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An afternoon/evening in Phoenix

Cleveland, Ohio
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An afternoon/evening in Phoenix

Hello all! My husband and I will be in Phoenix in early September for one afternoon at the beginning of a trip through some of the smaller national parks of AZ, NM, and TX (it was cheaper to fly into Phoenix vs Tuscon, which is where our itinerary starts.) I am researching things to do in/around Phoenix before we head to Tucson the following day. We are hikers and would like to take a short hike if the weather isn't too terribly hot, and are also looking for brewery recommendations for dinner. Thanks so much for your input!

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Fremont, California
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1. Re: An afternoon/evening in Phoenix

I would suggest going to Scottsdale area and doing Tom's Thumb Trail


for a short hike

If its a nice (not too hot of a day) you can then go explore the McDowell Sonoran Preserve


you might want to head to old town area of Scottsdale and have some appetizers/beer at

Scottsdale Beer Company


and then head to the area around the University of Tempe and bar hop for the rest of the evening.

Tempe, AZ
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2. Re: An afternoon/evening in Phoenix

I strongly advise against hiking in the afternoon in September. A man died on a hiking trail just yesterday afternoon, and rescues are not uncommon.

I'm not sure where you're staying, but Tempe is on the east side of town and will make the drive to Tucson easier the next morning. This is where Arizona State University is located, so there are many bar/restaurant options. Four Peaks Brewery is good for dinner, but if your primary focus is beer I'd head to Arizona Wilderness which is east of Tempe.

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3. Re: An afternoon/evening in Phoenix

Early September days can still be very hot. So agree with advice to forget about hiking.

Tempe is also a good suggestion. Just east of airport and handy to I-10 to head for Tucson. I have not eaten at Four Peaks, but the beer is great.

Cleveland, Ohio
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4. Re: An afternoon/evening in Phoenix

Thanks for the advice! We will be cautious re: the heat and only consider a hike if it is much cooler than usual. I had seen some info online about Four Peaks Brewery so with your recommendation will check it out. Cheers :)

Phoenix, Arizona
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5. Re: An afternoon/evening in Phoenix

Yeah, be very careful hiking this time of year. Aunt Chilada's or Ajo Al's has good Mexican food.

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6. Re: An afternoon/evening in Phoenix

Dehydration is your biggest problem when hiking in the heat. Be sure you take plenty of water with you, wear sunscreen, a hat, and pace yourself according to the temperature avoiding afternoons when over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure and stick to the trails keeping a sharp eye out for snakes along the way.

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