Parkview Inn

3547 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85008, United States
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First time in Phoenix

by chrissy55

My family and I (16 year old daughter) are coming to Phoenix on July 4th.. We are staying downtown at the Amerisuites hotel.. Firstly, has anyone ever stayed there and secondly if you were a tourist and just checked into this hotel and have a rental car what would be some of the places that you would NOT want to miss...? We are going to be there for 3 days and really have no itenirary planned as of yet.. I know that we want to go to Tuscon and Scottsdale because they are a short distance. Any other ideas? I will take any advice on the heat as well.. Thanks..

RE: First time in Phoenix

by bocmaxima

- Heard Museum, just north of Downtown
- Wild Animal Park Zoo, far west of town
- Arizona Biltmore Resort (even just to drive by it)
- Botanical Gardens, just east of Downtown
- Mesa Southwest Museum, east of town in Downtown Mesa
- Mesa Mormon Temple (quite a sight), east of town in Mesa

When you come to Tucson, make sure to hit the Desert Museum, San Xavier Mission, Saguaro National Park and definitely try to make a sunset at Gates Pass. Be sure to drive around Downtown Tucson, particularly the El Presidio neighborhood and Barrio Viejo. A visit to Fourth Avenue is also a must (near Sixth Street). If you have time, I'd also suggest Mount Lemmon and/or Sabino Canyon. And, if you don't hit the Phoenix Botanical Gardens, be sure to hit the Tucson one.
On the way to Tucson, there's Casa Grande National Monument in Coolidge. There's a site right by Phoenix though that also offers a nice museum called Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park. Also, taking Highway 79 to Tucson instead of I-10 is a great back way as it's just all untouched desert, and gives you a good view of the Catalinas when you hit Tucson.

For the outdoor stuff, try to do it early, as soon as the places open. You'll want to stay inside mostly, though, or in your car. Always carry water with you. It may be in your best interest to carry a gallon bottle of water in your car, and refill it when you run out (25 cents at water stations located at some gas stations and most supermarkets).

Hope that helps. Let me know if you need more tips.

RE: First time in Phoenix

by chicagolass

Hi, I've stayed at different Amerisuites and they are
usually upscale and very comfortable with very good amenities
such as a snack bar, free breakfast, indoor pool,exercise rooms,etc.
Also, they are usually located near shopping malls,etc.

The heat of the day will be your major problem. Even people
who live in Arizona try to do their activities before 11a.m. or in the
evenings. Wear hats and apply sun block to avoid heat stroke and
sunburn. Drink plenty cold fluids and keep cool as much as possible.
Have fun.

RE: RE: First time in Phoenix

by marie&ariel

There are many places if you don't mind a 2 hour drive. You can go to Prescott, beautiful old town north of Phoenix. One of the positives is that it's about 5-10 degrees cooler up there. Antique stores, western looking bars, cafes, restaurants, so much to see. Also Sedona, that is a little further out but SO worth the drive. Make sure you look into possible road closures do to the fire we are fighting up there. Near Sedona, there is this gorgeous artsy old looking little town called Jerome. Worth going if you are already heading to Sedona. If you choose to stay in town only, the city of Glendale has so many antique shops and little stores to walk through in the old town. Also, take a look at website for info on 4th of July fireworks. I know Tempe Town Lake has a nice show. ENJOY!

Travel Tips for Phoenix

I Recommend This Guide Book!

by VeronicaG

Moon Handbooks have proved to be exceptional guidebooks on our travels. ARIZONA by Bill Weir was a wonderful research tool when planning our trip to the Grand Canyon and other parts of this state.

The publisher is Avalon Travel and the ISBN # is 1-56691-689-5. The price was $21.95, but I purchased it at Barnes and Noble and received a discount on it. It was worth the price, believe me!

bypassing phoenix (east)

by bocmaxima

East Route (for US 60 East, AZ 87 North, I-17 North): There are several ways to jump on this route, and you still unfortunately have to go through the East Valley suburbs of Phoenix to use it. But it's very worth it.
To start, either take AZ 77 to AZ 79 out of Tucson to Florence, or take the AZ 87 exit off I-10 near Picacho and follow to Coolidge and turn east on AZ 287. At this point, you can either turn north on Attaway Road and head over the Gila River to get to Hunt Highway, then head west to Ellsworth Road in Queen Creek (the Hunt Hwy/Ellsworth intersection was recently re-aligned and they just sort of merge into one another) or follow AZ 79 north from Florence to US 60 and head west to the Ellsworth Road exit. The latter is actually faster as there has been a residential boom along Hunt Highway recently and the traffic has gotten pretty bad.
Take Ellsworth Road north and it will head into the mountains and become Usery Pass Road. Turn right at the stop sign, and you're on Bush Highway. This will go over the Salt River at the the area used for tubing and swimming, pass several canyon overlooks, and continue to Saguaro Lake, which is very nice and popular for boating. The road then hooks north and intersects AZ 87. If you're going to Payson, you can turn north here. For I-17 north, turn left and head west a bit.
At the first light (Mohave Road), turn right. If you don't mind a well-graded gravel road through the indian reservation, keep going straight. Otherwise, follow Mohave Road and it will become Grande when you enter Fountain Hills. Turn right when it ends at Saguaro Blvd and then right again once that ends at Fountain Hills Blvd. This road will lead into the hills and a beautiful desert and eventually to the Rio Verde community.
You'll hit a stop sign after Rio Verde. The Verde River can be accessed by going straight. Otherwise, a left will take you back to I-17. Just follow it to North Scottsdale Road, turn right, then turn left after about 2 miles onto Carefree Highway (AZ 74).


by CheetahChiq78 about Caramba!

The restaurant's motto is "Where you don't peso much!" This is true! You get inexpensive, delicious, hearty food along with a great selection of salsa's!

There are 3 of these little restaurant's, all in the West Valley. They're small and run by two brothers. The people who work here are wonderful and friendly.

The food...FABULOUS. They have a huge menu and all (yes, I said ALL) of it is delicious! A huge variety, from your authentic Mexican to your "americanized mexican". DON'T miss Caramba's!

I do NOT like Mexican food, but I eat here at LEAST once a week! Stuffed Quesadilla - Huge totilla stuffed with meat, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole.

Pollo Fundido - Chicken burrito with a queso fundido sauce over it.

Torpedo's - SImilar to flauta's, but with flour tortilla's, topped with sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo.

One of the most romantic restaurants in Phoenix

by dshinkle about House of Tricks

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Mill Ave in Tempe is a small house that is actually one of the valley's best restaurants... House of Tricks.

Surprise your significant other by strolling up 7th street from Mill Ave into this beautiful neighborhood, practically on the ASU campus.

You can sit inside or outside, and if you can, sit outside. You will be eating in a beautiful garden. There is also an outside bar, which is a fun place to sit and meet people.

Make sure you have reservations before having dinner because the place fills up fast. They also serve lunch and they have excellent deserts. The Pan Seared Sea Bass is excellent.

Get out of the city

by HeidiR

Most things worth visiting from Phoenix are not actually in Phoenix but are in Arizona (please look at my Arizona page for more hints and advice). We have just come back from a long weekend travelling round the state (we travelled just over 1,200 miles). We took in the following sites, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe bend, Monument Valley, Four corners, Canyon de Chelly and the Petrtified forest. It certainly was alot of driving, unfortunately to appreciate the beauties of Arizona you need to do a lot of driving.

Please have a look at all my pages in Arizona to get tips and advice. Remember my Phoenix page is broken down into all the different cities in Phoenix too


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Address: 3547 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85008, United States