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Phoenix is the capital and largest city in the state of Arizona. It is the fifth most populated city in the United States. Phoenix is also known as the Valley of the Sun or, as the locals call it, the Valley, and over 4.3 million people live here. Being bored in the Valley is impossible. The Phoenix metropolitan area (including Scottsdale, its adjacent neighbor) offers a bounty of restaurants, activities, events and attractions for every interest. We’ve selected a few of our favorites that are close and convenient to your location. For your quick reference we also added the estimated distance between each attraction in this Guide and your event host hotel, The JW Marriott at Desert Ridge. Inside this Guide you’ll find selections in Dining, Shopping, Revelling (Nightlife), Golfing, Hiking, Exploring (Things to Do in the Phoenix Area), and Day Tripping (Things to Do Outside of Phoenix). Enjoy your stay—we’re glad you’re here!

25 Degrees
www.25degreesrestaurant.com Twenty-five degrees offers a new twist on the traditional American burger joint. 5415 East High Street, Suite 127, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 480-502-1125. 1 mile/1.6 kilometers

Ocean Prime
www.ocean-prime.com Steak and seafood restaurant. CityCenter of CityNorth, 5455 East High Street, Suite 115, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 480-347-1313. 1 mile/1.6 kilometers

White Chocolate Grill
www.whitechocolategrill.com Contemporary American restaurant. 7000 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 480-563-3377. 4 miles/6.4 kilometers

Rhythm and Wine
www.rhythmandwine.com Laid-back wine cafe. 7605 East Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite D-1, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-478-6999. 5 miles/7.5 kilometers

Mastros Ocean Club
www.mastrosrestaurants.com Steak and seafood restaurant. 15045 North Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-443-8555. 6 miles/9.65 kilometers

NoRTH Kierland
www.foxrc.com/north.html A fresh new approach to Modern Italian cuisine. 15024 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 160, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-948-2055. 6 miles/9.65 kilometers


PF Chang’s China Bistro
www.pfchangs.com PF Chang’s China Bistro features Mandarin-style Chinese wok cuisine. 7132 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-367-2999. 6 miles/9.65 kilometers

Pure Sushi
www.puresushibar.com Sushi Bar and dining offering both traditional and eclectic Japanese cuisine. 20567 N. Hayden Rd. Ste. 100, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-355-0999. 6 miles/9.7 kilometers

Zinc Bistro
www.zincbistroaz.com New York Style Parisian Bistro designed with contemporary sensibilities. 15034 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-603-0922. 6 miles/ 9.65 kilometers

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
www.flemingssteakhouse.com Steak & seafood restaurant. 20753 North Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-538-8000. 7 miles/11.3 kilometers

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
www.grimaldispizzeria.com Coal-fired brick oven, New York-style thin crust pizza. 20715 N. Pima Rd #115, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-515-5588. 7 miles/11.3 kilometers

The Herb Box
www.theherbbox.com Organic gourmet eatery. 20707 N. Pima Rd. #140, Scottsdale, AZ Phone: 480-289-6180. 7 miles/11.3 kilometers


Pinnacle Peak Patio
www.pppatio.com Steakhouse which offers mesquite broiled steaks, chicken and ribs along with heaping portions of wild west fun—from live country western music nightly to dancing under the stars. 10426 East Jomax Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-585-1599. 10 miles/16 kilometers

www.sassi.biz This AAA 4 Diamond restaurant transports you to the gracious setting and hospitality of an Italian farmhouse, serving a bounty of fresh local ingredients, handmade pasta, wild caught fish and more than 250 Italian wines. 10455 East Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-502-9095. 10 miles/16 kilometers

Roaring Fork
www.eddiev.com The Roaring Fork’s Wood Fired Cooking captures the spirit of bold American cuisine. 4800 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 1700, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-947-0795. 14 miles/22.5 kilometers

Cowboy Ciao
www.cowboyciao.com Cowboy Ciao features Modern American food with global influences. 7133 East Stetson Drive, Suite 1, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-946-3111, 14.5 miles/23.3 kilometers

Pasta Brioni
www.PastaBrioni.com If you’ve ever eaten at a family-run Italian restaurant back East, you’ll appreciate what Pasta Brioni is all about. 4416 North Miller Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-994-0028. 18 miles/29 kilometers


For those who don’t mind a drive to experience some of the best restaurants, please see the following additional list. Unfortunately, these are not located near the host hotel.

