Debunking the myth that nothing beautiful grows in the desert, Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix boasts 50 acres of blooming flowers and plants. Accredited not only as a garden, but also as a living museum, the garden is a sanctuary for nearly 140 threatened or endangered species, representing flora from deserts around the world. In addition, the Garden hosts Music in the Garden and many other events throughout the year.
In Phoenix, golfers enjoy sunny skies year-round. Home to a number of world-class resorts and challenging courses, you'll find all the elements of a great golf vacation in the Valley of the Sun.
Talking Stick Resort Arena is the premier sports and entertainment hub in Arizona. Centrally located in the "Legends Entertainment District" in downtown Phoenix, the venue is home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, as well as the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. Talking Stick Resort Arena has also welcomed some of the biggest and brightest stars in the music, entertainment and sports industries, hosting dozens of concerts, family shows and live events each year.
An institution of exciting art and learning since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has become the largest art museum in the southwestern United States, providing access to art from all over the world to the people of Arizona. Throughout the year the museum presents festivals, live performances, independent art films, plus family and school educational programs that enlighten, entertain and stimulate.
Visit the beautiful Phoenix Zoo, home to over 1,200 animals. Centrally located in the Phoenix metro area, the Phoenix Zoo offers an exciting array of animal exhibits, unique special events, educational programs and outdoor recreational activities for people of all ages. The spectacular surroundings make it an ideal setting for professional meetings, memorable dinner/receptions, weddings and more. The Phoenix Zoo is open everyday, rain or shine, except December 25.
The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. With a commanding presence on Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix, the museum hosts nearly 250,000 visitors a year. The museum's 10 spacious exhibit galleries and beautiful outdoor courtyards feature outstanding traditional and contemporary Native American art.
Visit one of the most impressive and unique Major League Baseball facilities in the country - Chase Field. It is home to the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, several restaurants, a beer garden - even a retractable roof and swimming pool - all within an old-style ballpark atmosphere. Make the experience memorable and take a guided tour of Chase Field. Tours are conducted year-round, for both individuals and groups.
For the adventurous at heart, a trip to the Hualapai Reservation on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon will provide the thrill of a lifetime. Your adventure will include a scenic, narrated, aerial tour over fabulous Arizona landscapes; a ground tour to Eagle Point with an Indian Village including authentic native homes, scheduled Native American Cultural performances and the amazing Grand Canyon Skywalk. Lunch is at Guano Point - on the rim of the Grand Canyon, where you can do a little hiking. Here, you will have spectacular views of the Canyon and the Colorado River a mile below.
Ballooning in Phoenix is an exhilarating experience that everyone can enjoy. "A magic carpet ride" and "riding on a cloud" are two phrases that have been used to describe the beauty, exhilaration and gentleness of ballooning. The balloon tour lasts approximately one hour with sunrise and sunset flights available.
Travel through the Sonoran Desert and on to the Grand Canyon, where the majestic scenes await you. Complete your getaway with a float trip on the mighty Colorado River where you will be captivated by the spectacular scenery. This tour is seasonal and operates from 15 April to 1 October only.
The Museum at Papago Park is the principal museum in the Phoenix metropolitan area covering the changes that have made Arizona what it is today. Concentrating on Arizona in the 20th and 21st centuries, the museum is filled with stories - stories about World War II and its effects in Arizona, stories about the rise of desert cities, and stories about Arizona popular culture. The museum brings stories to life through engaging exhibits, hands-on and multimedia displays, children's activities, and a variety of educational programs.
Tomaso's Phoenix, located in the Camelback corridor, embraces the lifestyle of Italian dining. Voted best Italian Restaurant in the valley since 1977, Tomaso's celebrates simplicity and quality of authentic Italian food and wine. Tomaso Maggiore follows the traditional Italian dining format, starting with an abundant assortment of antipasti, dinner then features primi courses of moderately sized fresh pastas and risottos before moving to selection of lighter vegetable, fish and meat main courses. Dolce completes the meal with house-made offerings, including Italian pastries and scoops of gelato.
Poised 1,800 feet above the Valley of the Sun, Different Pointe of View offers guests breathtaking views second only to the outstanding regional American cuisine that features fresh local and organic ingredients. The restaurant's mountaintop location and floor to ceiling windows provide stunning views of the desert landscape, the city's twinkling lights in the distance and Arizona's brilliant sunsets.
The Compass Restaurant is the only rooftop-revolving restaurant in all of Arizona. They offer breathtaking views, mouthwatering food and impeccable service. Experience seasonal menus that invite adventurous diners to return for the most current coupling of entrees and wines including BBQ tuna crudo, Southwest Caesar salad and Black-Angus rib eye.
Grilled steaks and chops cooked over pecan wood fires, fresh fish, daily blackboard specials, small plate appetizers and an extensive wine by the glass selection. Dimly lit with eclectic music, guests can sit at the upstairs bar and watch your food being prepared, dine in our over-sized booths or make your way downstairs and hang at the cellar bar. Rokerij is truly a feast for the senses.
USDA Prime Steaks reign supreme at Donovan's. They also offer delectable market seafood for those non-steak moments and a depth of wine variety that has earned the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.
Nestled within a den of rich earthen colors, high-vaulted ceilings, and panoramic views, T. Cook's offers unrivaled ambiance for a Scottsdale restaurant. The Mediterranean cuisine is simply superb. T. Cook's boasts select seasonal dishes from Barcelona, Spain and the Tuscan region of Italy, with ingredients hand selected by Chef Lee Hillson.