Before the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns arrived, there was little to keep people Downtown after 5 p.m. But times have changed. While the nightlife scene is still smaller than other cities of this size, the new Arizona State University downtown campus has introduced bars, restaurants, and a second-story bowling center at Lucky Strike Lanes. Some of the city's best cultural venues are here, including the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum of Native Culture and Art, and the Orpheum, a former vaudeville theater. The Phoenix light-rail system runs through Downtown and provides a connection to Tempe's Mills Avenue. Parking can be a challenge, but the light rail is a welcome alternative and easy to navigate.
Getting Around Phoenix
The best way to get around Phoenix is by car. The city covers more than 400 square miles, and though it is possible to navigate the city using public transit, a car is most convenient. Parking is plentiful, with garages and metered spots enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Freeway rush hours are generally between 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Summer rush hours trend 1 1/2-2 hours earlier due to road construction that generally begins when it's dark outside to avoid summer heat.
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport-PHX
Things to Do and See Near Downtown Phoenix
- Arizona State University
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- Sun Devil Stadium
- University of Phoenix Stadium
- US Airways Center
- Phoenix Municipal Stadium
- Camelback Ranch
- Chase Field
- Phoenix Zoo
- Gammage Memorial Auditorium