Phoenix InformationA first time visitor to Phoenix, Arizona will have many fun options for places to tour, restaurants to dine, and awe-inspiring hikes. The city, with a population of almost 1.5 million people, is located in the region of Arizona called the Valley of Sun due to the plentiful sunny days.
For the baseball enthusiast, Chase Field will be a welcome stop on your Phoenix adventure. The 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks play in this state of the art ballpark. Chase Field boasts one of the largest scoreboards in Major League Baseball, a retractable roof for enjoying the gorgeous Phoenix days and restaurants to keep the sports fan well fed. Don’t forget to sign up for a guided tour of the field to get an insiders view of this venue.
Top choices for museums to visit during your stay include the Heard Museum, which showcases the art and culture of the American Indians of the Southwest. The Arizona Science Center, complete with planetarium, IMAX theater and over 300 exhibits is another wonderful place to visit.
Phoenix has no shortage of restaurants and delicious hometown eateries. Cibo offers a full menu of pizza selections, Postino Central has a wine bar and Italian cuisine, Hula’s Modern Tiki is a Hawaiian and Asian inspired restaurant serving up coconut shrimp rolls and island style poke. For a gourmet meal, reserve a table at Different Pointe of View Restaurant at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. The menu offers both Mediterranean and American cuisine served while you take in breathtaking city views.
National Geographic ranked Phoenix as one of the best hiking cities in America. Two trails that are a great option for first time hikers are the Wind Cave Trail and Waterfall Canyon Trail. They are both located a short drive from the city but because of their beauty and ease they are recommended for the novice hiker. Located at 51st Avenue and Deem Hills Parkway is the Deem Hills Recreation Area. Much of the varied desert vegetation can be seen while hiking on the Circumference Trail. Great views of the surrounding Phoenix area and nearby mountains offer photo opportunities at every bend.
If there is time to squeeze in one more activity then put on your golf shoes, grab your clubs and head out to what is considered one of the best golf courses in the state, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. There you will find two PGA Championship courses to test your skill.