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Phoenix + Scottsdale See And Do

Chase Field
401 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix , Arizona
85004
Tel: 602 462 6500
www.dbacks.com

Formerly Bank One Ballpark, this baseball field is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and handles rain or shine with its retractable roof. Odd as it may seem to visitors unaccustomed to this climate, the roof actually is closed the later it gets in summer, as the heat outside can be unbearable. Get a group together (maximum 35) and reserve the swimming pool in right field for $6,500 (how cool is that?), or grab a seat in TGIF's Front Row, just beyond first base (602-462-3506; www.frontrowphoenix.myfridays.com). It's a full restaurant with "patio" seating in the stands. For the season schedule and general tickets, go to the Diamondbacks' Web site.

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix , Arizona
85008
Tel: 480 941 1225
www.dbg.org

This is one of the best gardens you will ever see, possibly because it's so full of local plants. There are giant saguaros, the type of cactus that can hold up to 1,000 gallons of water, and succulents like aloe plants that are so tall (15 feet) that they look like they're from a Star Trek episode. Don't miss the desert flowers, either, which are achingly beautiful.

Golf
Phoenix + Scottsdale , Arizona

With more golf courses per capita than any state west of the Mississippi, the Valley of the Sun has become a golfing mecca. Greens fees range from $40 on a public course to $500-plus at some of the most exclusive courses. Plan your golf vacation in advance. Companies like Arizona Golf Adventures can help in setting up a perfect trip by arranging tee times and making sure you get to try a variety of courses (800-398-8100; www.azteetimes.com). But for those who are a little less serious about it (or have nonduffers who won't stand to be widowed), just stay at the Fairmont, Arizona Biltmore, or one of the other properties in town that have their own golf courses.

Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix , Arizona
85004
Tel: 602 252 8848
www.heard.org

This private museum houses one of the best collections of Native American art in the country. Founded by Dwight and Maie Heard, who moved to Phoenix from Chicago in 1895, the museum opened in 1929 to exhibit the couple's unparalleled collection of more than 38,000 ethnographic objects and contemporary works of art. If you go to just one museum in Phoenix, make it this one. Also worthy of note: the terrific Arcadia Farms café (602-251-0204; www.arcadiafarmscafe.com/arcadia_heard.htm).

Open daily 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Hiking
Phoenix , Arizona

The 16,000-acre South Mountain Park in South Phoenix—the world's largest city park—has 51 miles of beautiful desert wilderness trails for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders (10409 S. Central Ave.; 602-534-6324; www.phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikesoth.html). Most trails are more of a stamina test than a measure of climbing skill. For more technical climbing, head to Camelback Mountain, which sits smack in the middle of the city. The best way to hike it is to start on the northwest side, at Echo Canyon Recreation Area (Tatum Blvd. and McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley; 602-256-3220; www.phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikecmlb.html). The moderate hike up to the camel's head takes about two hours round-trip and rewards you with one of the best perspectives of the Valley. Serious hikers should tackle the trek to the top: the peak of Camelback's main hump, 2,704 feet above sea level. You'll learn to pull yourself up by any means possible (there are rails) and then can carefully navigate your way down.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix , Arizona
85004
Tel: 602 257 1222
www.phxart.org

Thanks to a recent $50-million addition and courtyard renovation, the Phoenix Art Museum has finally become a cultural institution representative of the fifth largest city in the country. The new multilevel wing was designed to house large-scale pieces and the museum's modern art collection. With an expanded sculpture garden and the old gallery space still in top-notch condition, this institution can take several hours to explore. The permanent collection includes 20 miniature rooms designed by American Narcissa Niblack Thorne, each built to 1:12 scale (one inch equals one foot in real life); works by Picasso and Albers; and a Latin American and western American collection that totals more than 1,000 works of art.

Taliesin West
12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard
Scottsdale , Arizona
85259
Tel: 480 860 8810
www.franklloydwright.org

Years after coming out to Phoenix to consult on the design of the Arizona Biltmore in 1927, Frank Lloyd Wright decided that the foothills of the McDowell Mountains would be his winter home away from home. The structure turned into his residence, studio, and school, where apprentices would live and work alongside him. Fans of Wright should visit this place, of course. But the truth is, even people who are not interested in architecture or Wright's style should walk around the buildings just to see how one of this country's most influential style-makers lived and worked.

Open daily 9 am to 6:30 pm, September through June; open Thursdays through Mondays, July and August.

Tennis
Phoenix + Scottsdale , Arizona

This is more of a golf club–toting town than a tennis-racket one, but there are several resorts that have very good facilities, chief among them the Fairmont, Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, and the Arizona Biltmore. More serious tennis players might want to try the Village Camelback Racquet and Health Club (4444 E. Camelback Rd.; 602-840-6412; www.dmbclubs.com), a private tennis club with clinics and excellent lighted courts.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 5:30 am to 10 pm, Sundays 5:30 am to 8 pm.

US Airways Center
201 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix , Arizona
85004
Tel: 602 379 2000
www.usairwayscenter.com

This 19,000-seat venue in newly revitalized downtown Phoenix is home to the Phoenix Suns NBA team (602-379-7867; www.suns.com), the Phoenix Mercury WNBA team (602-252-9622; www.wnba.com/mercury), and the Arizona Rattlers football team (602-379-2320; www.azrattlers.com).

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.