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Stunning Views from
Above in Phoenix by Rachael Provost
Aristotle once said, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” He was talking about a bigger sky. Brighter stars. Breathtaking sunsets. He was talking about Phoenix, AZ, though he
probably didn’t know it.
There’s a whole lot of outdoors to explore in Phoenix, also known as
Valley of the Sun, for its reputation of having gloriously sunny days almost
every day of the year. Dobbins Point, the highest outlook point in Phoenix
accessible by trail, delivers majestic views that will take your breath away.
At 2,300 feet, you really can see it all, and it’s stunning—views of the entire
valley, from Phoenix’s cityscape to the surrounding mountain ranges, and
gorgeous sunsets in the evening.
More unprecedented views can be found at Hole in the Rock at Papago
Park. A series of holes in a small sandstone hill creates a window for sweeping
vistas of the western part of Phoenix. Whether you choose to get to the hole
from the path behind the hill, or take the more adventurous route and climb
the face of the hill to reach the top, the view will be equally magnificent.
Perhaps you’re looking for a different perspective, a way to go above it
all and really take in all of Phoenix. Catch the sunrise from the sky in a hot
air balloon ride with unobstructed, 360-degree views of the rugged terrain
of the Sonoran Desert and the wildlife that inhabits it. Or you can get up
close and personal with the scenery and spend the day rock climbing or
playing a game of golf in a desert canyon.
Explore the sights and sounds of the downtown area, where you’ll find
art galleries, museums and restaurants full of delicious food. In Phoenix,
it’s just part of the scenery of everyday life.
• 5th and Wine is the place to go when
you want good food, an extensive wine bar
and a comfortable atmosphere. Be sure
to try the bruschetta, panini sandwiches
• El Chorro, a school-turned-restaurant,
has a menu far from typical cafeteria food
(including sticky buns), and beautiful views
of the prominent landmark, Camelback
• Kai is the only Five Diamond Native
American restaurant in the world, where
you’ll ;nd food in;uenced by Pima and
Maricopa and killer views of South
Mountain and the city.
TOP THINGS TO DO
• Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball
“Play ball!” at Chase Field, where you can become a fan of the Arizona
• Desert Botanical Garden
Explore the wonders of nature at this renowned 140-acre desert museum,
where 50,000+ plant displays showcase the desert’s natural beauty.
• Hole-in-the-Rock Papago Park
Holding the history of prehistoric Hohokam Indians and breathtaking
vista and mountain views, these massive, otherworldly sandstone buttes
set Papago Park apart, even in a city and state ;lled with world-class
• Roosevelt Row
Downtown Phoenix’s walkable creative district features restaurants,
boutiques and galleries for you to explore.
and, one from the southwest...