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Even for the traveler who just likes to arrive and plant themselves in the lap of luxury and never move a pampered muscle … there are plenty of cool ways to spend a summer day in the Valley of the Sun.


During the cool mornings, greet the sun on the golf course and swing just nine holes so you have enough time to fit more activities into the day. When the shops open by 10, you can find that one of a kind item in a boutique in downtown Glendale or Tempe, or do some serious shopping at one of the luxury malls in Chandler or Scottsdale.


For lunch, pick up a bite at one of the delicious cafes at one of Arizona’s fascinating museums. Visit the Heard Museum for a glimpse inside native cultures and timeless traditions. Their Courtyard Café is open daily, and offers locally-grown ingredients such as the tepary bean hummus, crafted with beans native to the Sonoran Desert. Or for something more melodic, consider the Musical Instrument Museum, the world’s largest music museum showcasing hundreds of musical instruments from around the world, including instruments played by legends like John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. For lunch, the Café at MIM can be found overlooking the main entrance, offering tasty regional dishes for all types of palates, including vegetarian, vegan and kid-friendly options.

Late afternoon, when the sun shines the brightest, stay cool in a resort pool/playground or rejuvenate in a luxurious spa.


Now, you are ready and relaxed and will have worked up an appetite for dining in a casual outdoor, or at a four or five-star restaurant. Duck into Barrio Café, a funky eatery in Central Phoenix that serves cuisine authentic to Southern Mexico, and pour more than 250 fine tequilas. Or if it’s a table with a view you’re seeking, pull up a chair at elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa. Diners are offered luxurious front row seats to view Camelback Mountain.

With more than 300 golf courses, more than a dozen spa resorts, countless boutiques and galleries, dozens of intriguing museum and dining options that never end, spend the night, relax … and repeat.


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