace, which blends the flavors and timeless elegance of the Mediterranean with contemporary California chic.  Located in Old Town Scottsdale at the Waterfront.

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7135 East Camelback Road
Ste 260, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-1284

(480) 751-2200

Roka Akor

Voted one of the top 10 sushi spots in the United States by Bon Appetit, Roka Akor is Scottsdale's Sushi Restaurant and Japanese Robata Grill. The adjacent Shochu Lounge features shochu infusions and signature cocktails in contemporary yet relaxed surroundings.

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7299 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

(480) 306-8800

AZ 88

Reasonably priced American cuisine in trendy, artistic atmosphere. Located in Old Town Scottsdale.

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7353 Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 

(480) 994-5576

Cowboy Ciao

Modern American food with Global Influences in Old Town Scottsdale.

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7133 East Stetson Drive Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 946-3111

Sushi Roku

Trendy sushi at the W Scottsdale resort in Old Town Scottsdale.

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7277 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251-3319

(480) 970-2121

Ocean Prime

Upscale steak and seafood in north Phoenix at City North.

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5455 E High St #115
Phoenix, AZ 85054

(480) 347-1313

Tommy Bahama

Island lifestyle. Savor our chef's eclectic, tropical fare or just unwind with one of our many delicious cocktails. Our second-story lanai dining rooms offer breathtaking desert sunset views or dine al fresco on our spacious patio. Located in Kierland Commons.

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15205 North Kierland Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 505-3668

Mastro's Steakhouse

This restaurant is ranked as one of the best steakhouses in the U.S. It is pricey but if you are looking for a great atmosphere and tasty steak this is a great choice.  2 locations: North Scottsdale and Old Town Scottsdale.

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8852 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

6991 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 941-4700

Pizza Bianco

This is voted as the best pizzeria in the United Status.  It is located in downtown Phoenix and requires a little patience.  Plan on a long wait unless you arrive about 4:30PM (30 minutes before they open to get in line).  It is worth the wait though. You can also hang out at their bar next door while waiting.

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623 E Adams St,
Phoenix, AZ 85004

(623) 321-3430


Sassi is Scottsdale’s nationally known celebration of the best of Southern Italian wine and food.  This AAA 4 Diamond independent restaurant transports you to the gracious setting and hospitality of an Italian farmhouse, serving a bounty of fresh local ingredients, handmade pasta, wild caught fish and more than 250 Italian wines.

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10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 502-9095


Taking its cue from an Italian trattoria, NoRTH offers a fresh new approach to Modern Italian cuisine. Located in Kierland Commons.

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15024 North Scottsdale Rd #160
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 948-2055

RA Sushi

Great Sushi Bar. 2 locations: Kierland Commons and in Old Town Scottsdale.

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7012 East Greenway Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85254-8156

(480) 951-5888

Mastro's Ocean Club

On the World’s Best Seafood list.  Located in Kierland Commons.

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15045 N Kierland Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 443-8555


This restaurant’s menu includes a variety of premium sushi and Teppanyaki as well as classic and contemporary Asian specialties. 

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14344 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 607-1114


Simply one of the best burgers around in a great atmosphere.

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15257 N. Scottsdale Rd; Suite F150
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Grimaldi's Pizzeria

If you’re searching for THE best coal-fired brick oven, New York-style thin crust pizza in the world, look no further.

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Multiple Locations


Wine bar and American food located in central Phoenix and North Scottsdale.

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See website for locations & phone numbers

Bars & Night Clubs

Blue Martini Lounge

42 superior martinis guaranteed to excite your taste buds and elevate your spirit. Listen or dance to the best in live entertainment while enjoying our tapas food menu, the perfect complements to our fine wine and spirits selection.  At City North.

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5455 East High Street
Phoenix, AZ 85054

(480) 638-2583

The Living Room

Located on DC Ranch’s Market Street , offers an eclectic selection of fine wines, premium spirits, specialty martinis and imported beers in a non-smoking atmosphere.

