Arizona Visitor's Guide - Fun Activities in Arizona 


Arizona Event Calendar

There are many tourist attractions in Arizona. Theatre, sports, enjoying the outdoors, festivals, attending special events...something for everyone!


Attractions by City


Chandler - Things To Do in Chandler, Arizona
There's a lot to see and do in Chandler, Arizona. Here are my top picks, and many of them are free.

Fountain Hills - Things To Do in Fountain Hills
A small, scenic desert community located east of Scottsdale. The town is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and there's plenty to do there.

Gilbert - Things To Do in Gilbert, Arizona
Gilbert, Arizona is one of the fastest growing communities in the country. Located in the East Valley, southeast of Phoenix, Gilbert continues to develop recreational opportunities.

Mesa - Things to Do in Mesa, Arizona
Mesa is the 3rd largest city in Arizona, and there is plenty to do there for both residents and visitors.

Glendale - Things To Do in Glendale, Arizona
Here are my top picks for places to visit in Glendale, which is located in the Northwest Valley.

Peoria - Things To Do In Peoria, Arizona
Peoria is the 9th largest city in Arizona, and there is plenty to do there for both residents and visitors.

Phoenix - Things to Do in Phoenix, Arizona
These are my favorite attractions in the City of Phoenix. And there are a bunch of them!

Scottsdale - Things To Do in Scottsdale, Arizona
The West's Most Western Town has music, art, sports activities, skating and lots more to see and do.

Surprise - Things To Do In Surprise, Arizona
You may be surprised at the growth that Surprise, Arizona has experienced. Check out all there is to do in this city just northwest of Phoenix.

Tempe - Things To Do In Tempe, Arizona
There's a lot to see and do in Tempe, Arizona. Here are my top picks, and many of them are free.


Amusement & Water Parks

Tempe Splash Playground
Tempe Splash Playground
©City of Tempe, used with permission

Splash Pads and Splash Playgrounds
Find splash pads and splash parks in various communities around the greater Phoenix area. Splash parks are usually free, and are great ways to cool off for the little ones that don't swim yet.

Train Rides For Kids
Looking for things to do with kids in the Phoenix area? We have several train rides that children will enjoy.

Amazing Jake's
This facility contains a full-scale pizza, pasta, soup, salad, and dessert bar, an interactive arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, rock climbing wall, indoor go-kart track, 12 lanes of bowling, and amusement rides.

Castles 'n Coasters
Mini golf, bumper boats, rides for the big kids, rides for the little kids and a video arcade. Located near Metrocenter in northwest Phoenix.

Cracker Jax
In North Scottsdale. A golf learning center, two miniature golf courses, an 18-hole professional putting course, a bumper boat lagoon with separate kiddie bumper boat pool, a Can-Am style go-kart track, a kiddie go-kart track and more.

Enchanted Island
"Home to the historic Encanto Carousel (built in 1948), C. P. Huntington train and ten other great rides geared to the younger child. Guests can also enjoy our games of skill, a mini arcade, playground action stations"

Batting cages, bumper boats, kiddie rides, mini-golf, driving range and laser tag. Locations in Tempe and Scottsdale.

A wave pool, water coaster, 3 miniature golf courses, arcade and more, located in Mesa. Opens in May.

Jungle Jim's Playland
An indoor amusement park, with a 'soft playground' for the younger kids.  This one's in Mesa.  There's also one in Northwest Phoenix.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Train rides throughout the park, historic exhibits, picnic and playground facilities.

Salt River Tubing
It isn't a water park, but it's a fun way to get wet! Beginning in May you can spend a relaxing day tubing down the Salt River in Mesa. Tube rentals and shuttle bus service available 7 days a week.


Casinos & Gambling

Unleash Yourself!

Apache Gold Casino
This casino is southeast of Phoenix, and offers slots, blackjack, keno and poker. Apache Gold Casino is most convenient to East Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Apache Junction.

Casino Arizona - Salt River
Salt River is located at the Loop 101 and McKellips, basicall South Scottsdale. This casino is most convenient to South Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa.

Casino Arizona - Talking Stick
Talking Stick in Scottsdale makes this a convenient stop for slots or poker. This Casino Arizona location is most convenient to Scottsdale, Tempe, and Central and North Phoenix.