Elements at Sanctuary
www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/content/elements.html American cuisine with Asian accents 5700 East McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ. Phone: 480-948-2100. 13 miles/20.9 kilometers

T. Cook’s at Royal Palms
www.royalpalmshotel.com/phoenix-arizona-dining.php Mediterranean featuring Spanish and Tuscan cuisine 5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 602-808-0766. 14 miles/22.5 kilometers

Coup des Tartes
www.nicetartes.com BYOB French Bistro 4626 N. 16th St, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 602-212-1082. 15 miles/24.1 kilometers

LON’s at the Hermosa
www.hermosainn.com/lons/ Artful American Cuisine 5532 North Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ. Phone: 602-955-8614. 16 miles/25.7 kilometers

Pizzeria Bianco
www.pizzeriabianco.com Named “Best Pizza in the US” by Rachel Ray in 2010 competition. 623 East Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 623-321-3430. 20 miles/32.2 kilometers


www.citynorthaz.com 5155 East Deer Valley Drive, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 480-319-8700. 1 mile/1.6 kilometers

Desert Ridge
www.shopdesertridge.com 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 1 mile/1.6 kilometers

www.kierlandcommons.com Greenway Parkway and Scottsdale Road. 6 miles/ 9.65 kilometers

Scottsdale Quarter
www.scottsdalequarter.com 15279 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-270-8123. 6 miles/9.65 kilometers

Scottsdale Fashion Square
www.fashionsquare.com 7014 E Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-990-7800. 15 miles/23.3 kilometers

Blue Martini Lounge
www.bluemartinilounge.com Live entertainment, tapas, and drinks. 5455 East High Street, Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 480-638-BLUE. 1 mile/1.6 kilometers

San Felipe’s Cantina
www.sanfelipescantina.com Mexican Bar. 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 480-515-BEER. 1 mile/1.6 kilometers


www.sandbaraz.com Ice cold cervezas, sand beneath your feet, and fresh Mexican food. Desert Ridge Marketplace in northeast Phoenix. Tatum Boulevard and Deer Valley Road. 1 mile/1.6 kilometers

The Compound Grill
www.thecompoundgrill.com Southwest “fresh” selections, with the majority of ingredients incorporating a local first, farm-to-table, organic philosophy. 7000 East Mayo Boulevard, Building 21, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 480-585-5483. 4 miles/6.4 kilometers

Greasewood Flat
www.greasewoodflat.net The seating area is outdoors. You come out, stake your claim on the picnic tables then enjoy the cold drinks, burgers or hot dogs, live music under the stars and the warm and toasty campfires—weather permitting. 27375 North Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-585-9430. 11 miles/17 kilometers

Old Town Scottsdale
In this area of Scottsdale, you can find a plethora of nightlife to enjoy, ranging from clubs, bars and lounges, including: Axis/Radius – 7340 E. Indian Plaza Crown Room – 7419 E. Indian Plaza Suede – 7333 E. Indian Plaza Revolver – 7316 E. Stetson Dr. Kazimierz World Wine Bar – 7137 E. Stetson Dr. Martini Ranch & Shaker Room – 7295 E. Stetson Dr. 18 miles/ 29 kilometers


Westin Kierland Golf Experience
www.kierlandresort.com The Westin Kierland Golf Experience brings together perfectly manicured championship golf, the best exercise physiology, top golf instruction, on-site golf equipment fitting and the latest in golf technology all at one location. Enjoy innovative amenities and experiences like Segway transportation, Fore-MAX golf training, climate-controlled golfing and Scottish-themed Golf. 6902 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-624-1000. 6 miles/9.65 kilometers

Troon North Golf Club
www.troonnorthgolf.com Troon North Golf Club is the birthplace and flagship property of Troon Golf, which is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ. To enhance the golf experience, Troon North limits the number of players on both courses and allows more time and space between groups, providing a more relaxed setting with added privacy. Elevated tees offer breathtaking views in every direction. 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-585-5300. 10.5 miles/16.8 kilometers

