Guide to Phoenix

Arizona Capitol Museum

For a taste of Phoenix please review our guide below. We hope this can help you plan an exciting trip and enjoy your time here, be it for business or pleasure. We also make available a printed version at the Norton Inn for the convenience of our guests.

Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the U.S. with 1.66M people in the city and 4.9M in the metro area. Temperatures are mild in the winter, warm in the fall and spring and hot in summer.
Month Avg. High Avg. Low
January 69 46
February 72 49
March 78 54
April 86 60
May 94 69
June 104 77
July 106 83
August 104 82
September 100 75
October 89 64
November 76 52
December 67 45

Each winter and spring, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to Arizona to spend the winter or visit the Spring Training facilities of 16 MLB teams throughout the valley.  Visit our Things To Do section below for more information.

When people talk of Phoenix, they usually include neighboring cities in the “Valley of the Sun”. 

If you have a car, GoogleMaps is a great navigator. Without a car, we suggest using Uber or Lyft.

Sky Harbor Airport    11mi.   Glendale Stadium  15mi.
Downtown Phoenix     3mi.  ASU in Tempe         13mi.
Old Town Scottsdale  14mi.  Gilbert/Chandler    23mi.

Car Rentals
At airport (11mi.): Alamo, Avis, Hertz, National

Sky Harbor Airport (11mi.)
Terminal 2
                             Terminal 3
Alaska Air                              Delta Airlines
Boutique Air                          Frontier Airlines
Contour Airlines                   Hawaiian Airlines
United Airlines                      Spirit Airlines
                                                Sun Country Airlines
Terminal 4

Air Canada                                       American Airlines
British Airways                     Condor Airlines
Eurowings                                       Southwest
Volaris                                    WestJet
South Side Terminal 2700 E Tower Rd., Phx

Mesa Gateway Airport (38mi.) 
Alliegant               Swoop                WestJet

Bus Transportation
FlixBus        Greyhound

We are giving you suggestions and brief descriptions of some of the points of interest nearby to help you find things to do.  Please use your smart phone to “Google” the location and to find out more.

Our recommendations are bolded and italicized.

Food City (0.8mi.) 2709 W Van Buren St., Phx
Safeway  (3.7mi.) 340 E McDowell Rd., Phx

Convenience Stores / Gas Stations
Circle K  (0.4mi.)  2041 W Van Buren St., Phx
QuikTrip (2.7mi.) 2387 N 27th Ave., Phx

Drug Stores
CVS Pharmacy  (2.2mi.)  50 W Jefferson St.,Phx
Walgreens (3.8mi.)  4315 W McDowell Rd., Phx

Car Repair / Car Parts
Pep Boys (0.6mi.) 2502 W Van Buren Rd., Phx

Tires / Tire Repair
Discount Tire
 (4.5mi.) 2240 W Camelback Rd., Phx.

Delivery        Door

Fast Food and Takeout
Jack in the Box
  (0.7mi.) 1833 W Van Buren St., Phx
Burger King (1.2mi.) 1901 W Buckeye Rd., Phx
McDonald’s (1.8mi.) 3501 W Van Buren St., Phx
Taco Bell (1.8mi.) 3502 W Van Buren St., Phx
Filiberto’s Mexican Food (2.9mi.) 2001 S 7th Ave., Phx

Famous paces to dine
Mel’s Diner
 (from TV show “Alice”) Breakfast & Lunch
                                          (1.7mi.)  1747 Grand Ave., Phx
Pizzeria Bianco  (voted ‘Top Pizza in the U.S.A’)
                                         (2.8mi.) 623 E Adams Ave., Phx

Casual Dining Top Picks
The restaurants at McDowell Rd. & 7th Ave.
The Habit (burgers)              Rubio’s Fish Tacos
Mad Greens (Salads)             Starbuck’s
NY Pizza Department           Five Guy’s (burgers)
Chipotle                                  AhiPoke    
Zoyo Yogurt

Sports Bars & Grills
(2.3mi.)  24 N 2nd St., Phx
TGIFriday’s (2.4m)  401 E Jefferson St., Phx.
Tilted Kilt  (2.1mi.) 2 E Jefferson St., Phx.

Local Pubs & Bars
Bikini Lounge – Tiki (1.8mi.) 1502 Grand Ave., Phx
Seamus McCaffrey’s – Irish (2.2mi.) 18 W Monroe St.
Bitter & Twisted – Cocktails (2.2mi.) 1 W Jefferson St.
The Duce – cool place (2.5mi.) 525 S Central Ave., Phx

Live Music
Copper Blues
 (2.0mi.)  50 W Jefferson St., Phx
Rhythm Room (5.9 mi.)  1019 E Indian School Rd.