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20751 North Pima Road #120
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 404-7465

Dos Gringos Mexican Cantina

Dos Gringos is a patio bar, Mexican restaurant and cantina located in Arizona with four locations in the greater Phoenix.

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4209 N. Craftsman Ct
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 423-3800

Saddle Ranch Chop House

Come for a great meal and stay long after your plates had been cleared. Enjoy the large outdoor patio with stone campfire pits where guests can roast their own s’mores or enjoy a glass of wine next to a warm fire.

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4321 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 429-2263


Euro-Asian Restaurant & Lounge

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7307 East Indian Plaza
Scottsdale, AZ

(480) 970-6969


Live DJ, table service, nightclub atmosphere

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7316 E. Stetson Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


W Hotel

Hip lobby bar and pool terrace at W Scottsdale draw a big crowd of beautiful people in Old Town Scottsdale.

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7277 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85016

(480) 970-2100

Kazimierz World Wine Bar

The Valley's finest wine bar featuring over 3200 wines, signature cocktails, global small plates, and live entertainment.

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7137 East Stetson Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 946-3004

Geisha a Go Go

A complete “Entertainment Dining” experience. Geisha brings the Japanese POP culture experience to Old Town Scottsdale with the freshest sushi, rock n’roll and private karaoke rooms.

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7150 East 6th Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 699-0055

Rusty Spur Saloon

Scottsdale's last real cowboy saloon. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, the Rusty Spur is an Old West saloon offering rustic charm, great food, live entertainment.

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7245 East Main Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 425-7787


The Hideaway Grill, a renowned biker-bar in Cave Creek where bikers would have a place to ride out of the big city to have a few drinks and grab some grub.

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6746 East Cave Creek Rd, 
Cave Creek, AZ

(480) 595-0358

Shopping Malls

Desert Ridge Marketplace

The ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. 110 acres. 1.2 million square feet of retail space, 110 retailers and restaurants. Some of the stores include Target, Greatland, Barnes & Noble, Kohl’s, PET SMART, and Old Navy complemented by an extensive selection of other specialty stores and restaurants.

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Tatum Blvd & Loop-101

The Borgata

The Borgata offers exclusive dining experiences from the exciting gourmet entrees of J. Alexander's and Blanco: Taco's + Tequila to the organic delights of SLo Foods Organic Cafe.

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SW corner of Lincoln Dr & Scottsdale Rd

Scottsdale Quarter

Shopping center now open featuring Apple Store, Brio Tuscan Grill, H&M, West Elm, Williams Sonoma Home and primeBAR.

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NE corner of Scottsdale Rd and Greenway Parkway

Scottsdale Fashion Square

This is the largest shopping mall in the Southwest with more than 225 stores like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillards and Macy’s.

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NW corner of Scottsdale Rd & Camelback

City North

Phase I “High Street” of new multi-use development is now open featuring dining and small amount of retail.

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56th Street & Loop-101

Kierland Commons

38-acre "main-street" development, outdoor mall with high-end retailer such as Coach, Juicy Couture, Anthropologie, ZGallerie, Crate and Barrel.

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NW corner of Scottsdale Rd & Greenway Parkway

Outlets at Anthem

Over 75 Brand Name Stores with 30%-70% off retail prices. Take I-17 North to Anthem Way exit.

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4250 West Anthem Way
Phoenix, AZ 85086

Arizona Mills Outlet Mall

Large indoor mall with over 175 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues.

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5000 Arizona Mills Circle
Tempe, AZ 85282

Market Street at DC Ranch

North Scottsdale’s premiere dining, shopping, and social district.

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SE corner of Thompson Peak Pkwy & Pima


Bike Rentals

Mustang Sally's Bike Rentals

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4207 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ‎

(480) 941-3065

Motorcycle Rentals

Top Spoke Harley Davidson Rentals

Largest fleet in Arizona.  Book online, rates starting at $99 per day.

