Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Arcosanti 1

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument 1

Cave Creek and Carefree 2

Deer Valley Rock Art Center 1

Lake Pleasant Regional Park 1

Pioneer Living History Village 1

Wickenburg 3

Tempe and Around 8

Apache Trail 6

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum 1

Globe 1

Superstition Mountains 1

Theodore Roosevelt Lake Reservoir and Dam 1

Tonto National Monument 1

Tortilla Flat 1

Scottsdale 4

Downtown Phoenix 4

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South Mountain Park

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The world's largest city park (almost 17,000 acres) offers a wilderness of mountain-desert trails for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders—and...

Superstition Mountains

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As the Phoenix metro area gives way to cactus- and creosote-dotted desert, the massive escarpment of the Superstition Mountains heaves...

Taliesin West

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Ten years after visiting Arizona in 1927 to consult on designs for the Biltmore hotel, architect Frank Lloyd Wright chose 600 acres of...

Tempe Center for the Arts

  • Arts/Performance Venue

This small, architecturally interesting arts center at the edge of Tempe Town Lake has become a great source of local pride. Visual art,...

Tempe Town Lake

  • Beach–Sight

The human-made Town Lake has turned downtown Tempe into a commercial and urban-living hot spot, and attracts college students and Valley...

Theodore Roosevelt Lake Reservoir & Dam

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Flanked by the desolate Mazatzal and Sierra Anchas mountain ranges, Theodore Roosevelt Lake Reservoir & Dam is an aquatic recreational...

Tonto National Monument

  • Native American Site

You can visit a well-preserved complex of 13th-century Salado cliff dwellings at this site. There's a self-guided walking tour of the...

Tortilla Flat

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Close to the end of the Apache Trail, this old-time restaurant and country store are what is left of an authentic stagecoach stop at...

Tovrea Castle

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Get a glimpse of what Phoenix was like a century ago by touring the extensive grounds and the two floors of the castle, constructed in...

Wells Fargo History Museum

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This Wild West museum isn't very big, but there are lots of things to see, including an authentic 19th-century stagecoach and a replica...

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