Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Greater Phoenix

Heard Museum

This extraordinary museum spotlights the history, life, arts and culture of American Indian tribes in the Southwest. Visitors will find art galleries, ethnographic displays, films, a get-creative kids exhibit and an…
Top Choice Museum in Greater Phoenix

Musical Instrument Museum

From Uganda thumb pianos to Hawaiian ukuleles to Indonesian boat lutes, the ears have it at this lively museum that celebrates the world's musical instruments. More than 200 countries and territories are represented…
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 American Indian in Greater Phoenix

Kai Restaurant

American Indian cuisine – based on traditional crops grown along the Gila River – soars to new heights at Kai ('seed'). Expect creations such as grilled buffalo tenderloin with smoked corn puree and cholla buds, or …
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-sized cas…
Top Choice New Mexican in Greater Phoenix

Dick's Hideaway

At this pocket-sized ode to New Mexican cuisine, grab a small table beside the bar or settle in at the communal table in the side room and prepare for hearty servings of savory, chile-slathered New Mexican fare, fro…
Top Choice Market in Greater Phoenix

Desoto Central Market

Making great use of a sensitively restored 1920s DeSoto dealership, this indoor 'market' is really a collective of inventive kitchens, slinging their goods together under the one roof. Special mention goes to New So…
Top Choice Cafe in Greater Phoenix

Phoenix Public Market

This buzzing barn of a place – the on-site cafe for Arizona's largest farmers market – attracts a dedicated clientele of ASU students, local professionals at lunch, vegetarians and food lovers of all stripes. The ho…
Top Choice Mexican in Greater Phoenix

The Mission

With its dark interior and glowing votives, we'll call this nuevo Latin spot sexy – although our exclamations about the food's deliciousness may ruin the sultry vibe. The Tecate-marinated steak taco with lime and av…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Greater Phoenix

Bitter & Twisted

Housed in the former Arizona Prohibition Headquarters, this stylish seating-only cocktail bar shakes up some serious mixes and slings some delicious food to keep drinkers upright. Particularly lip-smacking is the dr…