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Under $100: Phoenix, Ariz.

by Angelique Platas

Mar 28, 2018

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Under $100 / North America

Seeing the uniquely beautiful deserts and otherworldly scenery of Phoenix, Ariz., can easily be done on a budget — you just have to know where to look. Be prepared to get physical as seeing the sights in Phoenix requires a lot of walking, hiking, light climbing and traversing the impressive landscape for a better view.

Begin with a morning hike at Camelback while the crowds will be low and the weather is cooler. As one of the more popular destinations in Phoenix, Camelback offers exquisite views from the “hump,” an iconic picture point.

Rent a bike for $2 from Grid Bike Share and hit Papago Park for some incredible sightseeing. While there, be sure to check out Desert Botanical Garden and some 50 acres of cacti, towering desert plants and unique blooms against the red rocks in the distance.

Learn about indigenous cultures that inhabited this amazing land at the Heard Museum, $18. See Native American art, learn about the history and plan to attend one of the rotating events from museum yoga and the Indian Fair and Market to a student-run art show.

On a sunny day, opt for lunch or snacks at the museum and sit outside in the courtyard. Enjoy hummus, $9, and a variety of salads, $13–14, or go big with a southwestern entrée, $12–14.

Conveniently, the museum is centrally located and offers easy access to more of the city’s attractions on foot (for free) or by bike. After an active day exploring for free, or close to it, check out the booming restaurant scene and nightlife and feel free to splurge at T. Cook’s or Chelsea’s Kitchen.

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