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Hole in the Rock

Less really is more at this Phoenix landmark

To experience grandeur in Arizona, nothing beats the Grand Canyon. Likewise, Sedona has the market cornered on desert beauty. But for an outdoor adventure closer to home, the Phoenix area has some special spots of its...
Vermilion Cliffs

5 Arizona natural wonders that aren’t the Grand Canyon

Don't get us wrong; the Grand Canyon easily deserves its place as one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. But its popularity does make Arizona sound like a bit of a one-hit wonder....
Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Back to Nature at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Get in touch with nature and spend a day at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. About an hour’s drive east of Phoenix, this desert-set forest of flora and fauna calls itself a “320 acre classroom” -...
Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterflies in the desert might seem like a strange idea — although they do exist here naturally during certain seasons — but few people realize that the Valley of the Sun boasts the largest indoor...
Ro Ho En is beautiful even when the temps are soaring in summer.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Step into a slice of Japan at this exquisitely maintained 3.5-acre garden. It was built in the '90s and early 2000s as a representation of the link between Phoenix and its Sister City of...
Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

It can take a little while, but eventually the beauty of the desert reveals itself, from its rare but brilliant flowers and unique plant to its interesting wildlife, colorful rocks and spectacular sunsets. If you...
Arizona Mills, Tempe

Arizona Mills: LegoLand Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium and more

The Arizona Mills mall in Tempe isn't the largest mall in the Valley by a long shot, but it contains a whopping four family-fun activities. First up, you definitely want to pay a visit to...
Schenpf Farms

Schnepf Farms

Phoenix might reside in a desert, but it still plays host to a number of farms and other agricultural ventures, including the well-known Schnepf Farms. Situated in Queen Creek — owner Mark Schnepf was...
Japanese Friendship Garden

Bringing Japan to Phoenix

Japanese Friendship Garden Joe Gilmore   The Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden is a phoenix in the city of the same name. “Ro” is for the heron, the bird symbol of Himeji City, while “Ho” stands for...
Vertuccio Farms

Vertuccio Farms

One of the Valley's major farm attractions, Vertuccio Farms offers year-round activities for fresh food aficionados, families and school groups. These include the expansive Fall Festival, family movie nights, the Easter Egg-sperience, Peaches N'...

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