Spend the Weekend in Phoenix

Phoenix is a great place for combining business and pleasure. It is the cosmopolitan heart of Arizona and the sunniest metropolis in America. Its urban core has been revitalized by new hotels, an entertainment district and a light-rail transportation system. Yet, amid the big-city bustle, you’ll still find rugged mountains, quiet trails and the kind of cactus most people see only in cartoons.

Phoenix’s famously sunny weather lends itself to outdoor fun. Visitors can spy on coyotes from the basket of a hot-air balloon, float past wild horses on the Salt River, stroll through a botanical garden dedicated to the desert plants of the world, or learn racing skills at school for high-performance driving. Watch a video about Phoenix or scroll down a list a fun things you can do alone or with friends and family before or after RFID Journal LIVE! 2017.

Hike Camelback Mountain

Hike one of two trails—Echo Canyon or Cholla—to the 1,200-foot summit of Camelback Mountain, which resembles a kneeling camel and enjoy the views of the city and Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Brink your camera and plenty of water.

Address: 5700 N. Echo Canyon Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 256-3220

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Tour the Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum, the largest fine-art museum in the Southwest, has an astounding collection of contemporary work and objects from Asia, America and Europe.Visitors can enjoy the permanent collections for free (and the special exhibitions at a discount) by visiting on the second Sunday of the month, from noon to 5 p.m.

Address: 1625 N. Central Ave. Central Avenue and McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: : (602) 257-1222

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Visit the Desert Botanical Garden

This gorgeous 50-acre desert garden features a fantastic variety of arid plants, from towering saguaros to delicate blooms. Each Thursdays and Saturday during the summer months you can explore the garden’s winding trails on Flashlight Tours.

Address: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (888) 314-9480

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Dine at the Historic Heritage & Science Park

This area features the historic Rosson House Museum and meticulously restored 19th century homes, but the real treat is the James Beard Award-winning restaurants, including both Pizzeria Bianco (named the best pizza in the nation) and Nobuo at Teeter House (high-end Japanese cuisine served tapas-style).

the world class Arizona Science Center, the historic 1895 and its collection of carefully restored historic homes and buildings, Heritage & Science Park is a crucial piece of the cultural landscape in downtown Phoenix. The tree-lined park also is a popular home for major festivals and special events that bring thousands to the area each year.

Address:115 N. 6th St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 262-5071

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Learn about Native American Tribes at the Heard Museum

This world-class museum offers immersive exhibits about the culture and history of 22 regional Native American tribes. Visit the authentic art shop to pick up a unique souvenir.

Address: 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 252-88404

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Mountain Bike Through South Mountain Park and Preserve

This unique municipal park features 50 miles of trails through 16,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert. It's a great place to hike or mountain bike, just 20 minutes from the city. Don't feel like doing that much exercise? No problem. You can drive up Summit Road to Dobbins Lookout, the highest accessible point in the preserve, and enjoy a great view of the city.

Address:10919 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85042

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Enjoy the Art Scene on Roosevelt Row

Roosevelt Row is home to numerous art galleries. Take in the local murals on a monthly art walk (check local listings). Most boutiques, restaurants and galleries stay open late, so its a great place to stroll at night.

Address: 922 N. 5th St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone:  (602) 614-8727

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Check Out the Musical Instrument Museum

One of the more unique museums you'll ever visit, the MIM offers the opportunity to hear—and even play—instruments from every corner of the world. The museum hosts a year-round concert series hosting more than 200 international acts.

Address: 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050
Phone: (480) 478-6000

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Stroll Through Old Town Scottsdale

Located on the original site of Scottsdale, this trendy districtr is the place to go for souveniers and hip places to eat. It's also a good place to visit for a drink and socializing.

Address: 4200 N. Scottsdale Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Take a Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

Taliesin West was Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home, nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, AZ. Today, it is a national historic landmark. Enjoy a guided tour. For a special treat, join the Night Lights Tour, when structures are lit from within and the garden's famed fire-breathing dragon sculpture erupts.

Address: 12345 N. Taliesin Drive Scottsdale AZ, 85258

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For more great things to do in and aroudn Phoenix, please go to the Visit Phoenix website.