Lives in Salt Lake City, Utah
Since Mar 2005
35-49 year old female
I am a freelance travel writer and author of the family travel blog, tipsforfamilytrips.com. With my husband and two children, I especially enjoy road trips, national parks and visiting the well-known and out-of-the-way attractions in our home state of Utah.
Arenas & Stadiums
Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Speciality Museums
Dams, Educational sites
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sports Camps & Clinics
The Arizona Science Center is an exciting hands-on museum for everyone in the family. You're likely to have so much fun, you won't realize how much you're learning about biology, physics, engineering, psychology, and more!
Open since 1959, the Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum in the southwestern U.S. It houses a good collection of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography, and fashion design.
Want to beat the Phoenix heat in a museum that young children are sure to love? Try the Children's Museum of Phoenix downtown. Many of the fun interactive exhibits encourage parents to play with their children, and if you have a baby or toddler, look out for the play spaces especially for them.
Chase Field is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the local MLB team. The field has a retractable roof and is air-conditioned, so you can see a game in comfort, despite Phoenix's hot summer temperatures.
Rustler's Rooste is a popular local steakhouse where the food isn't necessarily the main attraction. A live bull greets you from a pen near the front door, you can take the tin slide to your table, a live Western band plays nightly, and most tables have an outstanding view of the Phoenix skyline and Camelback Mountain.
Hikers and photographers love Camelback Mountain for its panoramic views of Phoenix and the Salt River Valley. The Cholla Trail to the top is popular, but is not for the faint of heart. You can enjoy views of Camelback Mountain from the bottom in many parts of Phoenix.
Shared by Phoenix and Tempe, this nature park is conveniently located minutes from downtown Phoenix and offers a variety of activities. Hike to Hole in the Rock, try mountain biking, play a round of golf, go fishing, or pay a visit to Hunt's Tomb or the Hall of Flame Fire Museum.
The Phoenix Zoo is a must-see for animal lovers and families. It features lots of African and tropical animals that love the warm weather, as well as a good collection of local desert species. It is located in Papago Park, near the Desert Botanical Garden.
Get to know the natural side of Phoenix at the Desert Botanical Garden, where more than 50,000 varieties of desert plants have been collected from all over the world. Learn about the plants, animals and people of the desert, and how they thrive with so little water.
The Normal Diner serves up inventive diner-style fare in a retro-chic setting. It's a good option for breakfast, especially if you are staying onsite at The Graduate.
You can see a game, visit a museum, attend a play or musical event, or just enjoy a walk around the large and vibrant campus of Arizona State University.
Adjacent to Arizona State University, Mill Avenue is lined with restaurants, shops, bars, and entertainment. If you're looking for a fun place to have lunch, dinner, or check out some of the local nightlife, this is it.
This no-frills zoo and aquarium is home to Arizona's largest collection of African, Australian, and other heat-loving animals. Look for an unusual number of albino animals and lots of colorful rescued macaws.
If you're visiting from early March to early April, be sure to add a Spring Training baseball game to your itinerary. Fifteen major-league teams play practice games at ten locations in and around Phoenix.
Red's Bar and Grill at The Wigwam is an excellent place to unwind and enjoy good food after a day of golf, tennis, touring, or just lounging by the pool.