Best things to do in Phoenix if you’ve never been here before


Summer is typically the off-peak season in the Phoenix subway, but it’s not a typical year. People are feeling freer to travel as the pandemic recedes, and the Phoenix Suns are playing their first NBA Finals since 1993.

It means a lot of people are out there. If you’ve come to the Valley of the Sun to watch the games, treat yourself to a stay at a nice resort, or use Phoenix as a jumping off point for adventures in Arizona, you might be wondering what’s in store for you. first time. time visitor to do here.

There are so many options that it can be difficult to choose. We are here to help you. Here’s a look at the best restaurants, bars, day trips, hikes, and public art in the Phoenix Metro.

Best restaurants and bars in the Phoenix metro

If this is your first time in Phoenix, here are five restaurants that are absolutely worth a visit.

Pizza fans will be very happy with one or both (or both!) Classic Phoenix Pizzerias.

The Sonoran hot dog – wrapped in bacon and topped with beans, onions and salsa – is an Arizona classic. Try this Sonora dog for yourself and decide if it’s worth $ 18.

Need a drink to cool off from the heat? Or maybe a libation to celebrate the Suns’ participation in the NBA Finals? There are seven new bars in downtown Phoenix to check out. Some are right next to the Phoenix Suns arena.

When it’s not that hot here, which is most of the year, people like to sit in an outdoor bar and relax. Here is a guide to best terrace bars in the Phoenix subway.

Where to hike the Phoenix subway

While Phoenix’s summer temperatures are firmly in the triple digits, that doesn’t necessarily rule out hiking as an activity. You just have to be very smart and sure about it, and start really early. Here is a guide for popular hikes that can be completed before it gets really hot.

For inspiration from hiking across the Valley of the Sun, explore this guide to find out hikes for all levels and interests, from super difficult to barrier-free.

And if you’re in the mood for a smooth ride, try one of these easy day hikes in the Phoenix subway.

Art, murals and public gardens

La Vallée du Soleil has a solid range of public art. To see the best, take a self-guided tour of public art in phoenix and public art in Scottsdale. Tip: Don’t miss the iconic “Love” sculpture in Scottsdale and “Her Secret Is Patience” in downtown Phoenix.

The mural scene is equally hot here, with talented artists painting on concrete canvases in towns across Maricopa County. Here is a summary of some of the best murals in the Phoenix subway. This downtown phoenix mural represents the original people who lived here. And this mural series will represent Latin and indigenous artists throughout 2021.

If being outdoors is more your style, explore the diversity of plant life at these Phoenix area botanical gardens.

Get a hotel day pass, sit by the pool

You don’t need to have a bedroom to enjoy the amenities of the Phoenix and Scottsdale resorts. You can buy a day pass or rent a cabin at popular hotels including Arizona Grand, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and the Westin Kierland.

Explore a farmers market

Producers in the Phoenix metro area and across Arizona bring their crops to farmers’ markets across town. You can also support local manufacturers of jewelry, crafts, candy, international food and more. Here is a summary of 15 farmers markets in and around Phoenix.

Easy day trips from Phoenix

Want to escape the city? These easy day trips from Phoenix offer history, scenic drives, and the chance to get out into nature.

Tortilla Flat is a former stagecoach stop on the Apache Trail in the Superstition Wilderness east of Phoenix. Visitors flock here for a meal, souvenirs and an authentic taste of the Old West. Our guide has directions and the best things to do in Tortilla Flat.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, south of Phoenix, protects the largest surviving building of the ancient Hohokam culture. The “Big House” is said to have been built in the 1300s. Visitors can also explore a museum and see other structures on the site. Want more ideas? Here are easier road trips from Phoenix.

When the weather is warm, locals head to the Salt River for a day on the water. Salt river piping offers tube rentals and a shuttle service. Here are more ways to beat the heat of a summer in Phoenix.

You can contact Shanti Lerner, Republic of Arizona Culture and Outdoors reporter by email at [email protected] or you can also follow her on Twitter.

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