Tap into your Southwestern spirit with this mini travel guide to Phoenix.
Oracle off-shoulder dress c/o Minkpink, Brixton hat from La di da dee, Brooklyn (similar here), Chinese Laundry x Kristin Cavallari Nikki mules. Shot by Isaac Lacey in Phoenix, AZ.
Arizona has slowly but surely carved out a special place in my travel heart. This is the second year that Isaac and I flew there to visit his family over Christmas (you might recall our lil road trip the first time here), but this time around we stayed planted in Phoenix and tried our best to discover everything that the sprawling desert city offers... from local hikes, to funky eateries & everything in-between.
Find yourself in Phoenix and not sure where to start? Below is a mini guide I put together so you can get a taste of that sweet Southwestern swagger. Unfortunately we didn't have quite enough hours in the day to take on all these fun activities during our stay, but I'm sure we'll be back for another round soon. If you have any other tips, please leave them in the comments below!
The Marcy Stop's Phoenix Travel Tips
• The Brooklyn of Phoenix: One step into Phoenix's Roosevelt Row neighborhood and I felt completely at home. This up-and-coming district is host to the cutest coffeeshops, awesome street art, galleries galore and my favorite, the Desoto Market, which pretty much brings together all of the above, plus a bunch of local eateries in one awesome warehouse space.
• Hike it Off: After feasting your face off at Desoto's The Larder + The Delta or (my personal fave) Adobo Dragon (see above), you'll likely need a little workout. My suggestion? Head to the East to Phoenix's Superstition Mountains for a hiking experience you won't soon forget. There are a number of trails all around this area depending on your skill level, but we opted for the Heirogylphics trail + a little off-roading/ bushwacking to get to this waterfall and view. Check out Isaac's short video here for a real sense of it all. Pro tip: be sure to go early to beat the crowds! When we arrived at 930AM there were a few people on the hike, but by 1230PM it was pandemonium.
• Urban Escape: For an easier hike close to the city, hit up Thunderbird Park in Phoenix's Glendale suburb (pictured in one of the squares above). It's fairly quick, boasts fabulous views of the city, plus you can catch the sunset and then be home for dinnertime. Win, meet win.
• Let Your Spirit Soar: Afraid of heights? This activity is prob not for you. Catch the Arizona sunrise or sunset over Phoenix on one of Float Balloon Tours' epic hot air balloon rides. This is on my immediate bucket list, so expect to see it on my Insta feed the second I return!