Phoenix, Arizona lifestyle

Nearly perfect year-round weather and several impeccably designed championship courses have made Phoenix one of the world’s top golf destinations. But there’s more to this mild-mannered metropolis than pristine greens and tee times. The greater Phoenix area also offers an array of impressive cultural attractions.

Visit the internationally renowned Heard Museum for an in-depth look at Native American history or peruse the fine collection at the Phoenix Museum of Art. Enjoy a ballet performance at the ornate Orpheum Theater, or catch a Broadway show at the state-of-the-art Dodge. In addition to golf, the city offers numerous outdoor activities including rock climbing, hot-air ballooning, desert jeep tours and more. Family-friendly attractions, first-rate shopping, dining and entertainment, and spectacular recreational activities make Phoenix a must-see destination.

Discover the tranquil vibrancy of desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes. Visitors can stroll through five thematic trails to explore the fascinating beauty of the Sonoran Desert, from towering cacti and alluring succulents to brilliant wildflowers and lush trees. Scroll through the Garden’s calendar so not to miss festive events and dazzling exhibitions. Delve deeper to learn about desert landscaping, nature art, cooking and wellness and more through the Garden’s various adult and children’s classes.

This tour includes an entry ticket to the botanical gardens and is hosted by a friendly veteran photographer who has a passion for the beauty of Arizona’s Sonoran desert. In addition to tips on taking better pictures, the tour includes walks throughout all parts of the garden, including desert trails, wildflower trails, butterfly and hummingbird exhibits, ancient habitats of indigenous peoples and much more. The walk is not strenuous and includes stops along the way for refreshments and photography questions. Whether it is a digital SLR camera or a smart phone, you will learn new ways to capture the beauty of Arizona’s Sonoran desert.

People may know it for its year-round sun, desert beauty, and world-class resorts and golf, but as the fifth-largest city in the U.S., it also offers sophisticated urbanscapes, southwest culture and lots of outdoor adventure. Sometimes, bigger really is better.