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A day in Phoenix

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Phoenix is a vibrant place brimming with top-notch restaurants, fashionable hotels, world-class cultural spots, and lively nightlife. The Valley lures travelers every year from across the world. If you only had 24 hours in Phoenix, this is how you can make the most of your stay in Phoenix. There is no dearth of things to see and do in Phoenix, but it can be tad overwhelming without proper planning. So here’s the guide to explore the best of Phoenix in 24 hours.

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9:00am- Partake of Breakfast, Chow on some American Food!

Begin your day with breakfast at Matt’s Big Breakfast. A well-liked diner that dishes out succulent Chop and Chick breakfast plates. Every taste is available to satiate your palate. The wait can be long, hit the spot early!

Address: 825 North 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States
Website: www.mattsbigbreakfast.com
Opening hours: 6:30am-2:30pm

10:00am- Explore the Modern Native American Life and Culture!

Head to the Heard Museum, where you’ll see an amazing collection of Native American artifacts. Stroll through a huge collection of katsina dolls, baskets, pottery, paintings, jewelry, sculptures, and cradleboards. A must-see spot!

Address: 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Phone: 602-252-8848
Website: www.heard.org

Distance from Matt’s Big Breakfast: 1.1 miles or 4 minutes drive

11:00: A Good Time for Kids of all Ages

If you have kids along with you, do visit the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. A spot where there is a perfect blend of Education and fun. The Museum has displays that are hands-on and interactive. This spot has over 300 interactive play areas for kids. Truly, kids’ adventure land!

215 North 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, United States
Phone: 1 602-253-0501
Website: www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org

Distance from Heard Museum:
2.1 miles or 6 minutes drive

12:00: Get the taste of Art!

Art lovers do stop at the Phoenix Art Museum. This museum features a great collection of Asian and European Art, and an amazing Modern Art wing. Travel over the halls this dynamic and lively museum!

Address: 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States
Phone: 1 602-257-1222
Website: www.phxart.org

Distance from Children’s Museum of Phoenix: 1.6 miles or 6 minutes drive

1:00pm: Time to Grab Lunch

By now you’re ravenous, so head over to one of the many restaurants near Phoenix Art Museum. Enjoy the old school meal at the Durant’s (2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States) in the plush red velvet setting, or enjoy the Southwestern-inspired cuisine at the Courtyard Cafe (2301 N. Central Ave.). Or step in the Breadfruit & Rum Bar (108 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States) for Seafood, Caribbean and Jamaican cuisine. These are some of the great places to stop for lunch.

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2:00pm- Get a Taste of Valley of Sun Historic Past!

To know about the Phoenix’s cultural heritage, go to the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. It is 1,500-year-old archeological site that takes you through a prehistoric Hohokam Indian village. Informative site!

Duration from Durant’s to Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park: 6.7 miles and 12 minutes drive

3:00pm – Experience the Natural Beauty of Phoenix!

Experience the natural beauty of Phoenix at the Desert Botanical Garden. This spot features the largest outdoor desert plant collection. Great place to know about the desert environment and the plants that bloom in it. Beauty in the desert!

Duration from Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park: 2.8 miles and 7 minutes drive

4:00pm Enough Culture and Art, time to shop now!

Head over to Scottsdale Fashion Square that has more than 250 shops and well-known brands, including Hugo Boss, Nordstrom, Jimmy Choo, Neiman Marcus and Juicy Couture.

Distance from Desert Botanical Garden: 3.9 miles or 9 minutes drive

If that puts in the mood for more elegance and style, head to Biltmore Fashion Park. It is a huge a largely al-fresco mall that has around 70 high-end shops, including Macy’s, Cole Haan, Waterworks, Escada, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ralph Lauren and more.

Address: 24th Street and Camelback Road
Phone: 602-955-1963
Website: www.shopbiltmore.com

Distance from Scottsdale fashion square: 6 miles or 11 minutes drive

6:00pm- Kick back Time

Head to Pizzeria Bianco (4743 N 20th St), a great spot for pizza lovers. Enjoy the delectable wood-fired pies. To have something lighter, go to Paradise Bakery Cafe (2502 E Camelback Rd # 119). You can eat there or take-out. After a day of strolling and shopping, sit down and have a nice Italian ice-cream at Frost A Gelato Shoppe (2502 E. Camelback Road Biltmore Shopping Center, Suite 136).

8:00pm- Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Head over to Merc Bar (2525 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016, United States) to have one of their popular martinis, or other cocktails and light snacks. If you’re looking for casual spot and live blues, go to Rhythm Room (1019 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014, United States).

9:00pm- Supper

Enjoy the American comfort fare with interesting twists in a small, intimate dining setting at the Tuck Shop.

2245 North 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, United States
Phone: 1 602-354-2980
Website: www.tuckinphx.com

10:00pm- Put on you dancing shoes and get ready to Rock n Roll!

To dance to the hip-hop and Latin music, head over to the Sky Lounge (132 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States). Great spot to unwind!

Distance from the Tuck Shop: 2.6 miles or 8 minutes drive

If you’re looking for some awesome live music and sounds, head over to the Crescent Ballroom (308 North 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, United States). This spot offers great food, beers on tap, and superb live band performances.

Distance from the Tuck Shop: 2.7 miles or 9 minutes drive

12:00 pm- The Night is still young in the Valley!

For a nightcap, drive to Hanny’s (40 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, United States) which is 0.4 miles away from Crescent Ballroom. Enjoy classy cocktails at this chic restaurant. You can also go to Welcome Diner (924 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, United States) which is 1.4 miles from Crescent Ballroom.

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