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 5

Apache Trail 10


Boyce Thompson Arboretum 1

Globe 3

Superstition Mountains 3

Theodore Roosevelt Lake Reservoir and Dam 1

Tonto National Monument 1

Tortilla Flat 1

Tempe and Around 9

Downtown Phoenix 7

Scottsdale 5

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Ghost Town 2

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Museum/ Gallery 22

Native American Site 5

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Neighborhood/ Street 2

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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...

Besh-Ba Gowah Archaeological Park

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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...

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...

Children's Museum of Phoenix

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

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,...

Desert Caballeros Western Museum

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

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...

Frontier Town

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

Goldfield Ghost Town

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Goldfield became an instant town of about 4,000 residents after a gold strike in 1892; it dried up five years later when the gold mine...


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