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Arizona Soaring

Service since 1969.  Aerobatic flights, training, and more…

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Hot Air Balloon Tours

Hot Air Expeditions

America’s largest hot air balloon tour operation.

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Horseback Riding

Cave Creek Outfitters

Ride through the panoramic vistas of Arizona's Sonoran Desert. Offering 1-hour, 2-hour, Half-Day and Full Day Rides in north Scottsdale.

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Fort McDowell Adventures

Located on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation close to Fountain Hills.

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MacDonald’s Ranch

1,300 Acre Ranch in North Scottsdale minutes from Loop-101 & Scottsdale Rd.  Offering guided trail rides, hay rides, team building, cowboy cookouts, catering, and more.

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Cave Creek Horse Trail Rides

Offers trail rides in the Cave Creek Recreation Area in North Scottsdale.

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Hummer & ATV Tours

Stellar Adventures

Arizona’s most unique off-road adventure tours featuring Hummer, ATV and Blazers.

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Desert Dog Tours

Hummers, C2 desert buggy or ATV/4-wheeler, quad tours.

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Pink Jeep Tours

For more than 45 years, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road family adventures in Sedona. Try the Broken Arrow Trail!

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Skydive Arizona

The largest skydiving resort, with the biggest skydiving aircraft fleet in the world.  Located between Phoenix and Tucson in Eloy, AZ

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Phoenix Area Skydiving

Located only 25 minutes South of Phoenix making Phoenix Area Skydiving the closest skydiving center serving the Phoenix area

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Desert Skydiving Center

Buckeye Airport 30 miles west of Phoenix

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Scenic Tours


Offer small group tours throughout Arizona including the Grand Canyon, Sedona, City Tours, Red Rock Tours.

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Vaughan’s Southwest Tours

Offer a wide variety of tours throughout Arizona.

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Open Road Tours

This company specializes in sightseeing and adventure travel throughout the Southwestern United States. Trips range from half-day highlight tours to seven-day adventures featuring river rafting, hiking, jeep tours and horseback rides.

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Grand Canyon Railway

Enjoy historic train travel on one of four classes of service on our vintage train from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park

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233 North Grand Canyon Boulevard, Williams, AZ 86046

Verde Canyon Railway

A ride on Verde Canyon Railroad's historic route from Clarkdale to the ghost ranch of Perkinsville and back into Arizona's other grand canyon is an unforgettable experience.

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Goldfield Ghost Town

Walk down Main Street, explore the many shops and historic buildings. Tour the historic Mammoth Gold Mine and visit the Goldfield Museum. Pan for gold then take a ride on Arizona's only narrow gauge train.

You'll also get to witness an old west gun fight performed by the famous Goldfield Gunfighters! Spend a fun filled day, rich in wild west history!

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Apache Trail

One of the most scenic drives near the Phoenix area, it affords visitors an incredible view of canyons, geologic formations, desert plants and trees, desert and lake views, and wildflowers in season

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480-982-3141 (Apache Chamber of Commerce)

Helicopter & Plane Rides

Arizona Heliservices

Sightseeing, Photo Flights, Charter, Aerial Survey, Film/Motion Picture.  Located at Mesa’s Falcon Field Airport

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Flying M Air

Variety of tours throughout Arizona.  Call or check their website. Depart from all Arizona airports.

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Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

This is the world’s largest Helicopter sightseeing company departing from the Grand Canyon or Flagstaff.

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Grand Canyon Airlines

See Arizona’s spectacular views…all in a day.  Scenic flights daily departing at the Grand Canyon Airport.  Operating flights since 1927.

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Red Rock Biplane Tours

Family owned and operated, Sedona Air Tours has been flying Sedona since 1993. Experience the thrill of a lifetime on one of our many biplane, Sky Safari, or helicopter tours over the most beautiful scenery in America!

