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Phoenix & Scottsdale, AZ

Look at Greater Phoenix Area in Arizona

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.


French Toast and a Nice Big Sausage Link from Matt's Big Breakfast Located in Phoenix Arizona

Matt's Big Breakfast

825 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Five Spot Platter: Breakfast Sandwich on a Roll with Two Eggs, Thick-Cut Bacon, American Cheese, Grilled Onions, and Choice of Potatoes $12.99

Chop & Chick: Two Eggs and a Skillet-Seared Iowa Pork Rib Chop served with Toast and a Choice of Potatoes $14.99

Hog & Chick: Two Eggs, Choice of Thick-Cut Bacon or Country Sausage served with Toast and Potatoes $13.49

Waffle with Bacon:  $11.49


Daily 7 am to 2 pm

Order Online: Yes

The Amazing Looking Banana Foster French Toast from Original Breakfast House Located in Phoenix Arizona

Original Breakfast House

13623 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

John Wayne Western Omelette: Filled with Ham, Bell Peppers, Onions, and Cheddar Cheese $16.50

Hawaiian Pancakes: Fresh Pineapple, Macadamia Nuts, White Chocolate Chips, and Toasted Coconut. Served with Coconut Cream Syrup $15.00

Triple Berry French Toast: Strawberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries $15.25


Daily 6:30 am to 2 pm

Order Online: No

Jan. Highlight: Get the Chicken Mole Omelet, Fan Favorite Topped with Sour Cream, Queso Fresco, and Crispy Tortilla Chips


Phoenix Zoo

At any given time, approximately 1400 animals call the 125-acre Phoenix Zoo home. The largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States

My List of Favorite Animals Would Like To See

Arabian Oryx

Mexican Wolf

Sumatran Tiger

Andean Bear

Golden Lion Tamarin

Cownose Ray

Burrowing Owl

Spotted-Necked Otter

General Admission Rates:

Adult (14+): $39.95

Child (3-13): $29.95

Animals Like This That Makes Me Want to Visit Phoenix Zoo Located in Arizona

455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008


June 1st - Aug 31 Daily: 7 am - 1 pm

Sept 1st - Oct 31 Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Nov 1st - Jan 17th Daily: 9 am - 4 pm

OdySea Aquarium

The aquarium is home to over 30,000 animals, representing over 500 species, including a wide range of marine animals, such as sharks, rays, sea turtles, penguins, and more. Visitors to the aquarium can experience a range of exhibits and displays, including immersive underwater habitats, interactive touch tanks, and multimedia displays that help to bring the world of aquatic life to life.

The Key Areas of OdySea Aquarium

Voyager: Twenty-Minute Adventure Through Four of OdySea Aquarium's Largest Exhibits While Sitting Comfortably in Stadium-Style Seating

Rivers of the World: The Russian Sturgeon Touch Pool, Sturgeon Cove

Otter Banks: My Favorite Animal, Never Miss Them

Penguin Point

Take the Escalator Down to Deep Ocean: One-of-a-Kind Experience to Watch the Sharks (8 species)

General Admission Rates:

Adult: $44.95

Child (2-12): $34.95

Loggerhead Turtle from OdySea Aquarium Located in Scottsdale Arizona

9500 East Vía de Ventura Suite A-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Hours (12.31.23):

Monday 9 am - 5 pm

Tuesday 9 am - 7 pm

Wednesday 9 am - 7 pm

Thursday 9 am - 7 pm

Friday 9 am - 7 pm 

Saturday 9 am - 7 pm

Sunday 9 am - 7 pm

April Highlight: Odysea "Aquari-RUN" Stride for the Tide 5k ~ April 7th 7:30 am ~ Adult Price $50

Desert Botanical Garden

The garden features over 50,000 plants, representing over 5,000 species, including cacti, succulents, wildflowers, and other desert-dwelling plants. Visitors to the garden can explore a range of exhibits and displays, including immersive desert habitats, interactive exhibits, and educational programs that help to bring the beauty and diversity of the desert to life. The garden also features a variety of special events, including seasonal blooms, night-time events, and seasonal festivities, making it a must-visit for nature lovers, botanists, and anyone looking for a unique and educational day out. Whether you are a plant enthusiast, a student of botany, or simply looking for a peaceful and relaxing way to spend the day

