10+ things to see and do in Phoenix, Arizona for the perfect weekend getaway
Helloooo from Phoenix, AZ babes! I am so excited to share a new travel guide with you, highlighting some fun things to see and do in Phoenix for a weekend getaway!
My niece and I traveled to Phoenix to visit the area for the first time and had a blast! I highly recommend Arizona to travelers that love the outdoors and don’t mind hitting a heatwave while on vacation lol
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If you’re like most avid travelers, Phoenix might be next on your list of cities to visit! A state known for its unique and artistic natural rock formations, deserts, canyons, and a wide range of wildlife and scenery to take in, Arizona is truly a natural playground. Not sure where to begin? I got you babe! Here’s an in-depth travel guide and pre trip tips to help as you plan your visit to Phoenix!
BEST TIME TO VISIT: The off-season! (November – April)
WEATHER: If you decide to go in the off-season (which I’d recommend) expect to see highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. In the summer, temps in the 100s are the norm!
GETTING AROUND: Depending on where you come from, the drive to Phoenix can be- well, dry. But, having your own car at your disposal is cost effective and convenient! If you’re flying in, not to worry! Rental cars, Ubers, and Turo are popular, affordable options for your time in Phoenix.
NEARBY AIRPORTS: Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX), Deer Valley Airport (DVT), Goodyear Airport (GYR), Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA)
Things to do in Phoenix
OK – so you’ve nailed down when you’re going to travel to Phoenix and how, so what about when you arrive? How are you going to fill your days in Phoenix? Here’s a look at some personal faves of mine of things to see and do in town!
Take a sunrise hot air balloon ride
Before you leave for Phoenix, book a flight with Rainbow Ryders, one of the top hot air balloon ride companies in America! Our ride cost around $300 for two people.
You can choose anytime of day you’d like, but during our trip to town in August only sunrise rides were available. Sunrise balloon rides are available year-round while sunset rides are only available November – March. Rates start at $99 per child and range from $159-$255 for adults for around a 3-hour ride.
Waking up at 4am to be at the take off location by 5am was so worth it! Being able to watch the team set up the balloon and get us ready for the skies is so cool!
The team is super nice and happy to snap photos for you too! This was one was taken by the gentleman who lead our balloon in the sky!
Visit the Botanical Gardens
Whenever you go on Tiktok or Instagram and see that someone has been to Phoenix you are bound to see a photo of them at the Desert Botanical Garden
You don’t need a reservation to get in, all you have to do is purchase tickets at the front when you arrive, our ticket for two people was roughly $14. Once you’re inside you get to explore the garden’s vast collection of Arizona-native plants, trees, and garden trails. It’s so worth it, and be prepared for the heat if you’re visiting in the summer and bring extra water!
Get a short hike in
In Papago Park, a Phoenix hotspot for hikes and photo-ops, is where you’ll find the infamous “Hole in the rock” people come here to watch the sunset, I’ve even seen photos of people getting married here! wow!
It’s an amazing view point where you can see the city’s beautiful natural landscape from above and features stunning natural rock formations that are definitely worth the trek. Hole-In-The-Rock is a very popular stop along the trails inside the park.
Get a customized aura reading
This is hands down the best part of the trip! I am sooo into like astrology and spirituality that I JUMPED at the chance to have an aura reading done.
An aura is described as an electromagnetic field that surrounds a person’s body and is associated with their energy—and while it can actually be *seen* by certain people, it can be *felt* by everyone. (Getting your aura read is basically the OG version of a vibe check.) Auras can be contagious, which is why you start to feel extra happy if you’re around someone who’s a positive, optimistic person and why you feel super freaking drained when you’re around someone who’s a total bummer. Bleh.
You have to stop by Phoenix Rising to get your aura photographed you can get a single polaroid for just $25 per polaroid or pay extra for an in-depth report that details your aura, chakra’s and more!
Phoenix Rising is known among locals as a “Spiritual Healing Center” and offers aura photography services to capture the electromagnetic field surrounding you – aka your aura! There’s no need to book an appointment, either, just stop by the shop located on the northern part of Phoenix anytime Tuesdays through Sundays.
Hit up Lylo Swim Club
Reserve a cabana or daybed for a pool day at the Lylo Swim Club, a poolside bar and restaurant located in Phoenix’s only boutique hotel! You’ll have access to food and drinks during your stay, as well as a covered rooftop bar when you’ve decided you’ve had enough of the sun! Daybed rates start roughly at $200 for 2 people, with food and drink add-ons available for your reservation.
The menu is nice and I loveeeed their froze drinks they were the perfect mix to beat the heat and so cute for pics too!
5 star spots in Phoenix
Nothing says luxe vacation like checking in to a 5 star hotel. Here’s some of the best of the best places to stay in Phoenix!
Arizona Biltmore by Waldorf
Did you know that one of the best resorts in the world is located in the heart of Phoenix? Waldorf hotels have easily made a name for themselves in the luxury hotel realm, and it’s no different with this 5-star Phoenix hotel. When booking at the Arizona Biltmore, choose from guests rooms, villas, suites, and cottages. Enjoy their seemingly endless list of amenities from a full-service salon & spa, seven swimming pools, fitness center, two golf courses, and seven world-class dining options.
Royal Palms Resort & Spa
Located just outside the downtown area of Phoenix and in the shadow of the Camelback Mountain lies the estate-style five-star resort, Royal Palms Resort & Spa. This resort boasts gorgeous Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial architecture, complete with fountains, cabanas, and villas. Royal Palms’ restaurant and bar selection reflects that Mediterranean charm and romance. Be sure to check out their spa and fitness center during your stay, and plan to take a few strolls around the grounds to take in the beauty of this mountain resort.
Where to dine in Phoenix
Ever been served sushi on a conveyor belt? A type of restaurant extremely common in Japan, Kura Sushi is modeled after the same idea of a conveyor belt zig-zagging through the tables so you never have to even get up! Fresh sushi comes straight from the chopping table to the magical conveyor belt and straight to you.
Get the best milkshake from The Yard
For your sweet tooth fix, check out the extravagant milkshakes at The Yard! Their menu features decadent concoctions like The Cereal Killer, Old School Banana Split, and Doughnut Touch My Coffees And Cream.
Grab dinner at Palma
For a diverse, gourmet menu, check out Palma in Midtown Phoenix for dinner! They offer sushi, fried chicken, and asian-inspired entrees. The restaurant itself is also very aesthetically pleasing so definitely snap a few pics while you’re there. Reservations are definitely encouraged but if you have a small party, give them a call and they might have some tables open up or spots at the bar!
Grab the coolest cocktail from Century Grand
Be sure to grab a drink at Century Grand: a space that holds three turn-of-the-century-inspired cocktail bars! Each bar only serves drinks, so don’t arrive hungry. Consider it an immersive experience, too. At any point during your stop here, you may witness sudden changes in lighting, music, or atmosphere with the use of fog machines or strobe lights. Try out just one or all three bars: a Pullman car, a New Orleans Apothecary, or a Nautical Adventure Bar.
Cheers from The Rooftop
What’s a night out without a rooftop bar? Check out From The Rooftop, right in downtown Phoenix. They have a brunch and an all-day menu, and of course a selection of craft cocktails and beers all with a 360 degree view of Phoenix! What better way to cap off your night out with a cocktail and a plate of truffle fries?