Positioned in the cozy embrace of surprisingly lush desert mountains and an evolving urban landscape, the Phoenix metropolitan has grown to be the darling of the Southwest. For the outdoor enthusiast, it’s a haven for hiking, mountain biking and more, while those seeking a calming retreat can take advantage of luxurious spas and the laid-back atmosphere of local resorts. Follow this two-day itinerary and you’ll pack in much of the best of both.
Start your day with local favorite Matt’s Big Breakfast – a popular eatery that’s been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. Waffle aficionados swear by their made-from-scratch Belgian-style offering that comes with side of sweet cream butter, real maple syrup and their addictive (don’t say we didn’t warn you) thick cut bacon.
Burn a few of those delicious calories off a short drive away at Papago Park. There are several miles of easy-to-trek trails snaking their way past the park’s red rock buttes, including the Double Butte Loop Trail that stretches for just over two miles. Head to the other side of the park to the iconic Hole-in-the-Rock for Instagram-worthy views of the metro area.