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Top Choice Breakfast in Greater Phoenix

Matt's Big Breakfast

First, a warning: even on weekdays lines are often out the door. There are no reservations, so sign your name on the clipboard and expect a 20-minute wait (and bring quarters for the meter). The upside? Best. Breakf…
Top Choice Gardens in Greater Phoenix

Desert Botanical Garden

Blue bells and Mexican gold poppies are just two of the colorful showstoppers blooming from March to May along the Desert Wildflower Loop Trail at this well-nurtured botanical garden, a lovely place to reconnect wit…
Top Choice Museum in Greater Phoenix

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Even if you're not staying in Mesa, this museum is worth a trip, especially if your kids are into dinosaurs (and aren't they all?). In addition to the multi-level Dinosaur Mountain, there are loads of life-size cast…
Top Choice South American in Tucson

Cafe Poca Cosa

At this award-winning nuevo-Mexican bistro a Spanish-English blackboard menu circulates between tables because dishes change twice daily. It's all freshly prepared, innovative and beautifully presented. The undecide…
Top Choice American in Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

Grand Canyon Lodge Dining Room

Although seats beside the window are wonderful, views from the dining room are so huge it really doesn't matter where you sit. While the solid dinner menu includes buffalo steak, western trout and several vegetarian…
Top Choice Native American in Greater Phoenix

Kai Restaurant

Native American cuisine soars to new heights at Kai, enhanced and transformed by traditional crops grown along the Gila River. Dinners strike just the right balance between adventure and comfort. Dress nicely (no sh…
Top Choice Museum in Flagstaff

Museum of Northern Arizona

An attractive Craftsman-style stone building amid a pine grove, this small but excellent museum spotlights local Native American archaeology, history and culture, as well as geology, biology and the arts. It's on th…
Top Choice Historic Building in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Desert View Watchtower

The marvelously worn winding staircase of Mary Colter's 70ft stone tower, built in 1932, leads to the highest spot on the rim (7522ft). From here, unparalleled views take in not only the canyon and the Colorado Rive…
Top Choice American in Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

El Tovar Dining Room & Lounge

Dark-wood tables are set with china and white linen, eye-catching murals spotlight Native American tribes and huge windows frame views of the Rim Trail and canyon beyond. Breakfast options include El Tovar's pancake…
Top Choice Mexican in Tusayan

Sophie's Mexican Kitchen

Festooned with colorful papel picado (cut paper banners), this cheery restaurant offers Mexican food like street-style tacos, fajitas and a few vegetarian options.