10 Favorite Tourist Attractions in Metro Phoenix

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Andrew Pielage

After having lived in a place for a while, it's easy to get caught up in routine and forget about exploring the places that make our cities destinations.

Putting on your tourist cap should be fun. And that's why we've gathered up our 10 favorite tourist attractions in (and around) Phoenix that are fun for visitors -- and locals, too.

See also: 13 Favorite Places to See Art in Phoenix

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Andrew Pielage
View a slideshow tour of Tovrea Castle.

Tovrea Castle

A small but charming eye-catcher off the Loop 202, Tovrea Castle has puzzled residents and tourists alike. The little-known history of the landmark dates back to 1930 when Alessio Carraro came to Arizona and completed his project of developing a resort and housing subdivision just east of Phoenix. The cake-like structure that is seen now was part of Carraro's hotel. It became the home of Edward Ambrose Tovrea and his wife Della, whom Carraro sold the property to only two years after finishing the project. The castle is open for tours Friday through Sunday in the mornings, and prices range from $10 to $15. Book your tour at www.tovreacastletours.com.


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Tovrea Castle and Carraro Cactus Garden

5041 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Camelback Mountain/Echo Canyon Recreation Area

5950 N. Echo Canyon Parkway, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: General

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Taliesin West

12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Cosanti Originals

6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: General

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Salt River Tubing & Recreation

1320 N. Bush Highway, Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix/Ro Ho En

1125 N. Third Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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20 comments
Jeannette Passaretti
Jeannette Passaretti

Taliesen West is pricey, no doubt. But it's amazing. Do a little research beforehand and you'll find there are plenty of houses in the Phoenix area that were designed by Wright. Take a tour of them on your way back. You won't be sorry.

Jason P Harris
Jason P Harris

I looked the list over, i was quite surprised to see that everywhere is like 20 bucks admission, but i found some neat info in there, another cool place to go and wont cost a dime is

Keith Woodson
Keith Woodson

How about the Metro center? That should be a tourist attraction.

Kurt O. Ashley
Kurt O. Ashley

I Love Phoenix (Arizona) :-) even though I am from the Arizona Navajo Nation (U.S.A.) ;-)

Cheryl Cherewaty
Cheryl Cherewaty

I liked resale shopping in the Melrose area when I was in Phoenix. One of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed churches was near that area too. Also an awesome place to eat was at Hulas Modern Tiki :)and Alice Cooperstown was cool!

Linda Hale
Linda Hale

I was just in Scottsdale yesterday and drove on Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Amazing architecture for sure.

missmara
missmara

The Phoenix area definitely has some really amazing hiking spots. I think the weather, plus our outdoor activities are some of our best draws (except during the summer time of course :)).

Cameren Martinez
Cameren Martinez

Good blog! Photo I took hiking thunderbird park @ 67th and the 101. Really cool trail! (should be on the list I think lol) Cameren Photography

Kaayla Taylor
Kaayla Taylor

Been to all of them except the hiking trail. All a good time.

Traci Phelps
Traci Phelps

Never even heard of the Musical Instrument Museum. I've lived here 26 years. Also shit tons of people come here to see the Cubs, which is going on now.

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