Fort McDowell Casino
Fort McDowell Casino boasts the state's largest card room, including periodic tournaments and free instruction. Fort McDowell Casino is most convenient to Fountain Hills, Mesa, and Scottsdale.

Gila River Casino - Lone Butte
Gila River Casino's Lone Butte is located in Chandler, and is most convenient to Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee and West Mesa.

Gila River Casino - Vee Quiva
Gila River Casino's Vee Quiva is located in Laveen, southwest of Phoenix. Vee Quiva is most convenient to Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Glendale and West Phoenix.

Gila River Casino - Wild Horse Pass
Gila River Casino's Wild Horse Pass is located in Chandler just west of I-10 and is most convenient to the communities of Chandler, Ahwatukee, and Tempe.

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino
Located in Maricopa, this Harrah's property serves up standard gambling fare with 24-hour food and entertainment. Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino is closest to the communities of Chandler and Ahwatukee.

Phoenix Greyhound Park
In the center of Phoenix you'll find pari-mutuel wagering on live greyhound racing.

Turf Paradise
Live horse racing every Friday through Tuesday though May. Race calls on live race days can be heard at this site!



Gardens and Zoos


Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
"The arboretum is located at the base of the towering Picketpost Mountain. It brings together plants from the Earth's many and varied deserts and dry lands and displays them alongside unspoiled examples of the native Sonoran Desert vegetation."

Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona is a very unique and wonderful place. Enjoy and learn about the desert environment at the Desert Botanical Garden. Includes tips and directions.

Hassayampa River Preserve
Just northeast of Phoenix in Wickenburg you'll find a desert oasis complete with palm trees, a pond that is home to frogs and water fowl, and a mysterious river that rises from the depths of the desert sand.

Japanese Friendship Garden and Tea House
A Sister City project with Himeji, Japan and the Japanese Friendship Garden Committee and the City of Phoenix. Located in the Margaret T. Hance Park in Central Phoenix. Named a Phoenix Point of Pride in 2004.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Located in Campe Verde, within a 2 hour drive from most places in the Valley. "The Park's Serengeti is a large natural habitat, spanning over 40 acres, where giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and other animals of the African plains live as they do in nature."

Phoenix Zoo
Located in Papago Park in Phoenix, it's the main zoo in town, and they provide a natural environment for the animals (which sometimes makes them hard to see!)

Wildlife World Zoo
Take a photo tour of the Worldlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park. The Worldlife World Zoo is actually just west of Phoenix in a community called Litchfield Park. The Wildlife World Zoo boasts Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals. Most of them are from Africa--you'll find very few Arizona species at Wildlife World Zoo. What you will find is wild cats, monkeys, lots of exotic birds and more...


Golf & Courses

Picture of FBR Open in Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona Golf Association
The Arizona organization that 61,000 amateur members use to maintain their official handicaps, etc. Contacts for state golf officials and amateur tournaments are listed.

Arizona Women's Golf Association
Sponsors tournaments and supports junior golf activities.

FBR Open - PGA Golf
Formerly called the Phoenix Open. Find out about the event, the Thunderbirds, where to go and what to do to enjoy this wonderful PGA tournament.

FBR Open Photo Gallery
Enjoy these photos of the 2004 FBR Open held in Scottsdale.

FBR Open Tips and FAQ
Here are some tips for enjoying the FBR Open. The FBR Open is a professional golf tournament held in Scottsdale, Arizona.
If you have a USGA Handicap, you can look up your index through the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN).
Course reviews, photos, instruction and resort news are all available here. The golf course directory for the Phoenix area courses is alphabetical.
Get information about all the courses in Arizona--over 300 of them. Which ones are public, which ones are ranked, tees, fees, and more.

Phoenix Golf Expo
Get the details about the upcoming Phoenix Golf Expo. The Phoenix Golf Expo is held in conjunction with the Maricopa County Home Show.

Phoenix Golf Expo Photos
Photo gallery of the Phoenix Golf Expo, held semi-anually in central Phoenix.

