“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
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.