August 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Things to do in Phoenix area:
+ two hours north: Flagstaff, hiking, skiing, mountains
+ in case you wondered: The Grand Canyon is 4 to 4.5 hours away. Be prepared though, it’s a busy place.
+ Chase Field was the first baseball facility in the world to combine a retractable roof, air conditioning, and a natural turf field.(metrostation near by)
+ The Desert Botanical Garden has one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants.
+ Climb Piestewa Peak: Piestewa Peak, formerly known as Squaw Peak, is part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. The elevation of Piestewa Peak is 2,608 feet; the total elevation gain for the Summit Trail is 1,190 feet. That might not sound high, but hikers of all levels can get a great workout climbing this mountain, and get a great view of the city when they get to the top. If you decide to hike the Summit Trail, though, you won’t be alone. According to the City of Phoenix.
+ Scottsdale Art Walk: There are more than 100 art galleries in Scottsdale.
+ The Boyce Thompson Arboretum brings together plants from the Earth’s many and varied deserts and dry lands.
+ Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse: Rawhide has got to be the best place to take kids from back east that want to be cowboys and cowgirls.
+ The Phoenix Zoo is one of the younger zoos in the country.
+ The Apache Trail will be one of the most memorable drives you’ll ever take. Your adventure will begin in Apache Junction, about 25 miles east of downtown Phoenix.
+ South Mountain Park: At over 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park and Preserve often is considered the largest
+ Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot: About one and a half hours north of Phoenix are two National Monuments that are well worth a day trip from the Phoenix area.
• Phoenix Water Parks
• Salt River Tubing (Mesa)
• Splash Pads and Spray Pads
• Public Swimming Pools
• Maps to Public Swimming Pools
• Where Can Fido Swim?