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Best Local Scene in Phoenix

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Downtown Phoenix

Located at the intersection of Washington Street and Central Avenue, 'Downtown Phoenix' has something for everyone—museums, cultural venues, sports venues, music halls, theaters and much more. This place is an snapshot of 20th century architectural style. It has many mid-rise and high-rise buildings and also houses the popular Heritage and Copper Squares, which are the corporate, governmental and cultural hubs of the city.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Copper Square

When visiting Phoenix, this 90-block area is where most visitors come for entertainment, sports, business and shopping. The area is roughly placed within Fillmore and Jefferson Streets to the north and south and between 7th Street and Central Avenue to the east and west, respectively. At night, guests can enjoy dinner or a movie at the Arizona Center, or go see the NBA's Phoenix Suns play at the Talking Stick Resort Arena and when in season, the MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks swing the bats right next door at Chase Field. At Cityscape, visitors can finish off their day on one of the bowling lanes at Lucky Strike Lanes or have a casual dinner at the Arrogant Butcher or hit some shops. Needless to say, you never really have to leave this part of town!

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Chase Field

Downtown Phoenix's hottest sports fixture is this immense masterpiece of engineering. Home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the facility seats more than 48,000 and features a retractable roof that exposes the natural turf to sunlight. During the intense heat of summers here, this air-conditioned ballpark cools down the heated competition. Other highlights of the building include a pool and spa that can be reserved for private parties. Tours are available year-round and last a little more than an hour.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Historic Heritage Square

For a look into the history of Arizona as it was in the late 19th Century, visit Historic Heritage Square and its environs. One of the highlights in downtown Phoenix, it is filled with other sites including the opulent Rosson House which dates back to 1895. This Queen Anne structure has been fully restored and today functions as a museum recreating the magic of a time long forgotten. For a bite to eat, the noted Pizzeria Bianco is just around the corner. Other sites in the square include the Arizona Doll & Toy Museum, and if you wish to escape even the 21st Century, right next door you'll find the Arizona Science Center.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Central Avenue

Central Avenue is a the dividing strip which separates east and west Phoenix and it is the backbone of the downtown area. With a history that dates back to the foundation of the city, Central Avenue has always been at the forefront of development and growth. Known primarily for its entertainment and commercial use, the avenue is scattered with skyscrapers, museums and modern architecture. Also right off the avenue, visitors can see some historic residential neighborhoods, such as the Willo and Coronado districts.

Phoenix, AZ, United States
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Glendale Antiques District

From the old-fashioned clock standing in Murphy Park, to the eclectic variety of antique and collectible stores, this charming place returns to an easier time. The climate in this section of Glendale exudes palpable warmth, demonstrated by painted merchant windows, charming floral decor and a statue of a gentleman feeding pigeons in the park. Have an ice cream at Kimberly Ann's Victorian Ice Cream Parlor in Downtown Glendale, or slip into one of many antique stores. You could purchase a pedal car at Smilin' Jack's or perhaps locate a leather-bound old friend at Coury House. Find an infinite variety of gift items and furnishings all along Glendale, then north to historic bungalows in the Catlin Court District. Enjoy merchant displays and food in an open-air market every Saturday from October through May, held in Murphy Park at 58th and Glendale avenues. Save your feet and take the town trolley.

Glendale, AZ, United States
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