The Key Areas of Desert Botanical Garden

Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail: Hike to the Top for an Amazing View of the Garden & Phoenix

Center For Desert Living Trail

Desert Discovery Loop Trail

Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail

General Admission Rates:

General Admission: $24.95 - $29.95

Youth (3-17): $14.95 - $16.95

Colorful Cactus from Desert Botanical Garden Located in Phoenix Arizona

1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Hours (12.31.23):

Daily 8 am to 8 pm

Feb. Highlight: 85th Anniversary Concert ~ Feb 9th ~ Adult Price $44.95 ~ Contemporary Jazz Fusion

Musical Instrument Museum

The museum is home to over 16,000 musical instruments and artifacts representing over 200 countries and cultures from around the world. Visitors to the museum can experience a range of exhibits and displays, including interactive displays, multimedia presentations, and hands-on exhibits that help to bring the world of musical instruments to life. The MIM also offers a variety of educational programs, concerts, and events, making it a must-visit for music lovers, students of music history, and anyone looking for a fun and educational day out. Whether you are a musician, a music enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique and exciting way to spend the day.

The Key Areas of Musical Instrument Museum

Geographic Galleries: Instruments Broken Down into Major World Regions - Africa, Middle East, Asia & Oceania, Latin America, Europe, and North America

Artist Gallery: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Maroon 5, and More (40 Displays)

Experience Gallery: Hands-On, Cut Loose on Some Drums

Mechanical Music Gallery: Look at Barrel Organs, Cylinder Music Boxes, Disc Players, Automatons, and More

Conservation Lab: See How They Preserve These Instruments from Large Viewing Window

General Admission Rates:

General Admission: $20.00

Teen (13-19): $15.00

Child (4-12): $10.00

African Art Exhibit from Musical Instrument Museum Located in Phoenix Arizona

4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050


Daily 9 am to 5 pm


Classic Pizza French Bread, My Childhood Memories Are Kicking In, Found at Culinary Dropout in Tempe Arizona

Culinary Dropout

149 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281


Monday to Thurs 11 am - 10 pm

Friday 11 am - Midnight

Saturday 10 am - Midnight

Sunday 10 am - 10 pm

Order Online: Yes

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

The M.A.C. Burger: Double Cheeseburger, Onion, Lettuce, Pickle $18.00

Steak Frites: Prime Skirt Steak, Black Truffle Butter, and French Fries $32.00

Fried Chicken: Buttermilk Biscuit, Smashed Potato, Gravy $22.00

Beer Battered Fish & Chips: Coleslaw, Tartar Sauce $20.00

Example of Burger Awesomeness, The Porkster from Rehab Burger Therapy Located in Scottsdale Arizona

Rehab Burger Therapy

7210 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Philly Cheese Fries (Starter): Sauteed Shaved Rib-eye with Peppers & Onions Piled Atop a Basket of Skin-On-Fries Topped with Cheez Whiz and a Drizzle of Sriracha $13.00

The Porkster Burger: Burger with BBQ Pulled Pork and Cheddar Cheese $19.00

Hangover Burger: Burger with Fried Egg, Bacon, Colby Jack Cheese, and Hatch Green Chili $17.75

Tractor Pulled Pork: Spicy Pineapple BBQ Pork Piled High on Choice of Bun $14.50

The Tony Montana: Black Forest Ham, Pulled Pork, Swiss Cheese, and Kosher Dill Pickle Served on a Smashed Baguette with Side of Stone Ground Mustard $14.75


Monday to Weds 11 am - 8 pm

Thursday 11 am - 9 pm

Fri & Sat 11 am - 10 pm

Sunday 11 am - 9 pm

Order Online: No

Jan. Highlight: Bugatti Burger ~ 10 oz Burger Topped with Provolone, Halved Meatballs, Mozzarella, Pepperoni, and Marinara on Ciabatta Bun Toasted with Garlic Butter ~ Limited Availability

