Phoenix, Arizona is one of my top 5 favorite cities and one that I gratefully call home. Consider yourself invited to enjoy this wonderful place, and when you do, here are a few places, activities, and tips to consider.
1. Pack light. It’s casual here and hot most of the year. Take advantage of this and leave behind anything heavy and formal.
2. Shop around and stay at the hotel that gives you the best rate. Ask for discounts (military, AAA, etc.) and be persistent, especially off-season. This weekend we stayed at the Sheraton, which has yummy pastries and breakfast burritos at their Link Cafe. We also enjoy staying at the Hyatt Regency and for something more intimate, The Palomar Phoenix. We’re eager to give the Renaissance a try, too.
3. Go to the Heard Museum. This is one of my favorite museums in the country! It’s mission is:
The mission of the Heard Museum is to educate people about arts, heritage and life ways of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes of the Southwest.
The HM is welcoming, user-friendly, and gorgeous. The way they smoothly organize many small artifacts is impressive and the building in which it is housed is just as much a historical artifact as all that it protects. The architecture blends seamlessly with the museum’s mission. Priced right, located downtown, and free parking make this a must-see.
3. Eat anywhere! Really, the eats are that good in Phoenix. For location convenience consider Networks Bar and Grill. The food is delicious and priced right, but they are chronically understaffed which equals long waits. Most museums, like Heard, and venues, like Chase Field, have cafe’s or full-blown restaurants with great food at great prices. A favorite breakfast place is Matt’s Big Breakfast which was featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
4. Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is truly home for our family. Yes, we’re wild about baseball but even if you aren’t baseball fans (but do consider trying) you’ll visit an amazing facility that is air-conditioned, has a retracting roof for pleasant weather (the pic shows the roof in the process of opening) and offers many options to make your visit comfortable and fun. Check out these glowing reviews for Chase Field at Trip Advisor to include “Best Family Friendly Ball Park in the Country.”
5. There are many places of worship downtown that have spiritual and historical significance. We attend St. Mary’s Basilica and are swept heavenward by the beautiful high rising cathedral ceilings, the glistening stained glass, and all the beautiful architectural details. This community is very welcoming, inclusive, and comfortable. And their choir is angelic with a truly amazing organist plus male and female voices singing in perfect harmony.
While I feel that I can’t do Phoenix justice due to my photography and eloquence limits, I hope that my love for the city makes up for it and spills out into this post. In addition to the city herself, the parallel reason our family enjoys our time in Phoenix is because we are together. That simple. We’re doing things we love without pressure and away from our usual duties and commitments. Families need such time to focus, relax, and reenergize. Year round, Phoenix provides us with a much appreciated safe haven for our family.
What are your favorite cities? Why? Do you travel as a family? What are your favorite travel tips?
Sending Arizona sunshine to all friends ❤ ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc