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Salt River
Salt River

Get Instagram-worthy pics on a sunrise hike or jeep tour through the Sonoran Desert. Then cool off in a kayak on the Salt River or unwind at one of the area's premier spas. For tips on how and where to spend your Greater Phoenix getaway, check out these four-day trip itineraries created by Visit Phoenix's travel experts.

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Nobuo at Teeter House
Nobuo at Teeter House

Four local, notable chefs put together an insider’s guide to their favorite restaurants in the metro area, covering Barrio Café's signature dish, cochinita pibil (marinated pork) and 200-plus tequilas; "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives"-pick Matt's Big Breakfast; James Beard Award-winning Japanese cuisine at Nobuo; and more.

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Stay cool at a Phoenix art exhibition or an outdoor evening event, such as the popular First Fridays Art Walk in Downtown Phoenix. Phoenix Art Museum offers free family weekends monthly, while the Musical Instrument Museum and Heard Museum have special exhibits all summer long.

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From water parks to wildlife parks and desert botanical gardens to the Southwest’s largest art museum (Phoenix Art Museum), there’s a plethora of family activities. Kids can touch everything in the 300-plus experiences at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and play instruments from around the world at the Musical Instrument Museum.

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When the summer sun sets, the desert comes alive. Several parks, like Piestewa Peak and South Mountain Park, offer late-night hours while others, like Lost Dutchman State Park and Cave Creek Regional Park, offer ranger-guided moonlight hikes where you can see the moon rise, star gaze and encounter flowers that only bloom at night.

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