There are plenty of things to do and see for all the family in a city that still has something of the air of a frontier town about it. On your trip to Phoenix don’t miss for example the cutting-edge Arizona Science Center, which is packed with fun activities and exhibitions. It has interactive games, sports and experiments as well as a planetarium and permanent art displays.
The Phoenix Art Museum has a stunning light display in its entrance and features exhibitions of haute couture and modern art collections over its three floors.
A slightly odd but fascinating building in Phoenix is Tovrea Castle, which resembles a wedding cake and is surrounded by carefully placed cacti and rocks. It was built in 1931 by a local entrepreneur.
If you feel like chilling out, there’s nowhere better to be inspired than the Cosanti, a nature and arts compound right in the middle of town. It features eco-friendly buildings, floral walkways and numerous Soleri Wind Bells. It also has a pool, dormitories for students from the University and a gift shop, and makes a great day out.
The Mining and Mineral Museum is also well worth a visit, with its vast display of weird, wonderful and colourful rocks and minerals from the surrounding area and farther afield. The ‘Banquet of Rocks’, a set of dishes made from quartz, feldspar and other minerals, is one of the most popular permanent exhibitions here.