Nightlife areas in the Valley
Downtown Phoenix (2mi.) Good Variety
Roosevelt District (5.0m) Eclectic and
Tempe (13mi.) Mill & University – College crowd
Old Town Scottsdale (14mi.) Nightclubs & bars 25+
Glendale Westgate (16mi.) Family Friendly Venues
Chandler (25mi.) Mix of good dance clubs and bars
Gilbert (28mi.) Lots of good places to drink or dance

NFL – Arizona Cardinals @ Univ. of Phoenix Stadium
1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, AZ (14.8mi.)
MLB – Arizona Diamondbacks @ Chase Field
401 E Jefferson St., Phx (3.4mi.)
NBA – Phoenix Suns @ Talking Stick Arena
201 E Jefferson St. Phx  (2.8mi.)
NHL – Arizona Coyotes @ Gila River Arena
9400 W Maryland Ave., Glendale, AZ  (14.7mi.)
WNBA – Phoenix Mercury @ Talking Stick Arena
201 E Jefferson St. Phx  (2.8mi.)
Soccer – Phoenix Rising FC @ casino Arizona Field
751 N McClintock Dr., Scottsdale, AZ (13.8mi.)
Arena Football – Arizona Rattlers @ Talking Stick Arena        201 E Jefferson St. Phx  (2.8mi.)

CONVENTION CENTER  100 N 3rd Street, Phx   (2.4mi.)

16 teams call the Phoenix area home.  The spring season goes from late February to late March.  To check out your favorite team, where they play and ticket information, please visit:

If you are looking for WalMart or Target, just do an online search. Here are some malls in the valley…

Arizona Center (2.4mi) 455 N 3rd St., Phoenix
Christown Mall (6mi.) 1727 W Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix
MetroCenter (9mi.) 9617 N Metro Center Pkwy., Phoenix
AZ Mills Mall (13mi.) 5000 S AZ Mills Circle, Tempe
Tempe Marketplace (14mi.) 2000 E Rio Salado, Tempe
Scottsdale Fashion Square $$ (14mi.) 7014 E Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Paradise Valley Mall $ (17mi.) 4568 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix

Phoenix Zoo (11mi.) 455 N Galvin Pkwy., Phx
OdySea Aquarium & Butterfly Wonderland (23mi.)  
                                   9500 E Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Wildlife World  Zoo (26mi.)
                         16501 W Northern Ave., Litchfield Park
Sea Life Center (13mi.) 5000 S AZ Mills Circle, Tempe
Out of Africa (91mi.) 
                       3505 W State Rte. 260, Camp Verde, AZ
Bearizona (171mi.) 1500 E Rte. 66, Williams, AZ

Phoenix Art Museum (3.4mi.) 1625 N Central Ave Phx
Heard Museum (3.8mi.) 2801 N Central Ave., Phx
Children’s Museum (4mi.) 215 M 7th St., Phx
AZ Science Center (4.2mi.) 600 E Washington St., Phx
Desert Botanical Gardens (11.2mi.) 1201 N Galvin Pkwy., Phx
Pueblo Grande Museum (12mi.) 4619 E Washington St., Phx
Musical Instrument Museum (24mi.) 4725 E Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale
Tallesin West (Frank Lloyd  Wright house) (30mi.) 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright, Scottsdale

Tempe Town Lake (14mi.) Rural Rd. to McClintock
                                        South of Loop 202, Tempe,  AZ
Salt River Tubing (36mi.) 9200 N Bush Hwy., Mesa
Desert Belle Lake Cruise on Saguaro Lake
                                   (45mi.) 14011 N Bush Hwy., Mesa
Lake Pleasant (47mi.) 41835 N Castle Hot Springs Rd. Morristown, AZ

South  Mountain Mormon Trailhead (10mi.)
                                                        8610 S 24th St., Phoenix
South Mountain Javelina Trailhead (11.5mi.)
                                                        7822 S 46th St., Phoenix
Papago Park West Butte (13mi.)
Camelback Mtn. Echo Canyon Trailhead (14mi.)
                                           4925 E McDonald Dr., Phoenix

Cart Racing – K1 Speed (6mi.) 2425 S 21st St., Phx
Paintball & Laser Tag – American  Paintball Coliseum 
                               (7mi.) 2901 E Washington St., Phx.
Top Golf Glendale (15mi.) 6101 N 99th Ave., Glendale

Top Golf Scottsdale (23mi.) 
                                9500 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
Indoor Sky Diving – iFly (23mi.)
             9206 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
Virtual Reality – Velocity VR (23mi.)
                           9119 E Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale

Please use this resource to view the channels available and what is on TV:

Film Bar (serves beer & wine)    (3.9mi.)
                   815 N 2nd St., Phoenix

AMC Arizona Center 24    (4.1mi.)
                   565 N 3rd St., Phoenix (validated parking)

Harkins Christown 14    (6.9mi.)
                   1620 W Montebello Ave., Phoenix

West Wind Glendale DRIVE IN   (8.2mi.)
                    5650 N 55th Ave., Glendale

AMC DINE-IN Esplanade (food & booze)   (9.1mi.)
                    2515 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix

SONORA CINEMAS PHOENIX (Spanish)  (9.3mi.)  
                    7611 W Thomas Rd., Phoenix

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