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4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
Don a headset, approach an exhibit, and wirelessly listen to African thumb piano or Mongolian throat singing at the vast Musical Instrument Museum. Besides browsing some 15,000 artifacts that represent different musical genres, visitors can catch...
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Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
With two hiking trails ascending 1,280 feet to its peak, Camelback Mountain is a great option for nature-fiends who like a challenge. Both the Echo Canyon and Cholla trails exceed a mile in length and are accented with steep grades. Average hiking...
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4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
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Located in a former orange grove, LGO is a neighborhood gem of a grocery store, café, pizzeria, wine shop, music store, and more. Parking is limited, so be patient or go by bike. If you come for lunch, try the Rocket Man pizza, topped with Fresno...
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3930 E Camelback Rd #204, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
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The Bistro is adjacent to Vincent's well regarded fine dining restaurant. The Bistro is both indoors and outdoors and has excellent casual dining for a bargain price. This wonderful little spot is for locals, and the Bistro is hidden from the...
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2421 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020, USA
Hiking or biking this area gives you the feel of being way outside Phoenix, even though it is 8 minutes from the Arizona Biltmore Resort. In effect, you are climbing the north side of Squaw/Piestewa Peak, and the views are more of nature than of...
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Phoenix, AZ, USA
Mountain-climbing is not the easiest thing in the world, but is a free form of exercise that can reward you with incredible views and a wonderful sense of awe that can last for days.
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1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, USA
Gertrude's Restaurant at the Desert Botanical Garden is a destination in itself. Chef Matt Taylor is making wonderful food in a special setting. You can come to the Desert Botanical Garden and get directly into Gertrude's named for the lady who...
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3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
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You will want reservations to get into this place. The Mission Restaurant and Lounge serves modern Latin cuisine in a fantastic bar restaurant with a wonderful outdoor back patio (seen here). The chef is Matthew Carter, also known for the House...
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6936 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
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If you like Zinc Bistro, the House has the same great chef, Matt Carter. This has terrific drinks and food, but the ambiance just can't be captured in a photo. Ask manager Tony for the cider shandy. Opened in late 2012, the restaurant inside is...
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5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
The Hermosa Inn, first opened in 1936, has the kind of history that a cowboy keeps under his hat. With 43 rooms and casitas spread across six acres of Arizona desert in the upscale Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley, the inn was originally the home...
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5802 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
Arizona falls is a large man made water feature as part of the Salt River Project irrigation canal running for over 65 miles through the Phoenix area. Artistically constructed, it is not only refreshing to see, it is refreshing to be near as the...
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7114 E Stetson Dr Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
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Silvana Salcido Esparza's food is exactly what it says in street lingo on Barrio Queen's T-shirts: A TODA MADRE—"totally awesome." This is Northern Mexican Cuisine but in a casual cafe setting. Esparza's more formal Barrio on 16th St. has this...
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5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
LON’s at The Hermosa Inn is our favorite in the Scottsdale area because the outdoor patio dining has a genuine vintage Southwestern feel. The indoor dining experience is superb, but for the ultimate romantic atmosphere try to reserve a spot on the...
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7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
The museum's collection and calendar of exhibits is a little more daring than you might imagine, but the permanent installation of James Turrell's Knight Rise presents visitors with the biggest art jolt of all. The work, open to the public for...
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5700 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
Jade Bar regularly tops the local “Best Of” lists for places to drink. It’s a modern, cocktail-focused bar with sips like the Old Fashioned Whiskey, bourbon, simple syrup, bitters and citrus oils, and the Honeydew Liverthump made from gin, fresh...
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6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
I am obsessed with the hit series Mad Men and the Hotel Valley Ho, located in downtown Scottsdale, is one of my favorite hotels to stay at because it feels like you get transported into another time. Every time I stay there I end up never wanting...
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3602 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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True Mexican cuisine in Phoenix. This is not Southwestern. Transport yourself to Mexico City. I've been going here for 25 years. This is not for tourists. It is for in the know locals. Nice music on the weekends. Ask for the specials, as they are...