Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum’s collection of more than 6,000 instruments never fails to impress visitors, who are invited to explore the museum’s myriad interactive displays. For a more hands-on feel, head to the Experience Gallery and make your own music.
Desert Botanical Garden
The variety of desert plants and cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden is simply astonishing, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the horticulture of Southwest America. The Garden offers 140 acres with numerous sections that also include wildflowers and herbs.
Standing 2,704 feet tall, Camelback Mountain is the proper place for a hike in town — and it’s quite convenient, given its location practically in the middle of the city. The uphill walk can be pretty vigorous, so go early in the morning to catch views over the city.
Indian fry bread is somewhat modern Native American fare that consists of deep-fried dough stuffed with either taco fillings (beans, cheese, lettuce) or sweet toppings (chocolate, marshmallows, powdered sugar). Get it served piping hot at the famed Fry Bread House, winner of the James Beard America’s Classic award.
Los Reyes de la Torta
This restaurant dishes out authentic Mexican sandwiches called tortas; the signature Torta del Rey consists of a massive heap of grilled ham, pork sirloin, breaded beef, chorizo and more. You might not be able to polish one off yourself, but it’s so tasty that nobody would blame you for trying.
At his eponymous pizzeria, James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco embodies truly artisanal pizza-making. Starting from hundreds of balls of fresh dough every morning and ending with nightly lines out the door, Pizzeria Bianco offers brick-oven perfection. Try the popular Rosa, topped with red onion, Parmigiano-reggiano, rosemary and Arizona pistachios.
A historic landmark first opened in 1929, the Orpheum Theater underwent a major renovation from 1984 to 1997 to become the gorgeous venue it is today. You can catch the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera there, along with a host of other touring shows and concerts.
Bar Smith is one of Phoenix’s premier destinations for a lively night downtown. Depending on the night of the week, DJs could be playing thumping house music, funky Latin beats or even laid-back R&B. Two floors — including a rooftop bar — and swanky couches make Bar Smith a must-go for pleasure-seeking scenesters.
For an evening of entertainment, get tickets for the Phoenix Theater, where you can see great performances such as Les Miserables, Mary Poppins and more. Each season brings a slew of fun new shows to pick from, with multiple stages and great acoustics at each one.