At first glance, downtown Phoenix appears to be all buttoned-up business and bureaucracy (the state capitol is here), but it does have a spring in its step. The Valley of the Sun's best museums are all located here, in the metro area's central city, though many sights are spread far and wide and may require as much as 30 minutes to reach in a car, depending on traffic.

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American Southwest culture can be found everywhere in Phoenix, with its arts, history, quirky family activities and arid landscape of the Sonoran Desert to…

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While there's plenty to see in Phoenix, the state capital is an ideal base for exploring the attractions of Arizona. Try these top day trips from Phoenix.

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With incredible museums offering donation-based entry, and many amazing landscapes to explore, here's how to visit Phoenix on a budget.

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