Summer Golf Deals
Some of the best golf courses in Arizona are very reasonably priced in the summertime. If you are willing to sweat a little (or a lot) it won't cost you much to play some of the most popular courses in the state and even the country.

TPC of Scottsdale
There are two courses at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale. The Desert Course, and the Stadium Course. The Stadium Course is where the pros play the FBR Open (formerly known as the Phoenix Open).


Horseback Riding


Arizona Dressage Association
"The Arizona Dressage Association is a non-profit organization, whose goal is to promote the advancement of classical dressage through educational opportunities and programs and the rigorous evaluation received at recognized and schooling dressage shows."

Arizona Dude Ranch Association
"Our ranches, as diverse as our state, range from the more traditional smaller, rural ranches where riding and ranching are the primary focus, to our larger resort-style ranches with all the amenities."

D-Spur Ranch
Located east of Phoenix at Gold Canyon. D-Spur Ranch is a working cattle ranch. Trail rides, lessons, vacations, cookouts and more.

Flying E Dude Ranch
A dude ranch/resort a short way from Phoenix in Wickenburg.

Fort McDowell Adventures
"The largest horseback riding stables in the area including city slicker cattle drives, hayrides, and motor coach hold-ups."

Kay El Bar Historic Guest Ranch
This Wickenburg intimate retreat has room for only 24 guests. Take your entire family on a desert horseback adventure trip!

MacDonalds Ranch
A western adventure tour ranch located in North Scottsdale.  Oriented to parties, groups, conventions and meetings.

OK Corral, Inc.
Trail rides and steak frys in the Superstition Wilderness near Apache Junction (east of Phoenix).

Ponderosa Stables
At South Mountain Park. Trail rides, breakfast rides, cookout rides, hay wagon rides.

Twisted Tree Farm
A full service hunter/jumper equestrian training facility in North Scottsdale.

Windwalker Expeditions, Inc.
Half day or longer trail rides for the experienced rider. Located in Cave Creek.


Hot Air Ballooning


Arizona Balloon Club
Founded in 1974 as The Gila and Salt River Base and Meridian Hot Air Balloon and Airship Ascension Social Society, Inc. The Club is dedicated to perpetuating the sport of Hot Air Ballooning. It is made up mostly of sport balloonists and a few experienced gas balloonists as well as, several commercial balloonists.

Arizona Balloon Classic
Find out everything you need to know to enjoy a weekend at the Arizona Balloon Classic. The Arizona Balloon Festival is held in November in Chandler, Arizona.

Arizona Balloon Flights
A combination balloon adventure and Jeep tour may be just right for you!

Arizona Ballooning
Choose a morning flight at sunrise, or choose to charter a sunset flight (November through March). Each flight lasts an hour to an hour and a half.

Hot Air Expeditions
You can include a gourmet breakfast or sunset hors d'oeuvres with your trip. Launches from northeast Scottsdale.

Over The Rainbow Balloon Flights
This site provides a pretty good description of what to expect, from the time you call to check the weather until your flight is over and you are sipping your champagne.

Thunderbird Balloon and Air Classic - Thunderbird Hot Air Balloons
Each fall the skies fill with hot air balloons at the Thunderbird Balloon and Air Classic held in Glendale, Arizona. get all the details about the Thunderbird Balloon and Air Classic.

Unicorn Balloon Company
Hot air balloons depart daily from sites near Scottsdale and Carefree. Summer launches commence shortly after sunrise, departures during fall and winter are later. The duration of flights varies between 1 and 2 hours.


Lakes, Boating, Fishing, & Hunting



Hunting in Arizona - Arizona Hunting License
Ten things you need to know about hunting and hunting licenses in Arizona.

Apache Lake
In Tortilla Flat, AZ. "Apache Lake is 17 miles long and a spectacular site for boating, fishing, water skiing, hiking, camping, and all forms of outdoor recreation."

Arizona Yacht Club
"The Arizona Yacht Club is a racing, cruising, educational and social sailing club made up of more than 200 Arizona families. You don't have to own a boat. You don't even need sailing experience."

Bartlett Lake
Bartlett Lake is the closest lake to the Phoenix area on the Verde River. It is 22 miles east of Carefree.

Canyon Lake
Located just 16 miles northeast of Phoenix on SR 88 this is one of a series of lakes on the Salt River.