A Couple of Ice Cream Cups from Sweet Republic Located in Phoenix Arizona

Sweet Republic

6054 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Flavor Samples From Menu (Seasonal)

  • Caramel Corn

  • Brown Butter Pecan

  • Strawberry Buttermilk

  • Huckleberry Swirl

  • Cherry Chocolate Chip

  • Brownie Girl Swirl

  • Salted Caramel Swirl

Hours (12.5.22)

Sunday to Thurs Noon - 10 pm

Fri & Sat Noon - 11 pm

Order Online: Yes

By the Scoop: Single $4.50 / Double $6.50

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

  • Located Very Close to Musical Instrument Museum & Penske Racing Museum

  • Five Pools - All Temperature Controlled to 82 Degrees with Lazy River, Waterslide, and Private Cabanas

  • Food Options: Tia Carmen (Southwest Farm), Twenty6 (Bourbon Bar/Lounge), Meritage (Urban Tavern), Revive Spa Bistro (Healthy), Just A Splash Bar & Grill (American Fare), and Roy's Pacific Rim (Asian/Hawaiian Flavor) 

  • World-Class Pickleball Center with 17 Lighted Courts - Casual Game for All Ages

  • Who is this for: Golfers, People with Extra Money to Splurge, Pool Loungers, and Older Active People

Some Serious Pool Game from JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort Located in Phoenix Arizona

5350 E Marriott Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85054

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

King Bed in Feb 23' - $785.00

King Bed in April 23' - $869.00

King Bed in April 24' - $1000.00

Check Out the AquaRidge WaterPark

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

  • Located Very Close to TPC Scottsdale & Penske Racing Museum

  • Six Pools -  Waterslides, Adult Only Pool, and Cabana Rentals

  • Food Options: Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar (Pan-Latin Fusion), La Hacienda (Modern Mexican), Ironwood American Kitchen (Farm-to-Table), and Bourbon Steak (Steakhouse) 

  • Who is this for: Golfers, People with Extra Money to Splurge, Pool Loungers, and Spa People

View of Room at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Located in Scottsdale Arizona

7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

King Deluxe in Feb 23' - $785.00

King Deluxe in April 23' - $656.00

King Deluxe in April 24' - $959.00

21 and up fun

The Kilt Lifter, Peanut Butter & Jelly Infused Brew from Four Peaks Brewing Company Located in Tempe Arizona

Four Peaks Brewing Company

1340 E 8th St #104, Tempe, AZ 85281


Serious Black: Russian Imperial Ale | 13.4% ABV

Hop Knot: IPA - American | 6.7% ABV | 47 IBU

Kilt Lifter: Scottish Ale | 6.0% ABV | 21 IBU

8th Street Pale Ale: Pale Ale - English | 4.9% ABV | 21 IBU

Peach Ale: Fruit | 4.5% ABV | 9 IBU

Oatmeal Stout: Stout - Oatmeal | 5.2% ABV | 35 IBU

Hours (12.28.23):

Mon to Thurs 11 am - 10 pm

Friday 11 am - 11 pm

Saturday 9 am - 11 pm

Sunday 9 am - 1o pm

Food Menu is Available

Candy Bar Milk Stout from Fate Brewing Company Located in Scottsdale Arizona

Fate Brewing Company

1312 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257


False Promises: IPA - Hazy | 6.2% ABV | 35 IBU

Hatch Chile Gatos: Chile Beer | 4.5% ABV | 23 IBU

Candy Bar: Milk Stout | 6.0% ABV | 20 IBU

Pineapple Mago Gose: Gose with Sea Salt & Indian Coriander | 4.0% ABV | 5 IBU

Big City Nights: Sour - Blackberry, Honey, Lemon | 6.0% ABV | 5 IBU

Fateful IPA: IPA - American | 6.6% ABV | 85 IBU


Monday to Thurs 11 am - 10 pm

Friday & Saturday 11 am - Midnight

Sunday 11 am - 10 pm

Food Menu is Available

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

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