Top 10 Ways to Show Off Phoenix

From hot air balloon rides to Salt River Recreation Area, impress out-of-town guests with a truly local experience in Phoenix.

Updated: September 10, 2004

The Top 10

Mary Coyle Ice Cream

5521 N Seventh Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013

From Phoenix's first family of ice cream comes a tradition that'll satisfy your family's sweet tooth.

Salt River Tubing and Recreation Area

N Bush Hwy, Mesa, AZ 85215

Tube down the river to escape the Arizona heat, while watching the wildlife and red rock float by.

A Z Wine Co

2515 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Offering the most comprehensive selection of wines in the state, pop by for free tastings that often highlight local favorites.

First Fridays Artwalk

222 N Fifth Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Stroll through more than a dozen galleries and get a look at tomorrow's stars while they're still local favorites.

Hot Air Expeditions

2243 E Rose Garden Loop, Phoenix, AZ 85024

Shake up the usual scenic drive and see the Arizona landscape from the basket of a hot-air balloon instead.

Mystery Castle

800 E Mineral Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Built by hand using mostly natural and salvaged materials, this unique attraction has captivated since the 1940s.

Cave Creek Smokehouse & Pour House Patio

6245 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331

Grab a few brews with friends at this honky-tonk spot; just be wary of ending up in the wedding chapel.

My Florist Cafe

530 W Mcdowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Enjoy a heavenly selection of breads baked on-site, while listening to fine local jazz.


3118 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Enjoy classy, neighborly hospitality while indulging in temptations from one of the hottest chefs in the Southwest.

More Spots to Impress

El Chorro

5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Heard Museum Shop

2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004