Things for an easily bored guy to do in Phoenix?

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  1. Pat Healy

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    Looks like Phoenix will be added to my list of regular business travel destinations, right up there with San Francisco, New York City, and London. Hmmm, San Fran, NYC, London and...Phoenix. One of these things is not like the others. But I am determined to make the most of it, and that spirit, what do I need to see? Sightseeing opportunities? Cool restaurants and bars? Music stores? Please tell me there's more to it than desert and golf courses.
     
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    Hike.

    Go to Scottsdale. Eat and drink at the Mission. You WILL thank me for this.

    Go to Four Peaks Brewing and eat and drink.

    Peace.
     
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    There's a national park nearby. Find an outfitter that backs up to it (a few options and lots of reviews online), get a horse and go for a ride through the desert/mountains. You can go with a group and they will give you some instruction if you don't ride. It's absolutely beautiful and something I'll do again when I have enough time during a visit - as long as it's not in summer of course!
     
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    You left out strip malls - miles and miles of them.
     
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    Hike
    Visit Taliesin West
    Eat almost anywhere in Scottsdale
    Hike some more...
     
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    Visit one of the Pizzeria Bianco places. Best pizza in the US by some accounts and the only one to win a Beard award to my knowledge.
     
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    Drive to Vegas? ;) Sorry AZ, I couldn't resist...
     
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    My brother told me about a place in Phoenix called the Musical Intrument Museum http://mim.org/

    Sounds pretty interesting. My brother said it was in Scottsdale, but it's address is Phoenix, so it's by Scottsdale, anyway.

    I've been in Phoenix for work a lot, never found a lot to do with any spare time, its a good place for the easily bored, because you can get bored there easily! But when I get the chance I want to go to this museum.
     
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    If you are there during the summer, don't forget to cook an egg on the sidewalk in the early afternoon sun!

    Dang it gets hot there....

    But seriously, check out some of the Mexican/Asian fusion restaurants that have popped up there. Really interesting stuff!
     
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    That museum is worth going to.

    If you're into art Scottsdale has an Art Walk every week, I think Thursdays, and it's a lot of fun in the cool weather. Multiple galleries open with nosh and wine and other places play off it.
     
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    I've been there and it's a great place to kill a few hours.
     
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    Hard to feel sorry for you with NYC, London and San Fran among your destinations yet I DO..........:messedup
     
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    Do what I did a few years back. Head to Tempe and jog up A Mountain on a 107 degree day. :nuts
     
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    Hit Casey Moore's Oyster House on the corner of 9th and Ash, in Tempe.

    Great food and one of the coolest local pubs around. Real, old school bartenders that make great drinks and they always have good beer on tap.
     
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    I guess my recommendations would have to do with two questions: 1) your age and 2) single/married. I owned a business in Phoenix for 5 years and probably spent 100 days a year there during that time. Phoenix is nothing like any of your other 3 destinations - its not concentrated. More like LA and just sprawled out as far as the eye can see.

    Scottsdale is the party place and where good food is never in short supply. Hopefully you will be staying in that area. Tempe has ASU and if you like baseball - go watch an ASU baseball game. They are usually pretty fun to watch. Downtown reminds me of Los Angeles. Everybody gets the hell out of dodge after work and it can be a ghost town. However, recently there has been a ton of redevelopment work downtown and it seems to be getting a life of its own. Lots of new places. If you're downtown and like sports its an easy walk to see the Suns or Diamondbacks and you can always scalp a cheap ticket out front.
     
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    Check out South Mountain, you can see the whole City from there. I wanted to go at night but didn't get a chance to. Hit up Sweet Republic Ice Cream. Go hiking in the Superstition Mountains, search for the gold of the lost Dutchman! Depending on how much time you have, take a day trip down to Tucson, there's a cool section of the downtown area, restaurants, vintage shops. While you're down there swing thru Saguaro National Park. If you're in Phoenix and you've never been to the Grand Canyon, you MUST schedule a couple extra days to go up there to experience it. Definitely bucket list material. We hiked halfway down the South Kaibab Trail...amazing!
     
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    Lots of good suggestions so far ...

    +1 on the Musical Instrument Museum

    There are some indoor Go Kart places that are fun if you're into that.

    Cave Creek is a beautiful spot.

    If you are there on weekends there are some nice parks not too far away:

    Casa Grande
    Montezuma National Monument
    Grand Canyon
    Wupatki/Sunset Crater (just east of Flagstaff)
    Tonto National Monument

    If it's not too hot there's Goldfield, Tortilla Flats, and hiking in the Superstitions east of Phoenix.

    And Don't forget:
    Flagstaff and Sedona

    There's some stuff in Tucson about 2 hours away:
    Saguaro National Monument
    Desert Museum

    Rainbow Guitars is worth the drive to Tucson.
    Downtown Tucson has some cool stuff including a Pizzaria Bianco ... and then nearby on 4th Avenue where Lyndy's on 4th is.


    :banana
     
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