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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Desert Botanical Garden

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Opened in 1939 to conserve and showcase the ecology of the desert, these 150 acres contain more than 4,000 different species of cacti,...

Encanto Park

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Urban Encanto (Spanish for "enchanted") Park covers 222 acres at the heart of one of Phoenix's oldest residential neighborhoods. There...

Hall of Flame

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Retired firefighters lead tours through nearly 100 restored fire engines and tell harrowing tales of the "world's most dangerous profession...

Heard Museum

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Pioneer settlers Dwight and Maie Heard built a Spanish colonial–style building on their property to house their collection of Southwestern...

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

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A fun destination for even casual music fans, the museum offers a rare display of music and instruments going back hundreds of years—including...

Mystery Castle

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At the foot of South Mountain lies a curious dwelling built from desert rocks by Boyce Gulley, who came to Arizona to cure his tuberculosis...

Papago Park

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An amalgam of hilly desert terrain, streams, and lagoons, this park has picnic ramadas (shaded, open-air shelters), a golf course, a...

Phoenix Art Museum

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This museum is one of the most visually appealing pieces of architecture in the Southwest. Basking in natural light, the museum makes...

Phoenix Zoo

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Four designated trails wind through this 125-acre zoo, replicating such habitats as an African savanna and a tropical rainforest. Meerkats,...

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

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Phoenix's only national landmark, this park was once the site of a 500-acre Hohokam village supporting about 1,000 people and containing...