7 Tourist Destinations You Must Not Miss When Visiting Phoenix

PhoenixAh, tourists. When you finally arrive in Phoenix, you’re going to have a hard time pointing out a tourist at any given cultural center, museum or teacher and that’s because everyone is wearing shorts and T-shirts, but also taking pictures of everything that moves. Phoenix is an amazing city to visit and there are many great places where you can take your family with you. However, if you want to experience the best Phoenix has to offer, then make sure to check out these incredible places.

Cosanti

consantiIf luxury is what draws you to Phoenix, then Cosanti is an excellent portrayal of it. This is a Zen nature and arts compound located in the heart of Paradise Valley and it features numerous Soleri Wind Bells, but also garden walkways, artist studious and several eco friendly buildings. If you’re curious about what the name of the place actually means, well, Cosanti is basically a combination of 2 Italian words, including cosa (which means “things”) and anti (which translates into “against).

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Explore the Best of Desert Hiking Trails, Camping, and Wildlife at Lost Dutchman State Park.

lost dutchman state parkNamed after a famous gold mine legendary, Lost Dutchman State Park is a 320-acre state park located near the Superstition Mountains Phoenix, Arizona. Lost Dutchman State Park is found in the Sonoran Desert 40 miles east of Phoenix.

The park offers 72 camping facilities while enjoying native wildlife such as the mule, deer, coyote, javelin, and jackrabbit. The park also presents its visitors with a variety of hiking trails, nature trails, picnic facilities, a dump station, unique restrooms, showers and group use areas. Also, all our visitors get maps and other publications from the visitor center which also contains gift shops open daily from 8 am to 4 pm. (more…)

Pay a Visit to Over 1200 Animals at Phoenix Zoo

phoenix zooOpened in the 1920s, Phoenix Zoo is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. The zoo was founded by Robert Maytag and occupies approximately 125 acres of land inside Papago Park. It is a home to many animals, birds, mammals and a large number of endangered species. Phoenix Zoo is regarded as one of the top five children’s zoos in the United States. Children have a chance to play with goats, stroke a stingray or see the model of a milking cow. Several restaurants are located inside the zoo to offer a delicious selection of food to visitors.

Phoenix Zoo Trails

The zoo has been divided into four trails that help to narrate the vast diversity of plant and animal life to visitors. Below are the trails found in Phoenix Zoo.

i. Arizona Trail

The Arizona trail is specially designed to emulate the wildlife and plant life of the state of Arizona. The trail contains several plants native to the Sonoran Desert such as Saguaro cactus and animals like collard peccary, coyote, cougar, bobcat, turkey, Raven, and vulture among much more.

ii. Africa Trail

The African Trail contains animals such as African painted dogs, mandrill, ostrich, hamadryas baboon, white rhino, lions, cheetahs, and Masai giraffes. The Desert Lives trail diverts off the Africa Trail before and after the lion and hyena exhibits. The Desert Lives trail features bighorn sheep and Arabian Oryx.

iii. Tropics Trail

catagonousThe Tropical Trail is made of two parts: The inner trail follows the lake and is home to ring-tailed lemurs, squirrel monkeys, and Bornean orangutans. The outer trail passes by Komodo dragons and is home to Asian elephants, jaguar, iguanas, anteaters, Galapagos tortoises, Aldabra giant tortoises and Sumatran tigers. It also includes the Forest of Uco.

iv. Children’s Trail

The Children’s Trail allows children to get close to many small animals such as emus, a caracal, an ocelot, siamang gibbons and golden-mantled tamarins. The trail leads to Harmony Farm which contains many farm animals, a petting zoo, and demonstrations on farming and agriculture.

Phoenix Zoo offers many great animal attractions as well as clean and well-maintained areas for children to play and explore as they learn about wildlife and conservation. Phoenix Zoo offers its visitors with activities such as:

  • The only walk-through squirrel monkey exhibit that allows our visitors to walk into the open exhibition where squirrel and monkeys scamper through bushes and trees.
  • An opportunity to pet and brush goats in the large Red Barn at Harmony Farm. The activity allows you to get close to cows, sheep, and horses.
  • An up-close and personal experience with the tallest mammal at Phoenix Zoo – the giraffe
  • Camel rides for both kids and adults.
  • Stingray Bay. Enjoy a chance to feel the unique skin of cow nose Stingray as you feed them fish and shrimp.
  • Leaping Lagoon Splash Pad which features a carousel of endangered species
  •  A Safari Train that provides a nonstop guided tour of the zoo.

