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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Boyce Thompson Arboretum 1

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Tonto National Monument 1

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

Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park

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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...

Arizona Museum of Natural History

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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...

Arizona Science Center

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

Arizona State University

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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...

Arizona State University Art Museum

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

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...

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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

Butterfly Wonderland

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

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

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


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