A Guide to Phoenix
Phoenix with its cultural mix, delicious food, and easy escapes into the great outdoors guides you through some of the best of the Southwest. Start your visit with a few local favorites, then head to The Phoenix Art Museum— a local gem full of standards and traveling exhibits. When the weather is right, spend an afternoon strolling the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, to take in the wonder Phoenix's desert landscape. Phoenix really does have it all, and here's a guide to help.

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Put Down Your Taco and Hike

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One of my favourite things about Phoenix is the mountains that pop up out of nothing. Well, not nothing, really, but out of expanses of sand or suburbia. They grab your attention, and suggest that hey, maybe this isn't a sprawling city after all. Maybe this is still the 'Wild West.'

South Mountain is one of those natural phenomena, and, in fact, is one of the mountains that defines Phoenix. Houses sidle up to it from the north and south sides, but in between the mountain is blissfully, uncharacteristically undeveloped. Full of steep as well as flat hiking trails, a viewpoint on top (that you can drive to, if need be), and more saguaro cacti than burrito smears on your shirt, South Mountain is a natural, desert gem.

Not to be missed in the cooler times of year.

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