Stay and Play in Arizona
Bright sunshine and clear weather make Arizona the perfect playground for your favorite outdoor activities before, or after, race day. Tee off on championship fairways, speedboat through colossal lakes, go from sun bathing to snow skiing in one day, then wake up and do it all over again. Wherever your sense of adventure leads you, you’ll always find yourself at the perfect destination.
Looking to get out of the city and explore Arizona? Click here for day-trip ideas from Greater Phoenix, as well as several destinations worth traveling overnight for.
- The Arizona State University Tempe Campus is home to more than 20 museums and galleries, including the contemporary ASU Art Museum. Visitors can also see themed exhibitions at the Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts, a beautiful venue with views of Tempe Town Lake.
- Native Trails is a series of free outdoor festivals that celebrate Native American culture through music, song, dance, art and food. This event takes place most Thursdays and Saturdays from noon-1 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Park. The galleries in the downtown Scottsdale Arts District stay open late on Thursdays for ArtWalk, featuring exhibitions, receptions and live entertainment. Join us on January 17 for a special Collector’s ArtWalk.
- Discover how Arizona became a state in the building where it actually happened. The Arizona Capitol Museum in Phoenix offers daily tours. Afterwards, explore Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza with 29 memorials including the USS Arizona mast and anchor. Or, visit the 600-acre Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, a lush riparian corridor with five miles of paved and dirt trails and an Audubon Center.
- One of Scottsdale’s best known independent restaurants FnB dishes out sophisticated comfort food using seasonal, local and organic produce. Right next door – AZ Wine Merchants, Bodega and Baratin – expand on the local-love theme in the form of a wine store, boutique grocery and cozy, 35-seat café. At The Mission, experience a new twist on contemporary Latin cuisine such as Duck Carnitas Empanadas.
- In Phoenix, enjoy outdoor dining at The Farm at South Mountain which features locally grown produce provided on site or dine on the famous wood-fired pizzas of Pizzeria Bianco, acclaimed by New York Times, Martha Stewart and Gourmet magazine.
- In Tempe, NCounter offers a variety of breakfast treats, including the Marathoner Smoothie. Post-race, celebrate with contemporary American cuisine at House of Tricks, known for its tranquil patio and extensive wine list.
- It’s easy to explore the scenic Sonoran Desert by hiking, biking, horseback riding or taking an off-road tour. Some popular spots include McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, Camelback Mountain, Phoenix Mountain Park and Recreation Area and South Mountain Park and Preserve in Phoenix, and Papago Park, shared by all three cities.
- You can also float over the giant saguaro cactus, enjoy expansive mountain views and see desert wildlife from a hot air balloon. Take an off-road or city tour on an earth-friendly, battery-assisted bike or explore the rugged trails from the back of a custom Jeep. Or, spend a sunny day paddle boarding or kayaking at Tempe Town Lake.