How To Spend 48 Hours In Phoenix, Arizona.

How To Spend 48 Hours In Phoenix, Arizona.

Hey friends! So I just back from a trip Phoenix. We were there for my boyfriend’s work trip so I spent most of my days in a hotel room BUT we managed to squeeze in a few activities so I thought I would share with you how to spend 48 hours in Phoenix! This was my first time exploring the Phoenix area as I’ve only ever been to the airport for flight connections but I definitely want to return so I can explore some more.

Originally published: June 20, 2016 | Updated November 25, 2017


How To Spend 48 Hours In Phoenix, Arizona


Where To Stay

Wig Wam Resort In Litchfield Park

This is the hotel we stayed at during our work trip and I highly recommend it! It’s a bit on the pricier side but it’s well worth it for the extra bit of luxury you get. I spent most of my time hanging out by one of the three swimming pools located there (but no tan to prove it) while catching up on some reading and it was just what the doctor ordered. There’s also a ton of cute bars and restaurants all within walking distance of the resort.

As the 13th-biggest city in the United States, the Phoenix area is exploding with culinary and cultural flavor. Here's how to spend 48 hours in Phoenix.


What To Do

Catch a Diamondbacks Game At Chase Field

I’m really not a fan of sports but even I was in awe of how amazing Chase Field was. I mean, any sports arena that has its own swimming pool inside of it must be pretty awesome. We watched the Diamondbacks take on the Dodgers (Go Dodgers!) and the crowd energy was so infectious that I had a blast. The roof was closed on the day we went so even though it was 105 degrees outside, it was a comfortable 74 degrees inside.

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Visit The Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is a 140 acres botanical garden located in Papago Park in Phoenix and it has OVER 21,000 different plants! This is a bit on the pricier side (about $22 a person), but it’s well worth it – especially if you’re a cactus lover like I am.

Hike Camelback Mountain

There are two different routes you can take – we chose Echo Canyon. We didn’t complete the hike since there was 100-degree heat advisory but it was so beautiful and it was great exercise. I definitely don’t recommend this if you’re new to hiking or if you have an inversion to heights though.

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As the 13th-biggest city in the United States, the Phoenix area is exploding with culinary and cultural flavor. Here's how to spend 48 hours in Phoenix.


Where To Eat

Chelsea’s Kitchen

I really love industrial style eatery’s (they seem to be popping up everywhere here at home) and Chelsea’s Kitchen is my new favorite. It’s American style comfort food at it’s finest. If you can, get a seat on the patio overlooking the canal – it’s the perfect place to sip on some sangria and eat a hamburger.

Welcome Diner

The Welcome Diner is a tiiiiiiny 1945 style diner with counter seating and a menu filled with comfort food featuring Southern flair. The seating inside is extremely limited, but the outside seating is a nice for a group of people (and dogs!!). They’re open late, making it the perfect place to stop for some after drink snacks.

Culinary Dropout

First, what an amazing name. The Culinary Dropout is a cool, British-style gastropub chain with quirky decor, inventive cocktails, and the best comfort food.We visited here for a quick bite to eat and it was like we stepped into a London pub! I recommend getting the pretzel bites with hot cheese sauce. It can get a bit busy so be sure to plan your visit accordingly.

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What are some things that you recommend doing in the Phoenix area?

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As the 13th-biggest city in the United States, the Phoenix area is exploding with culinary and cultural flavor. Here's how to spend 48 hours in Phoenix.
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Bri is the Harry Potter obsessed founder of Wondering & Wandering. When she's not blogging or traveling, you can usually find her in bed with a good book and a glass of wine.
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