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. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Frontier Town

    Neighborhood/Street

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

  • 12. Goldfield Ghost Town

    Ghost Town

    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 flooded...Read More

  • 13. Hall of Flame

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 14. Mesa Grande Cultural Park

    Museum/Gallery

    Unpreserved in the middle of the city for years, this amazing, six-acre historic site features a group of Hohokam structures dating to 1400...Read More

  • 15. Mystery Castle

    South Phoenix | House/Mansion/Villa

    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...Read More

  • 16. Papago Park

    Park/Playground

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

  • 17. Phoenix Art Museum

    Central Phoenix | Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 18. Phoenix Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

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

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  • 19. Pioneer Living History Museum

    Museum Village

    This museum contains 28 original and reconstructed buildings from throughout territorial Arizona. Costumed guides filter through the bank,...Read More

  • 20. Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

    Native American Site

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

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