24 Hours in Phoenix. Photo credit: Katrina Woznicki

Sick of the cold already? Phoenix, Arizona, is an ideal winter getaway with day time temperatures hovering around the low 70s, evenings temperatures falling to the 50s, and abundant sunshine in between. There’s no better time to explore the desert than the peak of winter. Ride a bike, hike a trail, enjoy great food, and see great art all in the same place. With cheap tickets to Phoenix, now is the time to pack your sunscreen and get an early start to spring break.


Morning
Hot coffee may not be what you have in mind when visiting Phoenix, but the city whips up a great cup of joe that is on par with its West Coast neighbors like Seattle and Los Angeles. Lux Central coffee is where Arizonians go to cool off or warm up. Located at 4402 North Central Avenue, Lux offers a full range of coffee drinks and full menu, from breakfast to lunch to dinner.
There’s the “Farmers Market Vegetable Three-Egg Scramble” for $11 that will provide enough protein to send you hiking and biking all day. Or how about pancakes with homemade whipped cream for $9? Fuel up with Lux’s various brews, like the “Red Eye” for $3.50. Oh, and the orange and grapefruit juices are freshly squeezed.


Afternoon
Winter is the perfect time to hike and bike around Phoenix’s many city parks and take in its unique landscape. Smother on some sunscreen and hike the Cholla trail on Camelback Mountain
or Piestawa Peak at Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Papago Park is only 10 minutes from downtown and offers many trails with views of huge sandstone buttes. Nearby is the Phoenix Zoo
and Desert Botanical Garden. Make sure your smartphone batteries are fully charged because the views will provide amazing photo opportunities. For lunch, Phoenix offers the world, from Thai food to Ethiopian entrees to Japanese cuisine to American West steakhouses to vegan cafes.


Evening
Now until May 18, 2014, the tentacled glass art works of Dale Chihuly are on display at the Desert Botanical Garden. This exhibit is best enjoyed at sunset and it is spectacular. There is nothing like it. Chihuly’s colorful pieces mingle beautifully with the twists and turns of the desert flora lovingly cultivated by the Desert Botanical Garden staff. With 140 acres and more than 50,000 plant displays, a walk through a desert oasis is the perfect way to cap a day in Phoenix. Grab a zesty Southwestern dinner and a glass of wine at Gertrudes, a farm-to-table restaurant at the Botanical Garden. Arizona knows how to do sunsets and watching the sun dip and cast silhouettes of the cacti is an image you won’t forget.

For more information about sightseeing around Phoenix, visit http://www.visitphoenix.com.

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Photo credit: Katrina Woznicki

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