If a family vacation is in the works, but you have yet to decide on the destination, you should definitely consider Phoenix, Arizona. This beautiful southwest American city holds a significant historical value that you and your family will find very interesting. Midtown just happens to be filled with museums, restaurants, bookstores, bars, and sporting venues. Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg, because Phoenix has so much more to offer everyone.


Jack Swilling

All Arizonians are familiar with the historical name, Jack Swilling, who is responsible for seeing great potential in Salt River Valley. Swilling developed a thriving community east of Phoenix, but he left Lord Darrell Duppa in charge of giving the city its name. The farming community finally grew into the metropolis that it is today.


Downtown Area


Most vacationers hit the downtown area at some point, because they want to explore everything that Phoenix has to offer. Of course, you should not expect to see a San Francisco downtown, but you can still find plenty to do here. If you are sports fanatic, you will definitely want to grab a couple of tickets to see the Phoenix Suns in action. You can find a schedule online at the NBA website. Be sure to book your vacation, when the Suns are scheduled to play at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, which is located in the downtown area. Get there early, before all of the tickets are gone.




Phoenix is filled with skyscrapers of various heights. The Chase Tower is and has been the tallest building in Arizona ever since it was developed in the 1970’s. The 40 floor building holds various offices with the J.P. Morgan Chase major branch being the most notable. The US Bank Center is next in line with 31 floors. This skyscraper will developed in 1976 and continues to hold on strong to its notable second place position.


Outdoor Activities


If you are an outdoorsman, you will definitely want to spend a few days in North Phoenix. Here you will find a plethora of outdoor activities to participate in. From hiking in the woods to shooting a few rounds at the local outdoor gallery, your family will definitely never get bored, while visiting this beautiful area.




If you are now convinced that Phoenix is the place to visit this summer, you should definitely do more research on the city. There are many tourist destinations that you will want to visit, while you are in Phoenix, Arizona.