OK I can already guess; you are probably wondering how in the world can this be No. 1 on the list. You are probably saying the last place you’d expect to see a beautiful floral garden is in the middle of the desert, yet here it is. The Desert Botanical Garden, located in Scottsdale, is home to thousands of plants, including the most beautiful species of cacti, trees, and flowers from around the world.
Along with viewing some of the most beautiful plants in the world, the garden hosts a large number of events throughout the year, from detailed tours to outdoor concerts and festivals.
Nothing says ringing in the new year and enjoying the end of the holiday season like taking in one of America’s favorite pastimes. This year’s installment of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl includes the high powered match-up of the Penn State Nittany Lions versus the Washington Huskies.
Penn State is led by one of the most dominating players in the country in Saquon Barkley. The Huskies on the other hand are led quarterback Jake Browning and one of the most well-rounded defensives in the NCAA. With star studded rosters like that, the biggest bowl game in the desert is sure not lack excitement this year.
Featured in the Fifth Avenue Art District, Old Town Scottsdale features everything one needs for a great day or night on the town. This destination features multiple art venues, one of a kind eateries and local shops.
A prime golfing destination in the continental United States, Phoenix has emerged as a popular golfing destination in both the summer and winter months. The greater Arizona area is home to hundreds of golf courses but one rises above the rest. TPC Scottsdale offers two legendary courses, both of which are open to the public. The resort is consistently named one of the best courses in the country and was named one of the “Top 50 Golf Resort Destinations in the World” by Golfweek.
If you consider yourself more the outdoors type, then Camelback Mountain could be the place for you.
Put on your hiking shoes, grab a bottle of water, and enjoy the beautiful Arizona scenery. Overlooking the city of Phoenix, Camelback is one of the most popular hiking spots in the state of Arizona featuring two trails. Hikers can enjoy either the Cholla and Echo Canyon trails, rising over 1,200 feet above the city at its summit.
Looking for an awesome time with the family or friends outside, enjoying the great Arizona weather? Look no further than the Phoenix Zoo. Spanning over 125 acres of land, the zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals, including tigers, elephants, giraffes and many more. There fun for all ages including safari tours, animal encounters and a petting zoo.
Displaying the largest collection of contemporary and world famous artworks in the southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum is a must for anyone visiting the metro area. The museum features beautiful and compelling galleries from six continents, with both permanent and visiting exhibits.
The Suns currently have one of the youngest rosters in the NBA led by one of the most exciting offensive players in the league in Devin Booker, which is only one of the many reasons to take a game in at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field is one of the best destination and venues in major league baseball, even for the casual fan. Usually higher on the list, Chase field falls to ninth on the list during the offseason without games being played (But don’t let that get you down!). The stadium is still a must see while in Arizona. Tours are available Monday through Saturday and when you are done enjoy a bite to eat and a drink at the stadium beer garden and pool.
Dive in and discover the traditions and history of the native indigenous people of the southwest. Each and every day the Heard Museum introduces tourists and locals alike to the rich culture of over 20 Native Americans tribes through art, historical artifacts, and interactive shows.
Devin LawrenceWilber is a junior at Oklahoma State University studying strategic communications and sports media and a member of the 2017 Arizona National Livestock Show Digital Media Internship team.