TPC Scottsdale
www.tpc.com/tpcscottsdale.com TPC Scottsdale offers two legendary championship courses that are both open to the public to enjoy – the Stadium Course and the Champions Course. The Club is the permanent home to The Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly The FBR Open), and hosts many other PGA TOUR events throughout the year. 17020 N Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-585-4334. 5 miles/8.1 kilometers

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
www.scottsdale.hyatt.com Play one of the top rated golf courses in the country. Surrounded by incredible scenery, Gainey Ranch Golf Club offers an exciting yearround challenge for golfers of any skill level. 7500 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-444-1234. 14 miles/22.5 kilometers

McDowell Sonoran Preserve
www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve.asp Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is like no other place in the Valley. Geologically unique, it is home to stunning geography, lush cacti forests and diverse wildlife. It features award-winning trails and facilities. 18333 North Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ. 9 miles/13.6 kilometers

Pinnacle Peak
www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/pinnacle The Sierra Club rates the 150-acre Pinnacle Peak as a moderate hike with an elevation gain of approximately 1,300 feet. The trail has a very smooth tread with a number of ups and downs over the course of the 1.75 mile trail (one way). It is not a loop trail so you come back over the same trail. High point on the trail is 2,889’, the lowest point is 2,366’, and the elevation at the trailhead is 2,570’. Hiking, horseback riding and rock climbing will take you to spectacular views of the valley. Rock climbing, for experienced climbers with appropriate gear, is permitted in three areas of the park with a variety of routes and skill levels. 26802 North 102nd Way, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-3120990. 10 miles/16 kilometers

Camelback Mountain
www.phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikecmlb.html Sheer red sandstone cliffs and its telltale hump draw thousands of hikers to Camelback Mountain each year. Hiking to the top is not for beginning hikers—the two summit trails are strenuous climbs over sometimes-tricky trails. Some easier trails allow close-up exploration around Camelback’s base. Trailheads and trails are open from sunrise to sunset or 7 p.m., whichever comes first. 5700 N. Echo Canyon Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ. 12 miles/19.3 kilometers

Piestewa Peak
www.phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikephx.html Surrounding the base of 2,608-foot Piestewa Peak, the Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area and Dreamy Draw Recreation Area are gateways into diverse desert that offers everything from fantastic views to secluded valleys. You don’t have to fight crowds on the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail to enjoy the area—the area boasts

dozens of miles of trails to enjoy the glory of the Sonoran Desert in relative solitude. An assortment of picnic area nestled in the hills offer a picturesque spot for gathering. 2800 E. Squaw Peak Rd., Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 602-262-6862. 12 miles/19.3 kilometers

Superstition Mountains
www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/superstition-mountains/index.html The Superstitions are the largest of the mountain ranges surrounding Phoenix. They rise steeply above the flat desert to a high point of 5,024 feet, and are characterized by sheer-sided, jagged, volcanic peaks and ridges separated by boulder-filled canyons, all covered by saguaro at low elevations, with other cacti and bushes higher up. There are four trailheads for the most visited western half that includes the Superstition Mountains; at the end of Peralta Road (FR 77, a good quality 8 mile gravel track starting near Gold Canyon), First Water Road (FR 78) branching off Arizona 88 near Goldfield, Canyon Lake Marina, and FR 213, a rough track south from the Apache Trail a few miles beyond Tortilla Flat. For an introduction to the mountains, several short trails start from the Lost Dutchman State Park near Apache Junction. 6109 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ. Phone: 480-952-4485. Approximately 50 miles/80.5 kilometers


The Musical Instrument Museum
www.themim.org The Musical Instrument Museum features more than three thousand instruments and artifacts from around the world, as well as an ongoing program of exciting live performances. 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 480-478-6000. 2 miles/2.4 kilometers

