Beautiful area of ponds, pinic areas, bike trails and hike trails. Their are a few parks with ponds to check out some Arizona wildlife. The Hole-in-the-Rock is the reddish mountain formation. The hike trail there is easy and short, but again, a popular spot for sunset views of Tempe.
Great introduction to the desert, mountain scape and trails. You can see for miles and at one spot, you can see Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix. It’s free and an easy walk for old and young with mostly wide paved trails.
Papago Park is a municipal park of the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, United States. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride. It includes Hunt's Tomb, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Phoenix Zoo, desert botanical gardens, hole in the rock , hiking just 4 miles away
“Absolute best spot on a mountain to view the Phoenix Valley. Be aware, although it is a short hike, the trek can be rather steep in some areas. Moderate-high difficulty level. Very popular hike in the city so hike out early if you'd prefer to avoid crowds.”
“The Heard Museum is a private, not-for-profit museum located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art. The museum presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art by American Indian artists and artists influenced by American Indian art. The Heard Museum collaborates with American Indian artists and tribal communities on providing visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest. ”
“Its an upscale mall! Across the street more restaurants and Scottsdales finest area. All the stores and more that you would expect to be in an upscale environment. Fun to shop, bring $$ though as its a bit pricey. ”
“For a peaceful walk with beautiful scenery I’ve been here several times. And during part of the warmer times of the year there are so many butterflies to be seen nearby. Around the Christmas holidays they normally have live music Christmas lights and my favorite was the hot apple cider drinks.”
“This is a nice close outdoor mall with several decent restaurants and shopping. Nicer than most but just under upscale. Try the Thirsty Lion for gastropub scene or nearby sushi or pizza or many more options while you browse the stores. ”