Dolly Steamboat
Enjoy a 90 minute narrated nature cruise on The Dolly Steamboat at Canyon Lake, 16 miles northeast of Apache Junction, AZ. along the historic Apache Trail.

Horseshoe Lake
The Horseshoe Recreation site is available for camping (14 units), camp trailers, picnicking, fishing and boating.

Lake Pleasant
Lake Pleasant is thirty miles north of Phoenix, within the city limits of Peoria. With 10,000 acres of water visitors can enjoy water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, or fishing.

Pleasant Harbor Marina
At Lake Pleasant. There are four public launch ramps with plenty of parking and lakeside camping areas.

Saguaro Lake
Saguaro del Norte Recreation site is near the dam and includes the Saguaro Lake Marina (which includes a restaurant and boat concession), a Maricopa County Sheriff's aid station, picnic tables, restrooms and boat ramps.

Tempe Town Lake
Manually-propelled watercraft, wind-driven watercraft with a maximum mast height of 30 feet from the water surface level, and watercraft equipped with a single electric motor are allowed.

Urban Fishing
Arizona Game and Fish tells us which species of fish are available in the waters of central Arizona.

Urban Lakes
Includes a map and list of local parks where fishing is allowed. From




Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Located north of Phoenix in Deer Valley. The Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site has over 1500 petroglyphs on nearly 600 boulders. Two-for-one discount coupons are often available for the Deer Valley Rock Art Center through the Entertainment Book. (Buy Direct)

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
See a photographic tour of the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting located in Phoenix, Arizona. Two-for-one discount coupons for the Hall of Flame are often available through the Entertainment Book. (Buy Direct)

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
A few miles northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona there is a living memorial to a great American architect: Taliesin West. Two-for-one discount coupons for guided tours of Taliesin West are often available through the Entertainment Book. (Buy Direct)

ASU Art Museum
Admission is free to this art museum on the Arizona State University campus. View samples of their collections at this site.

Arizona Military Museum
"The museum is an official activity of the Arizona National Guard operated by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, Inc. The purpose of the society is to collect, preserve and display the military history of Arizona."

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Located in downtown Phoenix. The collection contains over 670 specimens representing 128 species. Approximately 45 percent of the collection comes from Arizona.

Arizona Museum for Youth
Introduces children to the fine arts.  Lots of workshops and classes for children to participate in creating different types of artwork.

Arizona Railway Museum
"The Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Arizona's Railroading history." Located in Chandler.

Arizona Science Center
A fun and educational place for both adults and kids.  Lots of hands on experiences, a planetarium and more.

Arizona State Capitol Museum
State symbols, flags, restored art and other exhibits relative to the history of Arizona.

Arizona Wing Commemorative Air Force Museum
The Arizona Wing CAF Museum is located in Mesa, Arizona. The Arizona Wing is the home of Sentimental Journey, the most authentically restored B-17 Flying today. Warbirds from WWII through Vietnam are on display as well as memorabilia.

Challenger Space Center
The 41st facility in the country dedicated to the Challenger Space shuttle astronauts who perished in 1986, it is designed to encourage enthusiasm for space science. Half-price discount coupons for the Challenger Space center are often available through the Entertainment Book. (Buy Direct)

Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Western art, Hall of History, Native American art, minerals and gems. A day trip from Phoenix in Wickenburg, AZ.

Heard Museum
Native American history and cultures comprise most of the exhibits at this wonderful museum.  The largest collection of Kachina dolls, and hands-on exhibits for the kids make this a unique place. Two-for-one discount coupons for the Heard Museum are often available through the Entertainment Book. (Buy Direct)

Heard Museum North
Located in North Scottsdale at El Pedregal, it is the only expansion site of the main museum.  It features changing exhibits, seminars and a museum shop.

Penske Racing Museum
The Penske Racing Museum showcases vintage race cars, racing trophies, and various racing memorabilia. North Scottsdale.

Phoenix Art Museum
Newly renovated fine art museum attracting well known special collections. Two-for-one discount coupons for the Phoenix Art Museum are often available through the Entertainment Book. (Buy Direct)

Phoenix Family Museum
Hands-on exhibits relating to cultural diversity, the arts, the working world, and child development. Also provides parenting classes, cultural presentations, visual art workshops, and dance and theatre performances.

