With museums, gardens, restaurants and more, the United States’ fifth-largest city, Phoenix, is worth the drive. Check out the free admission Phoenix Art Museum or the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo and then dine with a mountaintop view at the Different Pointe of View restaurant. 

There’s no question why we chose Phoenix, Arizona for this month’s Hot Spot location.

Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden is a 140-acre botanical garden located in Papago Park. This beautiful garden was established in 1939, and has more than 50,000 plants. They house more than 4,000 taxa and 379 rare, threatened, or endangered species.

Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. It operates on over 100 acres of land and has over 1,400 animals on display. Enjoy 2.5 miles of walking trails divided into four main themes: The Arizona Trail, the Africa Trail, the Tropics Trail, and the Children’s Trail, which includes a petting zoo.

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Southwestern United States. This free museum has galleries that include more than 19,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art as well as fashion design.


Different Pointe of View is the longest consecutively awarded AAA Four-Diamond restaurant in the Valley.

This restaurant offers Floor-to-ceiling windows which really showcase the landscape of Pheonix. Whether you choose to sit indoors or outdoors, you will the dramatic panoramas of the Valley’s desert landscape, the city’s twinkling lights and Arizona’s colorful sunsets. Whether seated indoor or out, you will enjoy a breathtaking mountaintop view during your dining experience.

Desert Shadows RV Resort

Desert Shadows RV Resort in northern Phoenix has an incredible 638 campsites with full hookups and a heated pool. You’ll have easy access to everything Phoenix has to offer from this park.

Phoenix, Arizona has so much to offer travelers – we hope that you’ll consider this great destination for your next vacation.