Phoenix has transformed from a cattle town of 65,000 people in 1950 to a desert metropolis of 1.6 million. Explosive growth is a dominant feature of the city. People are moving to town from across the country. Downtown has sprouted a top-notch food-and-beverage scene anchored by flour-tortilla-and-steak-heavy Sonoran Mexican cuisine. Street art from Latino/a and Indigenous painters covers more and more facades every day. Despite the rapid change, many of the city’s core attractions remain the same. Against the odds and from the Salt and Gila rivers in a desert basin—one so hot it can ground jets in the summer—Phoenix arose. And it’s still rising today.
Plan Your Phoenix Trip
- $$ | 2400 E Missouri Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85016Readers Choice Awards
- $$ | 6114 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85253Readers Choice Awards
- Scottsdale, ArizonaReaders Choice Awards
- $$ | 7575 E Princess Dr., Scottsdale, Arizona 85255Readers Choice Awards
- $$$ | 6000 East Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85251Readers Choice Awards
- $ | 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, Arizona 85251Readers Choice Awards
- Phoenix, Arizona
- $ | 11111 N 7th St., Phoenix, Arizona 85020
- $$ | 7500 E Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
- 4725 E Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, Arizona 85050Read full reviewPlenty of rooms for kids, displays instruments actually played by artists like Johnny Cash, and hosted concerts.
- 2301 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85004Read full reviewAn hour for a whirlwind visit, two to four if you want to digest everything and let this Indigenous art museum change you.
- 10919 S Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85042Read full reviewIn a famously sprawling city, Phoenix's 16,000 acres of South Mountain Park allow people to disappear into the natural world
- 1201 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85008Read full reviewThe Sonoran Desert is often called the world’s most vibrant desert, and this garden’s 140 acres of wondrous plants show why.
- 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85004Read full reviewThis low-slung underground hall packs 250 people, mostly in standing room, for bands that tend to be local standouts.