Phoenix Trolley Museum
The Phoenix Trolley project was started in 1975 with a group of individuals that purchased one of the last remaining bodies of an original Phoenix Streetcar. They have a Collection of 5 Streetcars in various stages of restoration.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
In addition to art exhibits they also sponsor tours, lectures, classes and workshops.

Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American & Native Art
Bashas', the grocery people, have an art museum at their corporate headquarters in Chandler. Includes over 600 pieces of art. Open Monday through Friday only.


Night Clubs & Night Life


Wines - Wine Tasting - Wine Bars
Looking for a nice bottle of wine? Here are some great places in the Phoenix area where you can taste wines, and then pick up a few bottles to take home.

Axis Radius
Axis/Radius--as the name implies--is two nightclubs in one. Axis is comfortable and stylish with a cigar bar, while Radius is glassy, glitzy, and techno. Everyone who's anyone has stopped into Axis/Radius, including celebrities, famous athletes, and other rich and famous folks. Underwent a renovation in 2006.

Myst is in downtown Scottsdale, and has a style for everyone. Outdoor mingling? Sunken lounges? Dancing to disco and rock and the four bars are the main attraction here. The rich and famous spend their evenings upstairs at Myst.

Anderson's Fifth Estate
Anderson's Fifth Estate has been around longer than most clubs in the Valley--more than 20 years. Not quite as pretentious as some other clubs, but you'll still be able to see a famous person now and then. The Gin Blossoms played here before they became international stars.

Rhythm Room
The Rhythm Room is a rhythm and blues club that has made its home in Phoenix for over a decade and is a "Best of Phoenix" winner.

Martini Ranch
Martini ranch is two clubs in one, and a venue for live concerts too. Whether you prefer Top 40, hits of the 80s, or techno, you'll find a spot at Martini Ranch that suits your style.

Q Lounge
Q Lounge is adjacent to Bobby Q's, a barbecue restaurant that took over the space that was occupied by Bobby McGees for many years. Diners at Bobby Q's can go next door to the Q Lounge. This night club has the standard array of beautiful people, but there are also dress down hours, games and contests, and munchies. If Scottsdale's too far or too foo-foo, Bobby Q's is near Metrocenter.

Tempe Improv
Another Arizona staple that has been around for decades.  The greatest comedy club in the area.

Rockin' Rodeo
Graham Central Station in Tempe is 4 clubs in one, but I spotlight Rockin' Rodeo on this list, because there aren't as many country dance clubs in the area as one might expect. This one's got a big dance floor. Check the event calendar for line dancing lessons.


Tours & Tour Operators


Scottsdale Trolley Tour
You can take a guided trolley tour of downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. The Scottsdale Trolley Tour introduces you to downtown Scottsdale districts, history and trivia.

Arizona Outdoor Fun
Take an ATV or 4x4 into the Arizona desert for a fun, offroad adventure. Arizona Outdoor Fun gives guided and unguided tours with ATVs and Rhinos.

Apache Trail Tours
Take a desert tour, tour the Apache Trail, take a private boat cruise or take a guided hike into the Superstition Mountains.

AZ Hummer Adventure Tours
Since 1978, experienced guides have provided tours to a variety of sites in the Phoenix and Sedona areas.

Arizona Desert Mountain Jeep Tours
"Climb aboard our rugged 4-wheel, open-air jeeps for the western experience of a lifetime."

Arizona Ground Tours
A listing of companies providing ground tours from the Phoenix area. From

Arizona River Runners
Provides three to eight day Grand canyon tours from Phoenix.

Arrowhead Desert Tours
"Tours include: cowboy cookouts, horse trail rides, gold panning, corporate team building, rafting and jeep rallies."

Ascend Guide Service
" canyoneers, mountain bikers, canoeists, backpackers, cavers, and skiers who contribute to Ascend's virtually limitless reservoir of technical expertise and areal knowledge of Arizona. Our guide service also has a fleet of air-conditioned 4 x 4 vehicles, the latest equipment, and permits to some of the most spectacular canyons, rivers, and caves in Arizona."

