OMG! I am on a serious countdown to head down to Phoenix for Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona! I am super excited for a number of reasons.
First, for the warmer weather: I am training in sub zero temps…its a tad chilly up here is Calgary, Alberta. Second, its my second #RnR race – and my FIRST time to visit Phoenix. So I thought it would be a good idea to SHARE with you my Top 10 Things to do in Phoenix. I was excited about visiting a new city and thought there might be nothing better than making a list of cool things to do during the race weekend!
1. Poke around Papago Park | There is a ton to do here. And by a ton I mean there is 1,200 acres of park in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe! I hear Hole in the Rock is cool – and who isn’t up for some funky sandstone rock formations? I am totally checking out some of the paths and trails in the Desert Botanical Gardens, a world-renowned hot spot. This is completely new topography for me (we don’t really have deserts in Canada) and it’s going to be awesome! Expect some selfies with the cacti.
2. Japanese Friendship Garden | There is no better place to get your zen on before a race than a Japanese Garden. I happen to be a big fan of these – and have visited several in other cities I live in or have visited. I am totally going to soak up some sun and de-stress with some tea by the koi pond. I think it’s cool that Phoenix has a symbol of friendship with its sister city Himeji in Japan.
3. Heard Museum | I hear this is THE place to learn about American Indian Arts in Phoenix. Established in 1929, the museum is has a diverse collection of exhibitions and traveling events. It has over 32,000 pieces of cultural and fine art. I always like to pick a museum in the city I am visiting – this one is definitely on my list to hang out for a few hours. What a great way to know the history of an area!
4. Do a Hike | I figure that after the half marathon, I can shake out my legs by climbing Piestewa Peak or Camelback Mountain. What better place to check out a sunrise or sunset in the city!
5. Tour Talisen West | I asked a few of my tweeps (Twitter-peeps!) and heard back that no trip to Phoenix would be complete without visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, Taliesin West. I figure it must be something since he started building in 1937 and didn’t finish until 1959. As this tour comes highly recommended, I am glad I am not the only one who likes snooping around a famous home!
6. Check out Art Walk| Scottsdale is known for having a pretty Fab Arts District, so I thought a night of snooping in shops and exploring a local district sounded perfect. Every Thursday evening the shops are open late along Main Street from Scottsdale Road west to Goldwater Blvd. Free trolly and horse-drawn carriage rides, art and finding some local eats sound like a great way to spend an evening.
7. Ice Hockey | Oh yes! In case the Art walk doesn’t appeal…there is always the good ol hockey game! And as luck would have it…Calgary Flames are visiting Arizona Coyotes a few days before #RnRAZ! Yes, I know I came for some sun and warmth…but maybe a little time on the ice would be totally awesome.
8. Have a drink | After a run, I like to reward myself with a wee cocktail. There are lots of appealing places. Like the Last Drop Bar in the Hermosa Inn. Or Hula’s Modern Tiki in Phoenix or Scotsdale. Um. Helloo. Volcano Bowl anyone?? Or perhaps a martini at Bitter & Twisted. Seriously. A 22-page cocktail menu??
9. The Health & Fitness Expo | This is a given…but with so many awesome vendors, and all the FAB items to buy, this has to make the list. There is even an official #RnRTweetUp with some of us #RocknBlog members. So it really is the place to be to pick up the cool swag, meet other runners and do some shopping!
10. Run your Race | The list would not be complete without saying the #RnRAZ is the place to be. I am running the #RemixChallenge (two days of running which earns you extra bling!) – the 5km and Half Marathon, as are many others. I cannot wait to soak up the rockin atmosphere and see some city sights(and get my run in at the same time) in Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Honestly. There is so much to see and do…I am not sure where to even start. But I can tell you, I am so excited to explore! See you there!