Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona, and has a central location in the state, so it is a great base for a state road trip, or for anyone hoping to experience some of the culture and history of Arizona. Despite what it has to offer, Phoenix is not one of the United States’ famous urban destinations, so you might wonder what visitors to this desert city should do. If you like art, nature, and delicious food you won’t be bored, that’s for sure, and we are here to point you in the right direction when it comes to attractions and restaurants in Phoenix.

Since we both grew up in Phoenix will be building a comprehensive list of our favorite restaurants, attractions, and hikes in the Phoenix area over the next few years. But before you delve into the nitty-gritty of Nightborn’s suggestions and reviews, check out our quick-and-dirty guide to the Phoenix area.


Chai Tea Adventures: Exploring the Coffee Shops of Phoenix


The Phoenix Art Museum

The Desert Botanical Gardens
The Lower Salt River


In the City:

Shadow Mountain and Lookout Mountain

City Outskirts:

Boulder Canyon Trail


The Aloha Festival
Fountain Hill’s Chinese Lantern Festival
Matsuri: The Arizona Festival of Japan