Desert Storm Hummer Tours
"Desert adventures begin in Scottsdale and travel into the Tonto Forest. The Hummer climbs the desert canyons to 3,500 feet, where temperatures and wildlife change dramatically."

DETOURS of Arizona
Day tours and multi-day tours to some of the most popular destinations in AZ, or create your own tour. Each van has 10 leather captain’s chairs, and dirt road abilities.

Elderhostel at NAU
Northern Arizona University Elderhostel offers educational travel adventures highlighting the beautiful land, history, culture, and people of Northern Arizona and the Southwest. Several programs start in Phoenix.

Gray Line Tours
Phoenix departures include the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Nogales, Dolly's Steamboat and Tortilla Flats, and two Phoenix city tours.

Hook Up Outfitters & Guide Service
Offers guided fly fishing tours for Rainbow, Brown, and Apache trout to the gorgeous lakes and streams of Sedona, the Mogollan Rim, and the White Mountains.

Guided motorcycle tours, motorcycle rentals, self-guided tours. Specializing in touring, adventure-touring and sport-touring and offering BMW and Ducati motorcycles. Family owned and operated.

Mild to Wild
Rafting trips on the Verde River in Central Arizona.

Open Road Tours
"Open Road Tours offers custom vacation packages throughout the stunning Southwest United States including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Four Corners and Grand Canyon."

Silver Spur Tours
Silver Spur's all-day tours are limited to a maximum of eight guests that will enjoy sightseeing from the luxury of Mercedes built touring vans. Sedona and Grand Canyon.

Southwest Custom Tours
Several tours leave from Phoenix/Scottsdale: Grand Canyon, Sedona, Mexico, Apache Trail, city tour.

Westwind Air Service
Providing scenic air tours to the Grand Canyon (south and west rims), Monument Valley and Sedona for over twenty years.


Day Trip Info


 Grand Canyon

One of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Grand Canyon offers spectacular vistas of canyon walls that have been sculpted from the earth over the millennia by the mighty Colorado River. The shifting sun creates a palette of constantly changing colors, from deep russet to pale pink, from washed granite to golden brown. The South Rim is open year-round. Experience it through nature walks and mule rides into the Canyon, or by driving around its scenic edge. The North Rim is open from mid-May through October, depending on weather conditions, and lodging is available.

The Grand Canyon is a five-hour drive from Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north from Phoenix to Flagstaff. From Flagstaff take Route 180 northwest to the Canyon.


 Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon

The cultural community of Sedona is a mecca for art lovers and collectors. Surrounded by the towering red sandstone cliffs of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona’s deep red-rock buttes provide a beautiful backdrop to boutiques and art galleries selling authentic Native American and Southwestern arts and crafts.

Visit Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tah-la-key-pock-ee), a shopping village named after a small Mexican town that was once that country’s leading producer of crafts and glassware.

While in Sedona, explore the area via an airplane or helicopter tour, a hot-air balloon ride or a jeep tour.

Sedona is a 2-hour drive from Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north from Phoenix to Junction 179. Exit for Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon and enjoy the pure, breathtaking beauty of the Oak Creek Canyon area.



Prescott, founded after the discovery of gold in 1863, was the first permanent capital of the Arizona Territory. While in Prescott, stop at the Sharlot Hall Museum complex. See the first territorial governor’s mansion, the historic 1857 John C. Fremont House and the restored 100-year-old Bashford House.

Another point of interest is the charming town square, home of the Yavapai County Courthouse. The blocks surrounding the town square are filled with antique shops, restaurants and hotels. But, the most famous section of the square is Whiskey Row, located on Montezuma Street. Whiskey Row got its nickname during the mining days when nothing but saloons occupied the street.


The fastest route to Prescott from Phoenix is north on the Black Canyon Freeway (Interstate 17) to Cordes Junction, then northwest on State Route 69. Prescott is approximately a two-hour drive from Phoenix.



Home of Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff is located 146 miles north of Phoenix on Interstate 17. A visit to the Lowell Observatory atop Mars Hill, where the planet Pluto was discovered in 1930, is recommended. The Museum of Northern Arizona features an extensive exhibit of Native American art. Snow skiers will find some of the best conditions in the country at Arizona Snowbowl, located in the majestic San Francisco Peaks. Flagstaff is just 2 ½ hours from Phoenix.




