Here’s what to do when you’re not taking in The Greatest Show on Grass.
Heading to Phoenix for the 2022 Waste Management Open? Well, you’re in luck – it’s consistently ranked as one of the top sunny cities in the United States. With an average of 300 sunny days per year, Phoenix is the perfect place to visit — particularly in the middle of a dreary winter.
Besides watching the pros hit the links, here are a few terrific activities to include in your visit.
Relax and unwind
Nothing says relaxation quite like a day at the spa, and the greater Phoenix area is home to many world-class spas. A few of the more notable places to find your zen include the Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Agave at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, and Aji Spa at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.
Whether it’s a facial, a massage, or a full-body exfoliating scrub, many of the spas in Phoenix draw from healing elements found in the surrounding Sonoran Desert and honor ancient Native American healing and wellness practices.
Play a round
Just because you’re in Phoenix to watch the pros doesn’t mean you can’t also fine-tune your own golf swing. The sunny climate and desert terrain make for picturesque and unforgettable golf experiences. While it would be difficult to book your own tee time at TPC Scottsdale, there are plenty of other premier golf courses in the area.
The Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale features two courses, the Monument and the Pinnacle, which are beautifully set along the slopes of Pinnacle Peak. About 45 minutes northwest of Phoenix, surrounded by the Hieroglyphic Mountains, is the Quintero Golf Club in Peoria. Its location in the mountains provides an idyllic combination of desert and mountain golf, according to Golf Digest.
Take a hike
Whether you’re an experienced or a novice hiker, Phoenix has some of the best hiking in the country. The Blevins Trail in Usery Mountain Regional Park is a relatively easy three-mile loop that provides an ideal introduction to the Sonoran Desert scenery. Likewise, the nearly two-mile Waterfall Trail in White Tank Mountain Regional Park provides a wide path and rocky outcroppings.
If you have a bit more hiking experience under your belt, you might want to try the Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback Mountain. The summit of Camelback Mountain is one of the highest peaks in Phoenix so, while it’s a truly challenging climb that’s best left to hiking pros, a fantastic view awaits you at the top!
Visit a museum
The rich history and culture of American Indians can be seen and felt throughout Arizona. Take an afternoon to learn more at the Heard Museum, which is dedicated “to the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes.” The Phoenix Art Museum features a wide array of different artists, including classic and contemporary works.
If you’re an architecture buff, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is a must-visit site. There is no more famous American architect than Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, was Wright’s winter home and “desert laboratory.” It was established in 1937 and, in addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s also considered one of Wright’s most personal creations.
There’s so much to explore in Phoenix, and round out your trip to the Waste Management Open into a truly unforgettable time.
If you’d like to get in on the fun, we have a limited number of packages remaining for the 2022 Waste Management Open. If you’re interested in reserving one, contact us today at 608.665.9070 or send us a message to learn more.