Collected by Carol Abrams
37615 E US Highway #60, Superior, AZ 85173, USA
An hour east of Phoenix, or just 90 minutes north of Tucson, is the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Arizona's oldest and largest botanical garden. No matter which city you might be visiting, this desert oasis is one of the best day-trips you can take....
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
This place always has a wait (though reservations are available for a party of six or more). Thankfully, the bar across the street makes waiting a little easier, and when you taste the pizza, you'll know why Pizzeria Bianco has...
6820 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, USA
Outside Scottsdale, the little Western town of Cave Creek is full of kitsch. One shop in particular stands out. The Town Dump is a sprawling indoor/outdoor store devoted to eclectic curios of every kind. From antlers and Mexican glass to beads and...
5700 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
When your travels bring you to Scottsdale there is no other place to stay than Sanctuary. The name sums it up best. Located on Camelback Mountain yet right in the heart of Scottsdale, you'll be hard pressed to leave your bungalow. Don't miss...
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...
4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
We've traveled near and far and been to plenty of museums. Nothing compares the Music Instrument Museum. There are instruments displayed from every country in the world. Next to the instrument is a flat screen tv showing a 30 second clip of locals...
Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
On an otherwise nondescript downtown wall behind a light rail transit stop, a line-up of bolas make for some unlikely art in Phoenix. Artist Michael Maglich has interpreted Arizona's official neckwear, the bola tie, in a row of a few dozen...
6166 N Scottsdale Rd #601, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
Tacos. Traditionally Mexican. These days, however, tacos are taking on some new personalities. Though some of the most memorable flavors I've ever had on a corn tortilla are still traditional, (pickled onions, please) there are a few new taco...
18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
Located just outside Phoenix and Scottsdale is this amazing landscape that represents far more than just a barren desert, and offers plenty of hiking trails for families. Take a few hours to see this incredible living wilderness. There are...
Scottsdale Vista Estates, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, USA
In downtown Scottsdale, Arizona, there's a new taco place called Barrio Queen Tequileria. They serve more than 50 kinds of tacos, and I wish I could have tried them all. I lingered there yesterday, and enjoyed a long lunch of shrimp and carnitas...
6335 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
I've been going to Richardson's as my favorite neighborhood local since they opened over 20 years ago. Great southwestern food, seafood and margaritas. They opened a sister restaurant a few blocks away called Rokerij a few years ago. It was really...
7299 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
This is my favourite Japanese restaurant EVER, having that oh-so-desirable combination of amazing food and drinks, warm atmosphere & incredible (daily) happy hour specials. What makes this happy hour unmissable? $5 blood orange margaritas and...
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