 White Mountains

Day TripArizona’s White Mountains, located in the eastern part of the state, offer a variety of attractions in a climate 30 degrees cooler than Phoenix. With an elevation of 9,000 feet, summer activities include golfing, camping, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and just relaxing.

In winter, the White Mountains become just that — white. Sunrise Ski Resort offers outstanding ski runs and other winter sports opportunities, including snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross country skiing. Much of the White Mountains area is on Native American land, including the Hon-Dah Casino. Rodeos, cultural festivals and parades are common events in the White Mountains region.  The White Mountains area is a four-hour drive from Phoenix with a wide range of accommodations available.


 Apache Trail

This world-famous trail was used by Apache Indians as a short-cut through the mountains to reach early Salt River settlers. The trail twists through the back of the Superstition Mountains from Apache Junction to Roosevelt Lake and the town of Globe.

The majority of the trail is unpaved but can be easily driven by most vehicles. The trail features volcanic debris, cliff-sided canyons, sparkling lakes, towering saguaro cacti and a vast array of wildflowers. The mountains are generally uninhabited, so take along plenty of water.

The ghost town of Goldfield, the Old Western town of Tortilla Flat (population 6), the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum, Tonto National Monument and Weavers Needle Lookout are a few interesting points along the trail. Other scenic stops include The Lost Dutchman State Park (perhaps you can find the legendary lost gold mine) and Roosevelt Dam.

The Apache Trail is a four-hour round trip from Phoenix. Directions: Leave Phoenix via U.S. 60 east to the Apache Trail. Turn left on Arizona Highway 88 to the Apache Trail. After passing Roosevelt Dam and Tonto National Monument, make the return loop to Phoenix via U.S. 60.


 Mogollon Rim

This magnificent geological fault, named after Jean Ignacio Flores Mogollon, governor of Mexico (1712-1715), is referred to locally as the “rim.” The dramatic face of the rim is a multi-colored wall of rock, dotted by pine, manzanita and shrub oak. This giant wall of rock jutted upward a mile above sea level when the earth’s surface shifted thousands of years ago. The rim was made famous by author Zane Grey who hunted and fished in this beautiful area. It served as inspiration for many of his novels.

From Phoenix the rim is a two-hour drive. Take Highway 87 northeast of Phoenix to Payson. Just beyond Payson, turn right on Highway 260. Continue 31 miles past Tonto Creek (a great place to picnic) to the Woods Canyon Lake exit. Turn left at the sign and you’ll be on the Old Rim Road. The road becomes an unpaved forest highway and frequently winds within a few feet of the fault line, providing a breathtaking view of the rim.


 Lake Powell

Located 282 miles from Phoenix (about a five-hour drive) is Lake Powell. While a bit farther from Phoenix than some destinations, the drive to Lake Powell is well worth the time.

The lake is 186 miles long and claims 1,960 miles of shoreline, more than the entire Pacific Coast of the United States. The lake is held back by Glen Canyon Dam, which has enough concrete to build a four-lane highway from Phoenix to Chicago.

Water sports of all kinds are popular on the lake — fishing, water skiing, boating, swimming, etc. Although Wahweap Lodge and Marina provide outstanding accommodations with spectacular lake views, adventurous types may opt for a houseboat rental. Houseboats range from 36-foot vessels with basic amenities to 56-foot crafts with everything you’d find at a resort hotel. Lake Powell is one of the most-popular attractions in the National Park Service system, attracting 3.5 million visitors a year.


 Montezuma Castle and Well

This impressive ancient Native American cliff dwelling is nestled high above Beaver Creek and is more than six centuries old. The Aztec emperor, Montezuma, for whom the castle is named, never saw the famous structure.

The Sinaguas, Pueblo Indians who moved into Greater Phoenix during the 12th century, built the dwelling from limestone and adobe. When white settlers saw it years later, they concluded only Aztecs could have designed the castle and named it accordingly. The structure was built on a steep cliff to protect the Native Americans’ property rights.