Taliesen West
www.franklloydwright.org Taliesen West was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home. Visitors sit in Wright-designed furniture and experience first-hand the drama of being a guest in Wright’s famous living room. Knowledgeable guides explain how the architecture relates to the natural desert and provide an overview of Wright’s basic theories of design. Tours run throughout the day. 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-860-2700, ext. 494. 11 miles/17.7 kilometers

Cave Creek
www.cavecreek.org Experience the true Arizona in Cave Creek—eclectic shopping, art galleries and the unrivaled beauty of the Sonoran Desert. More than 30 restaurants to choose from, everything from fine dining to cowboy cookouts. Horseback riding, rodeos, country and western dancing, museums, parks and nature preserves, hiking and biking and old mining tours. 37622 N. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ. Phone: 480-488-1400. 12 miles/19.3 kilometers

Heard Museum
www.heard.org For nearly 75 years, the Heard Museum has been a Phoenix landmark, where visitors from across the globe come to learn about the region’s Native cultures and art. The Heard Museum’s exhibit galleries feature a variety of historic, traditional and contemporary Native art and provide an intimate, first-person perspective enhanced by detailed explanation from their talented Las Guias tour guides. Heard North Scottsdale: 32633 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-344-3380. 10 miles/16 kilometers Heard Museum: 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 602-252-8848. 21 miles/33.7 kilometers

Horseback Riding
www.horsebackarizona.com Trail rides take you into the scenic Sonoran Desert, and the foothills of the Tonto National Forest, where riders experience a virtually undisturbed wilderness environment. 44029 North Spur Cross Road, Cave Creek, AZ. Phone: 480-488-9117 or 1-800-758-9530. 16 miles/25.7 kilometers

Scottsdale Art Walk
www.scottsdalegalleries.com There are more than 100 art galleries in Scottsdale. Every Thursday night, the Scottsdale Gallery Association members host special exhibits and join together for an informal “open house” throughout the district. Casual and eclectic, it’s a great time to visit the galleries and learn about the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists. Scottsdale Road & Main Street. 19 miles/30.5 kilometers

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
www.smoca.org SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture, and design. Old Town Scottsdale. 7374 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 480-874-4666. 19 miles/30.5 kilometers

Phoenix Art Museum
www.phxart.org This is one of the largest art museums in the Southwest. Exhibits cover decorative arts, historical fashions, Spanish colonial furnishings and religious art, and, of course, works by members of the Cowboy Artists of America. The collection of modern and contemporary art is particularly good, with works by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Rousseau, and Auguste Rodin. The cafe here is a good spot for lunch. 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ. 24-hour Information: 602-257-1222. 20 miles/32 kilometers


Desert Botanical Garden
www.dbg.org Nestled amid the red buttes of Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. 1201 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ. Phone: 480-941-1225. 23 miles/37 kilometers

Jeep Tours
www.wildwestjeeptours.com Phone: 480-922-0144 www.arizonatrails.com/jeeptours.asp Phone: 480-837-4284 or toll free 1-888-799-4284.

Hot Air Balloons
www.arizonahotairballoons.com Phone: 480-282-8686. 3 miles/4.8 kilometers www.hotairexpeditions.com Phone: 480-502-6999; Toll Free: 1-800-831-7610. 5 miles/8 kilometers

Bartlett Lake
www.bartlettlake.com Bartlett Lake, located in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, is the second largest lake in the Phoenix Metro Valley area. Outdoor enthusiasts frequent Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. While in this part of the Tonto National Forest, visitors may see mule, deer, bald eagles, javelina, coyotes, and many indigenous desert plants, including the majestic saguaro, mesquite trees and blooming ocotillo. Bartlett Lake Marina. 20808 East Bartlett Dam Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Phone: 602-316-3378. 32 miles/51.5 kilometers


Canyon Lake
www.canyonlakemarina.com Less than an hour drive from Phoenix at an elevation of 1,660 feet lies the unspoiled beauty of Canyon Lake. Here, you’ll revel in a playground with more than 28 miles of cactus-dotted shoreline, explore wondrous rock formations, discover peaceful private coves and spot countless species of birds, Big Horn sheep, deer, and javelina roaming freely through the landscape. Waterski, jet ski, or wind sail with over 950 surface acres of sparkling waters to run. Tuck into a secluded cove and fish for bass, trout, and many other kinds of fish, or take a leisurely cruise and marvel at the scenery. 16802 N.E. Highway 88, Tortilla Flat, AZ. Phone: 480-288-9233. 60 miles/96.5 kilometers

