When you think of the Phoenix, Arizona area you may think of Scottsdale or the incredible golf courses. But the well-known Scottsdale area isn’t the only place to find great dining, the best shopping, and an amazing nightlife scene. Head just north of the Scottsdale master planned community and you will hit Paradise Valley and the surrounding towns that make up north Phoenix. Keep reading to learn all about what north Phoenix has to offer.
A Prime Location for Dining and Shopping
Located off of the Loop 101 at Tatum Boulevard is one of north Phoenix’s hottest shopping centers. Desert Ridge is home to a number of restaurants and has something for everyone. A few popular restaurants located in the vicinity are Yard House and BJ’s Brewery. After indulging in some great food, you can shop until you drop at the outdoor shopping center filled with stores like Bath & Body Works, Ulta Beauty, Designer Shoe Warehouse, and more. After doing some shopping, you can even catch a movie at the onsite AMC theater.
Visit the Musical Instrument Museum
Just down the road from Desert Ridge you can find the Musical Instrument Museum, the largest museum of its type in the world. It opened in 2010 and houses 15,000 instruments from 200 different countries and territories. The Artist Gallery is a must-see with video footage, photos, concert outfits, and more from music icons like Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Taylor Swift. The Experience Galley is where you can touch, play, and listen to a number of different instruments and is a fun opportunity for all ages. Plus, the museum also includes special geographical galleries from around the world like the Europe Gallery and the United States and Canada Gallery.
Take in the Views
To really experience the beauty of north Phoenix, head on over to Camelback Mountain for some hiking and rock climbing. The mountain is named after its shape, which looks like the hump and head of a camel kneeling. It is a prominent landmark in the area and is a great spot for hiking or if you want to be a little more adventurous, you can try out rock climbing.