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Grand Canyon & Sedona Helicopters

Offering flights over the Grand Canyon and Sedona.  The only company in the world to receive two of The Travel Channel’s “10 Best Helicopter Thrills”.

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Golf Courses

Arizona is a premiere travel destination for golfing with over 200 courses in the Phoenix area alone.

Dove Valley Ranch

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33750 N Dove Lakes Dr
Cave Creek, AZ 8533

(480) 488-0009

Talking Stick

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9998 East Indian Bend
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 860-2221


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10690 East Sheena Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 502-8200


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34831 N. Tom Darlington Drive
Carefree, AZ 85377

(480) 488-9028


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6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, AZ

(480) 941-8200

Kierland Golf Club

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15636 North Clubgate Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 922-9283

Gold Canyon

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6100 S. Kings Ranch Rd.
Gold Canyon, AZ 85218


Grayhawk Golf Club

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8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 502-1800

TPC Scottsdale

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17020 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 585-4334

Troon North Golf Club

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10320 East Dynamite Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85262

(480) 585-5300

Wildfire Golf Club

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5225 East Pathfinder Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85054

(480) 293-3800

Amusement Parks

Golfland SunSplash

This is a HUGE children’s paradise with water park, 3 miniature golf courses, arcade, laser knights tag, FastCar Raceway, pizza shoppe, bumper boats, wave pool, rock slides, and much more.

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155 W. Hampton Ave
Mesa, AZ 85210


Big Surf Waterpark

Large Water Park with America’s original wave pool, a variety of slides and pools that will thrill the kids.  Open through Labor Day

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1500 N. McClintock
Tempe, AZ 85281


Wet N’Wild Phoenix

Another large Water Park in northwest Phoenix with similar amenities to SunSplash.

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4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd.,
Glendale, AZ 85310


Dave & Buster’s at Desert Ridge

Indoor 64,000 sq. ft. playground for kids and adults.  This facility has restaurants, sports bar, bowling, arcade, billiards, and more.  Located in the Desert Ridge Marketplace.

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21001 N. Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050


Castles N’ Coasters

Thrilling sky–high roller coasters, exciting water rides, miniature golf course, old fashioned carousel and more.

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9445 N Metro Pkwy E
Phoenix, AZ 85051

(602) 997-7575


Arizona’s largest family fun & sports park with over 27 acres of excitement including 300 yard shaded driving range, go-cart track, bumper boat lagoon, 2 miniature golf courses, 18-hole professional putting course, batting cages, 3 volleyball courts, arcade, and restaurant.

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16001 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254


Octane Raceway

Octane Raceway in Scottsdale Arizona offers the best highspeed kart racing and virtual reality gaming. Visit the Brickyard Bar & Grill Restaurant for the best food and happy hour drinks in between your go kart races.

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9119 E Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(602) 302-7223

Zoos, Museums & Gardens

Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo lies on 125 acres in the centrally located Papago Park.  Home to more than 1,300 animals from around the world including more than 200 endangered or threatened species.

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455 North Galvin Parkway,  
Phoenix, AZ 85008


Out of Africa Wildlife Park

See hundreds of animals from all over the world! Lions, Tigers, Giraffe, Rhinoceros, Black Bear, Camel, Ostrich, Cobras, Zebra, Exotic Birds, Tortoise, Wildebeest, Jaguar, Leopards, Wolves, Hyenas and more!

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4020 N. Cherry Rd
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

(928) 567-2842

Heard Museum

10 exhibition galleries, free guided tours, outdoor sculpture gardens, a renowned café, a contemporary art gallery and trading-post style shopping, plus much more

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2301 N. Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Phoenix Art Museum

A diverse and stimulating permanent art collection which serves as the focal point of art and culture in Arizona.

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1625 North Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Desert Botanical Garden

Hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants, showcasing 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits and is home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world.

