Arizona Bucket List ~ Phoenix and Central Arizona Region

Home of the “snow birds” that don’t head to Florida, Phoenix is a well visited part of the state, especially in the winter! Here are some fun things to check out in that area!


  • Casa Grande Ruins National Monument: Preserves structures from the Pueblo III and IV eras.


  • University of Phoenix Stadium: Home of the Arizona Cardinals. I’d love to take a tour of the facilities.

Litchfield Park

  • Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, and Safari Park: This huge zoo has a focus on African and South American animals.


  • Biosphere 2: This is an American Earth system science research facility. It would be so neat to tour.


  • Arizona Science Center: Hands-on learning fun!
  • Desert Botanical Garden: Experience the beauty of desert plants.
  • Heard Museum: Museum dedicated to American Indian art.
  • Japanese Friendship Garden: Beautiful and relaxing garden in which to take a stroll.
  • Musical Instrument Museum: Fun place for a music major like me to explore.
  • Phoenix Zoo: Largest privately owned zoo in the United States.
  • South Mountain Park and Preserve: Fun place to go hiking.


  • Butterfly Wonderland: Huge rain forest habitat that is filled with butterflies of all kinds.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West: Tour this architectural wonder.
  • OdySea Aquarium: This is the largest aquarium in the Southwest.


  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park: The largest and oldest botanical garden in Arizona.


  • Arizona Heritage Center: Arizona’s center for history.

All attractions can be found in the 2019 Arizona Travel Guide.



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