Montezuma Castle
www.nps.gov/moca/index.htm Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20-room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape. Take your time as you wander the trails exploring pre-historic Sinaguan cliff dwellings, pueblo ruins, and a 1,000 year old irrigation ditch that still in use by local residents today. 2800 Montezuma Castle Highway, Camp Verde, AZ. Phone: 928-567-3322. 86 miles/138 kilometers

www.visitsedona.com The beautiful red rock country is a must-see day trip— beautiful scenery, eclectic shops, art galleries and great restaurants. Visitors conveniently can spend a day hiking, horseback riding, or bouncing in a Jeep on trails and dirt roads that crisscross this area. Indeed, this is the paradox and enchantment of Sedona: luxurious resorts and bed and breakfasts, unique shops, impressive art galleries and fine restaurants nestled in an unusually rugged canyon surrounded by an expansive national forest. 108 miles/173.8 kilometers

www.azjerome.com “America’s Most Vertical City” and “Largest Ghost Town in America”. Located high on top of Cleopatra Hill (5,200 feet) between Prescott and Flagstaff is the historic copper mining town of Jerome, AZ. Today the mines are silent, and Jerome has become the largest ghost town in America. Jerome is now a bustling tourist magnet and artistic community with a population of about 450. It includes a modicum of artists, craft people, musicians, writers, hermits, bed and breakfast owners, museum caretakers, gift shop proprietors and fallen-downbuilding landlords. Due to the 30-degree incline of the mountainside, gravity has pulled a number of buildings down the slope. To the delight of some, one of those buildings was the town’s jail. Those buildings still standing make for interesting visiting and with a little research you can find their historical significance. 121 miles/194 kilometers

Kartchner Caverns
www.azparks.com/Parks/KACA/index.html Kept secret since its discovery in 1974, Kartchner Caverns was announced to the world in 1988. Still virtually pristine, this massive limestone cave has 13,000 feet of passages and two rooms as long as football fields. Finally opened as a state park November 12, 1999, this underground wilderness will remain protected while offering visitors a rare tour through multicolored cave formations. All tours are guided by a trained tour guide. Reservations are strongly recommended. Arizona-90 South, Saint David, AZ. 520-586-CAVE. 183 miles/294.5 kilometers

www.cityoftombstone.com “The Town too Tough to Die,” Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona’s old mining camps. Days of lawlessness and violence, which nearly had thenPresident Chester A. Arthur declaring martial law in Tombstone and sending in military troops to restore order, climaxed with the infamous Earp-Clanton battle, fought near the rear entrance of the O.K. Corral, on October 26, 1881. The citizenry of Tombstone decided rather than

depending on a vanishing mining industry, they would focus their time and energy on tourism and restoration. Truly a Historical American Landmark, Tombstone is America’s best example of our 1880 western heritage, which is well preserved with original 1880’s buildings and artifacts featured in numerous museums. 201 miles/323 kilometers

Grand Canyon
www.nps.gov/grca It may be well worth your while to plan a short trip to the Grand Canyon while you are in Arizona. While camping, mule tours, air tours and back country hiking trips may be a part of some vacation plans, often people just want to drive up for a day or two, see the magnificence of the Grand Canyon, and then head back to the Phoenix area. If you plan to go to the Grand Canyon for just the day, you can get in at least 4 or 5 hours before heading back home. This, of course, assumes you leave early and prepare for a long, tiring day. Phone: 928-638-7888. 220 miles/354 kilometers

Hualapai Skywalk
www.destinationgrandcanyon.com The glass walkway protruding over the rim is on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, not in the Grand Canyon National Park. The Skywalk is at the west end of Grand Canyon approximately 250 miles (400 km) from the South Rim. Peach Springs, AZ. For information or to make reservations: 877-716-9378 or 702-878-9378. 267 miles/429.6 kilometers


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