When I originally wrote this post, almost a year ago I was still dreaming of living in Arizona. I had just taken a trip out to Phoenix to see a friend, and I was feeling so inspired by the scenery. Flash forward to now, SO MUCH HAS CHANGED. I’m finally out here, and this time for good so I wanted to give an updated version of the most photogenic spots I’ve found in the Phoenix area.
Okay, so this one technically isn’t in Phoenix but I had to include it because it’s just so freaking gorgeous. The Apache Junction is only about an hour out of Phoenix making it the perfect day or even half-day trip! Here you can find tons of hikes at Lost Dutchman State park, or just scattered around the area. You can also find the Goldfield Ghost Town which is especially a fun attraction if you have children with you (but honestly it’s great either way.)
Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum is located in downtown Phoenix. This museum had so many displays but my favorite by far would have to be the firefly room pictures above which featured millions of little string lights to mimic fireflies in the summer. Admission is only $10 for students, but they also have free days which you can find information about on their website.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
McDowell Sonoran Preserve is located in the Scottsdale area. It has a ton of trails for all different activities and skill ranges. It’s free to visit however donations are always accepted and appreciated. I should also add it’s absolutely breathtaking at golden hour.
Desert Botanical Garden
Located in Scottsdale, this is a nature preserve dedicated to plants from all different deserts. They showcase different artists sculptures, and also host workshops from time to time. Additionally, they also have a monarch butterfly garden that is purely surreal.
In downtown Phoenix you can find Roosevelt Row. Roosevelt Row is basically a district of downtown Phoenix that is filled with street art, cafes, small bars, and stores. I usually park my car in one of ASU’s lots and then walk around from there. Be sure to explore all around because the best murals are found in between the alleys.