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1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, Arizona 85008


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Location of Frank Lloyd Wright’s school of architecture.  This truly is a great place to visit to learn more about his working art.

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12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85259


CAF Aircraft Museum

B-25 rides, historic aircraft exhibits and special events.

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2017 N. Greenfield Road
Mesa, AZ 85215


Arizona Science Center

Planetarium, hands-on learning exhibits and IMAX theatre.

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600 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Located about 1 hour from Phoenix, the Mission of Boyce Thompson Arboretum is to instill in people an appreciation of plants through the fostering of educational, recreational, research, and conservation opportunities associated with arid-land plants.

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37615 U.S. Highway 60
Superior, AZ 85273


Pueblo Grande Museum

The site features three galleries, a theatre with an award winning introductory video and an outdoor interpretive trail.  The trail contains the prehistoric ruins of the platform mound and ball court of the Hohokam culture, replicated housing, canal systems and interpretive agricultural garden.

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4619 E. Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85034



Saguaro Lake

Saguaro Lake is located within the Tonto National Forest just 20 minutes from Mesa.  At an elevation of 1529 feet, 10 miles in length, and 22 miles of shoreline this small lake offers stunning scenery.  Located at the lake is a marina with boat rentals and restaurant. Water skiing and jet-skiing are very popular in the summer months.

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14011 North Bush Highway
Mesa, AZ 85215-9717

(480) 986-5546 (Marina)

Lake Pleasant

Largest lake in the immediate Phoenix area with a full pool of close to 10,000 surface acres. Endless coves and bays provide the ideal setting for everyone's favorite water activities.   Fishing, water skiing, sailing, jet skiing, and more are very popular in the summer months. There is the largest full service marina with full bar/restaurant waterfront.

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40202 N. 87th Ave
Peoria, AZ 85383

602-912-1664  (Marina)

Bartlett Lake

Second largest lake in the Phoenix Metro Valley area, with boatable surface area of 2,815 acres.

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(602) 316-3378 (Marina)


Fort McDowell Casino

Arizona’s first casino with 775 slots, poker tables, Blackjack, Bingo, Keno and concert venue.

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10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd
Scottsdale, AZ  


Casino Arizona

Two locations in Scottsdale operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.  Salt River has 950 Slots, 50 Blackjack, Fast Action Keno, Dining, Entertainment, and more.  Talking Stick location has 800+ Slots, 50+ table games, Fast Action Keno, Sports Bar, Dining and more.

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Salt River location:

524 North 92nd Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Talking Stick location:

9800 East Indian Bend
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Turf Paradise Horse Racing

Since 1956, Turf Paradise is the 3rd largest sports attraction in the State & holds court to one of the longest seasons of Thoroughbred racing in the country.  Turf Paradise offers a place for everyone from fine dining, VIP, Directors’ & Turf Club to our Grandstand & Park Pavilion filled with concessions.

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1501 W. Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85023


Hiking Trails

Camelback Mountain

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McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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Piestewa Peak / Dreamy Draw

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Pinnacle Peak Mountain

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Sporting Events

Chase Field

Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks - MLB

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401 E. Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ

University of Phoenix Stadium

Home of the Arizona Cardinals - NFL

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1 Cardinal Drive
Glendale, AZ 85305


Talking Stick Resort Arena

Home of the Phoenix Suns - NBA

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201 East Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Gila River Arena

Home of the Arizona Coyotes - NHL

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9400 West Maryland Avenue, 
Glendale Arizona 85305

(623) 772-3800

Cactus League Spring Training Facilities

Scottsdale is home to the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies spring training. More Cactus league training facilities throughout the valley.

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Colleges & Universities

Arizona State University

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University Dr. & Mill Ave
Tempe, AZ 85287


Scottsdale Community College

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9000 E. Chaparral Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85256


Paradise Valley Community College

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18401 N. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85032


University of Phoenix

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8801 E. Raintree Ste. 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85260