It’s the best time of year in the Valley for a good reason. While the rest of the country is thawing out, Phoenix ramps up with tons of events and things to do.
Hiking is one of the most popular pastimes of both locals and visitors. Phoenix’s mild temperatures in the spring mean any time of day is ideal for setting out on a climb. Popular hikes around town include iconic Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, home to two trails Cholla and Echo, both leading to rewarding views at the top. This is one of the most popular hiking spots in the spring so if you’re hoping to avoid crowds, pass on this one. McDowell Mountain Preserve and Pinnacle Peak are great options in North Scottsdale and offer something for hikers of all skill levels. In Phoenix, South Mountain and Piestewa Peak are popular picks while Lost Dutchman State Park in the Superstition Mountains offers a vast expanse of desert exploring. No matter where you decide to go, consider setting out later in the day to catch the breathtaking sunsets that Arizona is known for.
Home to an abundant number of golf courses, Arizona is known as a mecca for the leisurely sport. If you can’t find a course here that you enjoy, then you probably don’t enjoy golf. While Scottsdale boasts some of the state’s most well-known courses like TPC Scottsdale, home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and Troon North Golf Club, among others, golfers can find somewhere to tee up anywhere in the Valley. Quintero, We-Ko-Pa, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes and The Boulders are all great choices around the Valley.
With such amazing year-round weather, many restaurants around the Valley offer amazing patios that can easily be enjoyed during any season. But in the spring, alfresco dining is practically all the locals want to do. Stop into Isabella’s Kitchen for a sprawling patio area that feels like a spacious backyard. Located on Grayhawk golf course, diners can enjoy fairway views, roaring fire pits, cozy couches, a large lawn and an indoor-outdoor bar. Other great patios that never disappoint include iconic El Chorro in Paradise Valley (order their famous sticky buns!) and LON’s, a local favorite and historic destination with a romantic, charming patio for kicking back. For waterfront dining, post up on Olive & Ivy’s patio after a day of shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square.
As one of only two states to host Spring Training, enjoying a Cactus League game is a must even for those not interested in baseball. With 10 stadiums around the Valley, the month-long event attracts visitors from all over the country looking to root on their home team. For a laidback experience, purchase a lawn ticket to any of the 200-plus games and sprawl out under the warm sun while snacking on stadium food and people watching. Even aside from the actual games, the Valley comes alive during Spring Training and it’s one of the best times of year to visit Phoenix due to the energy of the city.
Museums & Music
Some of the biggest, best music fests to enjoy include Country Thunder, a four-day festival in Florence bringing together Country’s biggest names; M3F, a local staple that’s a 100-percent nonprofit event established in 2004 and showcases an eclectic lineup of big-name artists; and the Phoenix Lights Festival, an electrifying dance music festival. Spring is also a great time to explore some of Phoenix’s most popular outdoor attractions like the Desert Botanical Gardens, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, the Phoenix Zoo and tons more.