Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe

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  • 1. Desert Botanical Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

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

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  • 2. Heard Museum

    North Central Phoenix | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 3. Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 4. Taliesin West

    North Scottsdale | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 5. Arcosanti

    Town/Village

    The evolving complex and community of Arcosanti was masterminded by Italian architect Paolo Soleri to be a self-sustaining habitat in which...Read More

  • 6. Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park

    Museum/Gallery

    Ever wonder how a major metropolis can thrive in the middle of a desert? Experience the history of Arizona's water supply and its impact on...Read More

  • 7. Arizona Museum of Natural History

    Museum/Gallery

    Kids young and old get a thrill out of the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the state. You can also pan for gold and see changing exhibits...Read More

  • 8. Arizona Science Center

    Downtown Phoenix | Museum/Gallery

    With more than 300 hands-on exhibits, this is the venue for science-related exploration. You can pilot a simulated airplane flight, travel through...Read More

  • 9. Arizona State University

    Educational Institution

    What began in 1886 as the Tempe Normal School for Teachers, a four-room redbrick building and 20-acre cow pasture, is now the 750-acre Tempe...Read More

  • 10. Arizona State University Art Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum is in the gray-purple stucco Nelson Fine Arts Center, just north of Gammage Auditorium on the Arizona State campus. For a relatively...Read More

  • 11. Besh-Ba Gowah Archaeological Park

    Native American Site

    For a step 800 years back in time, tour the 2 acres of the excavated Salado Indian site at the Besh-Ba Gowah Archaeological Park on the southeastern...Read More

  • 12. Boyce Thompson Arboretum

    Garden/Arboretum

    At the foot of Picketpost Mountain in Superior, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is often called an oasis in the desert: the arid rocky expanse...Read More

  • 13. Butterfly Wonderland

    North Scottsdale | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The largest butterfly pavilion in the United States gives kids (and their parents) a close-up view of thousands of butterflies in a temperature...Read More

  • 14. Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

    Native American Site

    This site, whose original purpose still eludes archaeologists, was unknown to European explorers until Father Kino, a Jesuit missionary, first...Read More

  • 15. Cave Creek Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Exhibits at the Cave Creek Museum depict pioneer living, mining, and ranching. See an original 1920s tuberculosis cabin and a collection of...Read More

  • 16. Children's Museum of Phoenix

    Downtown Phoenix | Museum/Gallery

    A playground for kids of all ages, this museum features hands-on exhibits where children learn by playing. Venture through the "noodle forest...Read More

  • 17. Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

    Native American Site

    This is the largest concentration of ancient petroglyphs in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Some 1,500 of the cryptic symbols are here, left...Read More

  • 18. Desert Caballeros Western Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the best collections of Western art in the nation includes paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington, Albert Bierstadt, Joe Beeler...Read More

  • 19. Encanto Park

    North Central Phoenix | Park/Playground

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

  • 20. Frontier Town

    Neighborhood/Street

    The pseudo-Western Frontier Town has wooden sidewalks, ramshackle buildings, and souvenir shops. ...Read More

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