Top 10 things to do in Phoenix, from bars to bookstores
The list of the best things to do in Phoenix goes on and on. There’s no place like this city—a fast-growing, 517-square-mile sprawl in the middle of the Sonoran Desert with Apache street art, 150-year-old cacti, ultra-fresh Mexican seafood, and epic sunsets. Many people come to the Valley of the Sun for golf, work, nightclubs or sport, but those who step outside of the usual bubbles will be rewarded. More so than other similarly sized American cities (Phoenix has a population of 1.6 million, making it the fifth largest city in the US), you need to know where to look.
On the gastronomic side, Phoenix is an example of a destination that excels when its chefs rely on local producers. Growers take advantage of more than 300 days of sunshine a year to produce incredible citrus, beans, squash and flour. It’s so good that Arizona exports to Italy, fueling incredible tortillas and pizza. The art scene is omnipresent, most visibly manifesting itself as murals swirling across downtown facades. Casual galleries and refreshingly original museums – like the Heard and its Native American collection – are constantly evolving and worth (re)visiting.
And despite urban sprawl, the wonders of the world’s most vibrant desert are never far away. This is where you can start if you really want to taste, see, feel and experience the best of what the burgeoning city has to offer today.