If you’re visiting Phoenix, you should definitely carve some time out of your trip to hike some of the beautiful mountains surrounding the city. Even if you’re not into “outdoor stuff”, there are still some beginner trails that are extremely easy yet offer very scenic views of the city. For all of our outdoor people that are reading this blog, we wanted to break down our favorite hiking trails in that area that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.
Our number one choice for hiking around Phoenix is Camelback Mountain. This hiking trail is located about 20 minutes outside the heart of downtown Phoenix so you don’t have to drive too far to visit our favorite spot. We’re not going to lie to you, this mountain is one of the toughest places to hike in all of Phoenix. We feel like the trek up this 2,100 foot mountain is definitely worth it though, otherwise we wouldn’t be writing about it! We highly recommend you bring several water bottles and perhaps a snack to give you some energy on the way back down. It takes us on average, about 45 minutes to complete the hike to the top, than another 35 minutes to complete the descent. The hike is extremely sloped upwards, so there are some stretches on the mountain where you have to use your hands to pull yourself up the rocks. We’ve all seen some people eat it pretty hard coming down the mountain because they picked up so much momentum that they couldn’t stop themselves, so be careful on the way down. Another thing to be careful of is bee’s and other wild critters you might find on the trail (especially snakes!). Out of the many years we’ve all lived in the area, we’ve only heard of 2 different occasions where bee’s have swarmed and attacked somebody. We’ve also heard one incident of someone falling off the side of the mountain to their death, also. But when you think about it, hundreds of people hike that mountain everyday so your chances of getting injured or death are extremely small. Be sure to bring your cameras because the top is quite scenic and you’re going to want to remember it!
Our second favorite hiking spot in the Phoenix area would have to be South Mountain. While Camelback only has 2 different trail options, South Mountain is packed with about 20 different trails that go on for miles and miles. The cool thing about these trails are that they are much easier than some of the other trails around. They do have some intermediate ranked trails just in case you want to step you game up a little, but if you’re looking for an easier hike with beautiful views of the city, this hiking trail could be right up your alley.
We wanted to mention that if you head up North a couple hours there are extremely beautiful hikes around the red rock mountains and the climate is much cooler which can make hiking much more pleasant. If you’re in Phoenix however, we highly recommend you follow our advice and hike these trails. We know you’ll love it! Check out our articles on sports and restaurants for more fun things to do in Phoenix! Contact us here with any questions. This post has been sponsored by Poly’s Towing Phoenix, to view their website please click here!
Check out this awesome video that was shot by someone who is at the peak of Camel back Mountain in the Greater Phoenix Area!
Although the sports teams in Arizona haven’t done much lately with exception of the Arizona Cardinals, going to a sports event in Phoenix, AZ is still a great time. One of our favorite things to do on the weekends is hit Chase Field in downtown Phoenix for a D’Backs game. We also like to catch a Coyotes hockey game and hit West Gate before/after, and going to the Cardinals games are always a blast also. With the Phoenix Open being one of the most rowdy golf tournaments on the planet, plus all the Arizona State University sports games constantly going on, the Phoenix area is jam packed with sports almost every day of the year. So, if we were to design our ideal day going to a sports game, what would we do?
As we mentioned earlier, killing a night at the ball park and watching some baseball is always a great time. Chase Field is a beautiful facility that’s filled with great food, drinks, and entertaining people. One of the best parts of going to the ball park in our opinions, is exploring the downtown area around the stadium, both before and after the games. There’s a bar down the street from the stadium called Charlie’s, that’s one of our favorite pregame drinking holes. Another great spot with some rare beers on tap is an Irish bar a few blocks from the fields called McMillan’s. Whenever we grab a bite to eat before the game, we love to hit up Pita Jungle. They have some great and healthy options alongside some more greasy unhealthy options as well, so they really do have a little bit for everyone. Be warned that the Pita Jungle does not serve alcohol, so if you’re going to get some drinks before the game you’ll probably want to head to one of the 2 places we previously mentioned. After the game we like to head to either Postino’s or Hanny’s for some late night food and drinks.
When we’re not killing time watching the D’Backs game, we love to hit up West Gate in Glendale to check out the Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Coyotes sports teams. The Cardinals have actually been playing pretty well in the NFL while the Coyotes have not been doing too hot the past few years in the NHL. The best thing about watching these teams is the awesome restaurants and bars they have surrounding the 2 stadiums. There’s a bar called Whiskey Row, complete with a mechanical bull and all, located in West Gate that is a great place to go if you’re checking out either one of these teams. There’s a Mexican restaurant called Macayo’s about 100 feet from Whiskey Row that has delicious food with a great margarita list. After you watch the games, these 2 spots are also a great place to party afterwards. There are a few other bars and restaurants really close to each other which we haven’t checked out yet, but when we do we will definitely keep you all posted! Thanks for reading and if you have any recommendations when it comes to watching sports in Phoenix, Visit Phoenix staffers would love to hear from you! Here’s a fun video on the history of the D’Backs uniforms!
Phoenix is home to some of the most world renowned chefs in the business. Many top chefs have started restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona, because of the booming nightlife scene and the exploding population. Arizona is one of the cheapest places to live in the western states which makes it very appealing for people living in more expensive states like California & Washington, so we think the chefs realize that the population here in Phoenix is going to continue to rise for many years. This is great news for all of us foodies that love to try new and exciting restaurants! So what are our favorite restaurants in Phoenix? We’re glad you asked!
One of our favorite restaurants in downtown Phoenix is the Tilted Kilt restaurant and brewery. This restaurant started with 1 location, and quickly grew into a 5 restaurant franchise within 10 years! The owner is a great businessman and understands the important of quality food and exceptional customer service, which creates a great experience for the customers every time. When you go here, we recommend to try the Arizona burger! They also have killer appetizers that are always half off Monday-Thursday. As far as their beer selection (for our readers that are 21 & older), we recommend trying the apple crisp beer. This beer consists of an apple blend, partnered with the cool zest of a refreshing beer. On a hot Arizona day, the Tilted Kilt is definitely one of our favorite spots for food and brews.
The Red Devil Italian Restaurant has been service Phoenix residents authentic food for over 20 years. The Red Devil, just like the Tilted Kilt, started off with 1 small eatery in east Phoenix. This restaurant quickly gained popularity with the locals, and was featured on several major news publications with boosted Red Devil straight to the top of the best restaurants in Phoenix list. When you come here, we highly recommend to eat their pizza, wings, cal-zones, & pasta dishes. We know, that’s pretty much everything on their menu, but their food is so good we feel like you gotta try everything at least once. Their bar is nothing too special with just a few good bars on tap, but they do have a bartender that can whip up any mixed cocktail that you fancy. We recommend the Red Devil for hanging out with friends or going on a date with your significant other.
Avanti Restaurant is another Italian restaurant, but one definitely worth mentioning. The family that owns are from Italy and come from a long history of cooking. This family has owned over 20 restaurants all over Italy and decided to pack up and head to the states to bring their authentic Italian cooking to America. When you go to Avanti, you have to get their calamari appetizer. Calamari is lightly breaded and fried octopus that’s served with a side of marinara. This restaurant has a great selection of wine and makes for a great spot to wine and dine with your significant other.
These are our top 3 favorite restaurants in Phoenix, and if you check them out, we know they’ll blow you away! Please take our recommendations and have yourself a great night out with food, drinks, and friends/spouses. Please contact us if you have any feedback on our restaurant picks!