Downtown Phoenix is bustling with activities for foodies, fans and families.
- Sports fans can see the Diamondbacks at Chase Field or the Phoenix Suns or Mercury at Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center), both bordered by great places to eat before or after the game.
- Head to Majerle's (pronounced: "Marley's", named after Phoenix Suns legend Dan Majerle) or Alice Cooper'stown for good eats at these downtown Phoenix restaurants with other fans.
Arts & Culture
- Catch a live performance at the Herberger Theatre , Orpheum Theatre , Valley Youth Theatre or Symphony Hall .
- The Metro Light Rail takes you to the Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum , both just a couple stops north of downtown.
- You can also catch Artlink's First Fridays, on the first Friday evening of every month, where all the art galleries, shops, bars and restaurants stay open late and vendors and street performers entertain crowds on Roosevelt Row and beyond.
- Downtown's Roosevelt Row was recently named by USA TODAY as one of the 10 best city art districts in America. Explore the eclectic galleries and spaces after dark this summer, as many businesses in the neighborhood will be staying up until 9 p.m. or later throughout the season.
- Be sure to check out the Children's Museum of Phoenix , housed in a historic school that's known for the [pool] Noodle Forest, their tricycle carwash, and the three-story Climberini among numerous other exhibits.
- Also, head to the Arizona Science Center for their hands-on exhibits and the Dorrance Planetarium.
- You might recognize some of our best downtown Phoenix restaurants from the Food Network, where Pizzeria Bianco has been highlighted, as well as Matt's Big Breakfast . Expect a wait at both, but the food is worth it.
- Be sure to also stop by Hanny's , Phoenix's first department store, now turned into a hip spot for eats and drinks.
- Don't miss the intricate and delicious creations by renowned Chef Nobuo Fukuda at Nobuo at Teeter House .
- Take your pick of nearly 50 craft creations at the unique Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour , housed in the historic 1924 Luhrs Building.
- If you're downtown for work or a convention, head to one of our top spots for lunch in the area.
Traveling by air
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is served by 17 competitively priced carriers. The airport is located in the middle of Greater Phoenix, less than ten minutes from downtown, and within 20 miles of almost all of our towns and cities.
Convenient transportation to the airport comes by way of PHX Sky Train. This driverless people mover transports Valley Metro Light Rail passengers to the airport from the 44th Street/Washington Street station.
The smaller Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, located in the southeastern part of Greater Phoenix, offers non-stop passenger service to more than 30 U.S. cities.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport : (602) 273-3300, skyharbor.com
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport : (480) 988-7600, phxmesagateway.com
Traveling by land
Once you've landed, there are several ways to navigate the city, from rental cars to taxis to public transportation .
The Valley Metro Light Rail runs from central Phoenix, through downtown, to Tempe and Mesa in the east. Stations are close by and run right by some of the area's top attractions, such as the Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Science Center, Chase Field, Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center), Arizona State University and more.
A one-way pass on the light rail costs $2 or an all-day pass is $4, which can be purchased at the ticket vending machines at each station.
Amtrak's southern most route, Sunset Limited, also makes a stop in nearby Maricopa.