Phoenix Zoo offers a broad range of hands-on, educational camps and programs for children, teens, and adults. We offer youth programs such as field trips, night camps, a summer camp and an extensive volunteer program for teenagers. Visit Phoenix Zoo today and enjoy an unforgettable encounter with animals together with gaining information during our learning programs.

Exploring the Photogenic Ancient Trees at Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified-Forest_ArizonaPetrified Forest National Park is located in north-central Arizona about 18 miles west of Navajo, Arizona and about two hours east of Flagstaff. The Park is world famous for its impressive collection of colorful laden petrified wood, and also it’s truly unique and extraordinary features. Petrified Forest National Park is regarded as a favorite place for artists from all around the world for its scenic landscape and rugged terrain.

In addition to the petrified wood, this park is home to the Arizona Badlands of the Painted Dessert. It also contains fossils purported to be over 2 million years underscoring the incredible history of the park and also acts as a study location for archaeologists throughout the world. (more…)

Explore the Historic Hotel on the Grand Canyon’s Rim at El Tovar Hotel.

El Tovar hotelThe El Tovar Hotel just known as El Tovar is a historic hotel that is situated directly on the Southend rim of Grand Canyon in Arizona. The hotel was built from local limestone and Oregon pine. The El Tovar Hotel is an architectural wonder that seems to have sprung up out of the very rock it resides on. It was opened in the year 1905 as one of a chain of hotels and restaurants operated by the Fred Harvey Company.this sprawling multiple-level building follows the natural steps and contours of the canyon’s edge. (more…)

Explore the Preserved Cliff Dwellings of the Sinagua at Montezuma Caste National Monument

MontezumaMontezuma Castle National Monument is a spectacular cliff dwelling consisting of about twenty rooms from the ancient Sinagua Indians around the 14th century. The monument well conditioned with sparkling clean rooms, professionally done by carpet cleaners. The twenty rooms are built into an alcove 100 feet above the floor of Beaver Creek Canyon. The monument tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape. The units are strategically built while facing south to allow them to catch and retain as much warmth from the sun as possible. The 70 feet cliff face consists of a whitish, soft limestone that has weathered to produce numerous caves and alcoves where some have been walled off to create living spaces. (more…)

How Heard Museum Showcase the Native American Indian Culture.

Heard MuseumThe internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the best of American Indian culture. Known for its award-winning performance the museum uses a collection of first person voice to elaborate stories of Indian American culture while equally celebrating the diverse achievements of today’s artists. (more…)

Fishing, Hiking, and Camping at Oak Creek Canyon.

 

oak creek canyonAs human beings, we all need to feel and belong to a satisfactory place. Just as you may need to replace shingles or whichever type of roofing you use, we all need to be in a subtle environment, and a better way to do so is to explore the world. Get your camera ready for this adventure and don’t forget your swimsuit, fishing pole, and hiking shoes, as we explore the Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive.  (more…)

Understanding the History of Instruments around the World at Musical Instrument Museum.

MIMOpened in April 2010, The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is the largest musical museum with over 15,000 musical instruments, and associated objects include examples from nearly 200 countries and territories. The museum appreciates and promotes local talent by having video clips of locals playing their music at each station.

As the slogan of the museum suggests, “Music is the language of the soul,” and irrespective of the language we speak, we can come to acknowledge each other through singing, dancing and appreciating the glorious sounds we make. (more…)

Exploring the Historical Air and Spacecraft Adventures at Pima Air and Space Museum Tucson, Arizona

pima museumPima Air and Space Museum is one of the largest museums in the world; that houses aircraft and unique spacecraft from the 1920s to the present. Dating from the early airplanes and fighter jets, this space museum covers 100 years of aviation history and has more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft on display. The museum makes a great venue for any special event.

It can accommodate groups from 20 to 400. The facilities in the museum are specially situated for special events and offers visitors the opportunity to view a vast array of aircraft. All events booked at the museum are exclusively supported by a complete range of guest services that make them perfect for any group occasion. (more…)

Explore the Best of Arizona’s Desert Beauty at Desert Botanical Garden.

The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140-acre garden located in Papago Park at Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, Central Desert botanical gardenArizona. The park was founded in 1937 by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society. The Desert Botanical Garden offers world’s finest collection of arid-land plants in a unique outdoor setting. The Botanical Garden hosts more than 50,000 accessioned plants throughout its five thematic trails.

The Park provides a state-of-the-art experience for every visitor. There are various art exhibitions, trailside exhibits and seasonal experiences that transform visitors ‘experience into discovery and meaning about the desert and features therein. The garden offers a variety of lectures and workshops on desert landscaping and horticulture, health and wellness, nature art and photography, botanical art and illusion. (more…)