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1. Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden is a great place to reconnect with nature and relax in Phoenix. Home to 139 rare plant species, it also gives visitors the chance to learn about the local flora. There are five walking trails in the park, focusing on specific themes. The garden is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2. South Mountain Park
Covering almost 17,000 acres, South Mountain Park is the world’s largest city park. It’s also one of the most popular destinations for hikers and bikers in Arizona, with over 50 miles of trails. If you’re a fan of horse-riding, you can organise a scenic trail ride with a nearby stable. Or pack some lunch and enjoy it in one of the many picnic areas.
3. Spas in Phoenix
Arizona is home to some of the best spas in the world. Whether you want to try a new exercise programme or indulge in massages and facials, you’ll find a spa to suit you here. The Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a Mediterranean villa at the base of the Camelback Mountain Range. It offers an extensive range of treatments, including a hot stone massage and orange blossom body buff. The Tocaloma Spa and Salon also has luxurious day spa facilities.
4. The Orpheum Theatre
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The historic Orpheum Theatre is a much-loved arts venue in downtown Phoenix. It hosts a variety of shows, from ballet performances to musicals. If you’re interested in learning more, you can take a guided tour. But to experience the Orpheum in the fullest sense, it’s worth checking out any upcoming shows. If you want to stay nearby, there are plenty of Phoenix hotels to choose from.
5. Camelback Mountain
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At 825 metres, Camelback Mountain towers over the Phoenix Valley. This iconic mountain is very popular with hikers, and it’s a great way to see more of the landscape and native plants. There are two main trails — Echo Canyon and Cholla. Both trails are difficult, and it’s important to plan carefully for the heat.
6. Japanese Friendship Garden
If you’re looking for a truly peaceful place to relax in Phoenix, head to the Japanese Friendship Garden. It features traditional Japanese garden elements, such as stone footbridges, lanterns, streams, and a 12-foot waterfall. There’s also a koi pond with over 300 colourful fish. The garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
When it comes to taking time for yourself, Phoenix is a great place to do it. Whether you want to go adventuring in the mountains or just relax in a spa, this city has it all. And with 300 days of sunshine a year, there’s no shortage of good weather.
This post was written in collaboration with Hotel Planner – a hotel booking service specialising in group hotel rates.