If you had only one day in Phoenix, what would you see? Believe it or not there are just too many factors to give a simple answer.
- Will there be children along?
- Do you like to walk or drive?
- Is it summer or winter?
Metro Phoenix has so much to offer. Here are some must-see sights that are unique when visiting the Phoenix area. And what better way to make your visit perfect, than by renting your dream car here at Rent a Vette?
Saturday Night at the Pavilions
If your a car enthusiast this is a must see. Every Saturday Night for the past 22 years the local car nut’s gather at the Pavilions Shopping Center. On any given Saturday you will find from 200 to 500 cars and motorcycles on display. This show is in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest continues car show in the world. You will find everything from stock classic cars, hot rods, rat rods and muscle cars at this show. Just a fun way to spend a few hours on a Saturday night and the price is right….it’s free!
Climb Piestewa Peak
Piestewa Peak, formerly known as Squaw Peak, is part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. The elevation of Piestewa Peak is 2,608 feet; the total elevation gain for the Summit Trail is 1,190 feet. That might not sound high, but hikers of all levels can get a great workout climbing this mountain, and get a great view of the city when they get to the top. If you decide to hike the Summit Trail, though, you won’t be alone. According to the City of Phoenix. it is one of the most heavily used trails in the nation with 4,000 to 10,000 hikers per week. Dogs and bicycles are not permitted on the Summit Trail.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum brings together plants from the Earth’s many and varied deserts and dry lands. Approximately 3,200 different desert plants can be found within the arboretum, and most of them can be seen along the 1.5 mile main trail. During wildflower season, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is especially beautiful, displaying all the wonderful colors of the desert. Are you a bird lover? More than 250 species of birds have been recorded at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Drive Apache Trail
The Apache Trail will be one of the most memorable drives you’ll ever take.
Your adventure will begin in Apache Junction, about 25 miles east of downtown Phoenix. The 46 miles between Apache Junction and Roosevelt Lake provides not only the most scenic part of the trip but also the most challenging driving. Please don’t close your eyes! Along the way, you’ll pass (or you can stop) at the Lost Dutchman State Park, Goldfield Ghost Town, Saguaro Lake, the Canyon Lake Recreation Area, the Theodore Roosevelt Dam site, and the Tonto National Monument. The Apache Trail has been designated a USFS Scenic Byway by the U.S. Forest Service, as well as an Arizona Scenic Historic Byway. It’s a great day trip! Seriously–if you are a nervous driver or passenger, this drive might not be for you.
South Mountain Park
At over 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park and Preserve often is considered the largest municipal park in the country. There are more than 50 miles of trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking. Dobbins Lookout, at 2,330 feet, is the highest point in the park accessible by trail. If you aren’t into hiking, biking or riding, you can simply drive to Dobbins Point to get a fantastic view of the Valley of the Sun. It’s just over 5 miles from Central Avenue to Dobbins Lookout.
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
About one and a half hours north of Phoenix are two National Monuments that are well worth a day trip from the Phoenix area. Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot are managed by the National Park Service, and there is small fee for entry. The museum at Montezuma Castle provides good information, but needs a bit of refurbishment. The Visitor Center at Tuzigoot, however, is very well done. Both monuments are very interesting, but for the younger crowd Tuzigoot will be the more popular of the two since you can actually walk up, in and around the structure. Hiking is involved unless you stay in the museums, so if that isn’t appealing to you, you might have to skip this trip.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West
A few miles northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona there is a living memorial to a great American architect. Nestled in the foothills of the rugged McDowell Mountains and surrounded by the spectacular Sonoran Desert lays a sprawling 600-acre complex called Taliesin West. It was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Taliesin West today houses The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, The Frank Lloyd Wright Memorial Foundation, and The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The Taliesin Association of Artists, a group of architects dedicated to the spirit of the founder, is also onsite at Taliesin West. To get the full impact and understanding of the project and the man, we recommend you take the tour.
Towering 1,400 feet, this mountain features the unmistakable shape of a camel. North trailhead offers sheer red cliffs rising 200 feet vertically in some areas, which beckon rock climbers. Facilities are limited at the Echo Canyon Recreation Area with only a trailhead water fountain, an interpretive ramada and trails. Desert wildlife is abundant here; you may see small animals such as snakes, lizards and Harris Antelope Squirrels as well as a variety of birds. Admission is free.
Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Built in 1965, this stadium offers 8,500 seats and as home to the Oakland A’s spring training for 17 years is a very popular place with locals. Easily accessed by exiting Interstate-10 at the 48th Street exit, take the Hohokam Expressway to Van Buren Street, and exit right on Van Buren for two miles. Located in close proximity to the Stadium is the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens. Considerable paid parking is available at the stadium.
First Christian Church
This church, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1950 is constructed from stone. Built from 1971-1977, this structure is a remarkable example of texture and materials, a trademark of Mr. Wright. Other famous Wright designs are open for touring at Taliesin West. Drive down the scenic Central avenue while in the area and view stately homes. Join Senior Pastor Derek Lauer and the congregation here while in town.