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Bob Kupbens

Photo by Bob Kupbens

There's more than one way to discover Phoenix.


Photo courtesy of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa.        

Where to Stay // Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
Rawhide, a replica of an 1880s Old West town, sits just up the road from this Chandler resort and its AAA Five Diamond restaurant. 

Morning // Saba’s Western Store and Saba’s Famous Texas Boots
The two Old Town Scottsdale locations for this longtime Western-wear outfitter are good bets for your getup, with boots in every size and color. 

Afternoon // Trail Ride at Ponderosa Livery Stable
Hire a horse and guide at South Mountain Park—the country’s largest municipal park—and kick up some dust on your way to a panoramic city view. 

Dinner // Monti’s La Casa Vieja
What was built as a hacienda on the Salt River in present-day downtown Tempe and has been run as a restaurant since the 1890s is now a maze of comfy Western-style dining rooms famous for steak dinners. 


The Spa at Camelback Inn photo by Gary Kufner.        

Where to Stay // Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Just off busy Camelback Road, the villas, casitas and guest rooms here, buffered by lush gardens, feel a world away. 

Morning // Desert Botanical Garden
Lose yourself amid 50,000 plants at this 150-acre garden tucked within the expansive Papago Park. 

Afternoon // The Spa at Camelback Inn
Calming, up-close views of Camelback Mountain complement desert-inspired spa services, such as a massage that uses heated basalt stones. 

Dinner // Lon’s at the Hermosa
Dine on the relaxed patio at this hacienda-turned-restaurant in Paradise Valley. Produce used in the dishes comes from lemon, orange, and grapefruit trees and a one-acre organic garden, all on site. 


Photo courtesy of Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeological Park.        

Morning // Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeological Park
Explore this excavation of a 1,500-year-old Hohokam village to see how Phoenix’s original inhabitants lived. 

Midmorning // Heard Museum
One of the top museums devoted to the arts and culture of Native Americans from the Southwest. 

Afternoon // Musical Instrument Museum
Six thousand instruments and artifacts representing 200 countries are on display at this massive museum. 

Dinner // Barrio Café
It was here, in a working-class Latino neighborhood, where chef Silvana Salcido Esparaza first shared her edgy Mexican fare. 


Troon North Golf Club photo by Russell Kirk/golflinksphotography.com.        

Where to Stay // Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Camelback Mountain trailheads lie within easy reach, but views from the rooms, infinity pool and Jade Bar make this an especially spectacular stay. 

Morning // Camelback Mountain
Lace up the boots and hit the recently reopened Echo Canyon Summit or Cholla trails for an intense hike to the summit of this mountain landmark. 

Midmorning // McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Mountain biking is the fastest way to explore the 60 miles of trails through the Sonoran Desert landscape here. 

Afternoon // Troon North Golf Club
Tee times mean magnificent scenery at the nearly 200 golf courses in and around Phoenix, and the desert is at its dramatic best here, in the shadow of Pinnacle Peak. 


Roosevelt Row photo by Andrew Pielage.        

Where to Stay // The Clarendon Hotel
Hop to museums and galleries from this circa 1975 motor hotel, brightly remade with colorful modern rooms and a pool lined with private cabanas. 

Morning // Taliesin West
Don’t miss Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture school and former winter home in the foothills of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains. The 90-minute tour is a must. 

Afternoon // Phoenix Art Museum
Modern and contemporary art, including that of the American West, commands the most space here. 

Evening // Roosevelt Row
Scottsdale has a lockdown on the gallery scene, but this downtown Phoenix arts district draws locals and visitors up for more edge. After a gallery/studio walk, catch an indie flick at FilmBar.

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