About seven miles northeast of the castle on the Park Service Road is Montezuma Well, a limestone sink hole with a natural spring used by Native Americans for irrigation. The well still provides nearby Beaver Creek with a daily water supply of more than a million gallons. The well is 55 feet deep and 470 feet wide.

From the parking lot at the well, follow the trail to the surrounding plateaus – the result of volcanic lava flows. To get to Montezuma Castle, take Interstate 17 north to the Montezuma Castle turnoff just past Verde Valley. This is a three-hour round-trip.



Just 111 miles south of Phoenix, amid rolling foothill terrain, is Tucson, affectionately known as the “Old Pueblo.” Where Pima Indians, Spanish conquistadors and adventurous Mexican settlers once lived, stands a culturally rich city that celebrates its past with colorful festivals and fiestas.

Among the intriguing excursions enticing visitors are a drive to Sabino Canyon and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. South of Tucson is the San Xavier del Bac Mission, the “White Dove of the Desert.” Built almost 300 years ago by Spanish missionaries, the statuesque white church is still used as a spiritual center for the Papago Indians. Visitors are welcome to explore this remarkable blend of architectural styles that is considered one of the finest Spanish colonial structures in the United States. Tucson is two hours south of Phoenix on Interstate 10.



Other Event Calendars


Concerts and Broadway Shows in Phoenix - April Concert Listing
Here are some listings of the hottest shows and concerts playing in the greater Phoenix area.

Concerts and Broadway Shows in Phoenix - May Concert Listing
Here are some listings of the hottest shows and concerts playing in the greater Phoenix area.

Concerts and Broadway Shows in Phoenix - June Concert Listing
Here are some listings of the hottest shows and concerts playing in the greater Phoenix area.

Concerts and Broadway Shows in Phoenix - July Concert Listing
Here are some listings of the hottest shows and concerts playing in the greater Phoenix area.

Concerts and Broadway Shows in Phoenix - August Concert Listing
Here are some listings of the hottest shows and concerts playing in the greater Phoenix area.

Concerts and Broadway Shows in Phoenix - September Concert Listing
Here are some listings of the hottest shows and concerts playing in the greater Phoenix area.

Concerts and Broadway Shows in Phoenix - October Concert Listing
Here are some listings of the hottest shows and concerts playing in the greater Phoenix area.

Concerts and Broadway Shows in Phoenix - November Concert Listing
Here are some listings of the hottest shows and concerts playing in the greater Phoenix area.

Concerts and Broadway Shows in Phoenix - December Concert Listing
Here are some listings of the hottest shows and concerts playing in the greater Phoenix area.

Phoenix Event Calendar - January
These are the January events and festivals that you can count on every year in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Event Calendar - February
These are the February events and festivals that you can count on every year in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Event Calendar - March
These are the March events and festivals that you can count on every year in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Event Calendar - April
These are the April events and festivals that you can count on every year in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Event Calendar - May
These are the May events and festivals that you can count on every year in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Event Calendar - June
These are the June events and festivals that you can count on every year.

Phoenix Event Calendar - July
Summertime is a bit slow in the Valley of the Sun, but there are still things to do in July.

Phoenix Event Calendar - August
Your resource for all the annual festivals and events held during the year in the Phoenix area. Includes event calendars by month for activities in Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Peoria, Glendale and other area communities.

Phoenix Event Calendar - September
These are the September events and festivals that you can count on every year in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Event Calendar - October
These are the October events and festivals that you can count on every year in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Event Calendar - November
These are the November events and festivals that you can count on every year in the Phoenix area.

Phoenix Event Calendar - December
These are the December events and festivals that you can count on every year in the Phoenix area.

Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction
Scottsdale is the place for this well-known vintage car auction each January.

Firebird International Raceway
Drag racing, boat racing and the Bondurant Racing School events. offers a calendar of participatory events for Arizona athletes. Running, Walking, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Swimming, and In-Line Skating.

Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Concerts, lectures, workshops and fairs are all part of the Scottsdale scene.

Wickenburg Gold Rush Days
Enjoy the multitude of activities ranging from a shoot-out on Frontier Street, a rodeo, parade, arts and crafts booths and, of course, food. February.



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