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ENVISIO'S TOP 5 BEST THINGS TO DO IN PHOENIX
Envisio’s senior leadership team is heading to Phoenix, AZ and will be attending the AASA National Conference On Education from February 11 to 13, 2016 at the Phoenix Convention Center! At Envisio we believe in a work-life balance and we try to live up to that as we work hard and play hard!
While we’re in town we will definitely be taking time to soak in the culture and attractions that Phoenix has to offer.
1. Tovrea Castle
If you’re on Loop 202, you can't miss the sight of the Tovrea Castle. If you see something that resembles a wedding cake, you’re in the right place! Surrounded by cacti and whitewashed rocks, this is a must see on your Phoenix bucket list!
You can take tours of the building and of the Carraro Cactus Garden, or go it alone, but either way be sure to check their site to see what’s on the agenda during your specific visit.
2. ASU Planetarium
The planetarium is located in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. It is primarily for the student body, however, throughout the school year, the doors are open to public tours, stargazing nights and lectures.
Be sure to check out the atmosphere from ASU if you’re visiting from another state or country!
3. Sunrise Trail at McDowell Mountains
Are you a fresh air fanatics like we are? Check out the McDowell Mountains! They sound far, but they’re actually in the middle of the city.
The trail's 4.4 miles long with a 1,300 foot climb in elevation, so be sure to take a good pair of shoes, and some sunscreen (even on the cloudy days!), and prepare yourself to see the beauty of scenic Phoenix from a great vantage point!
4. Apache Trail
If you’re looking for a great day trip that includes many historical sights and stops, the Apache Trail is for you! It is said to be one of the most memorable drives you'll ever take. The drive begins in Apache Junction, about 25 miles east of downtown Phoenix.
The 46 miles between Apache Junction and Roosevelt Lake is the most gorgeous, but also the most difficult. Prepare yourself for the twists, turns, hills and valleys, but look forward to the incredible sights at Lost Dutchman State Park, Goldfield Ghost Town, Saguaro Lake, the Canyon Lake Recreation Area, the Theodore Roosevelt Dam site, and the Tonto National Monument. You can pass by these, or stop in to check them out.
If you get queasy in the car, this may not be the drive for you!
5. Phoenix Zoo
If you’re looking for family-friendly fun, or an adult adventure, the Phoenix Zoo is a must-see on our list! Although the Phoenix Zoo is one of the younger zoos in the United States, it’s a successful, privately-owned, not for profit zoo. The Zoo is 100% supported by donors and organizations, and does not receive any government funding at all.
The Zoo is open every single day of the year, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. If you go on a hot day, the earlier you get there, the more chance you have to see the animals as they usually find shade from the sweltering sun.
Don’t forget your sunblock and a good pair of comfortable shoes!
Do you have any great places you like to visit in Phoenix? Sound off and add them to the comments below so our readers can add them to their lists!
And, be sure to swing by our booth and say Hi to the Envisio Team at the Phoenix Convention Center!