Hello all. I've been reading all your helpful hints on the forum for a while as my family will be arriving in Phoenix on Sunday for a 3.5 day visit. In addition to sightseeing, we will be trying to get a very, very basic "feel" for the area (I know, how can we do that in only 3 days?) since a family member will be in the area for an extended stay in late summer and early fall. We want to get a sense of how everything fits together and makes the Valley what it is.
Right now the plan is to arrive Sunday morning, pick up the rental car and head out to the west Valley to see the site where our family member will be spending some time. After that we would like to take a drive to see a bit of the area--thinking of 10 to the 101 to 17 south, ending up in the downtown area. We want to see downtown and figure Sunday is the best day to do this to avoid traffic there. After this we will go to our hotel which is just south of Sky Harbor and check in and then decide on the rest of our day. We may include a visit to the Heard Museum on this day. I'm thinking of this route based on the other things we will be doing on this trip, which are not in this area.
During the other 2.5 days we plan to visit the Desert Botanical Garden, drive up South Mountain for the view, do one of the short tours at Taliesen West, see the Musical Instrument Museum, and spend time in Old Town Scottsdale and in Tempe. We may also visit the Pueblo Grande Museum. We will, of course, group these together so we don't end up criss-crossing the area in a haphazard fashion (I hope). We will have all day Monday and Tuesday and until about noon on Wednesday when we have to be back at Sky Harbor.
I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions about good ways to get a feel for things in the short amount of time we have on this trip.