Phoenix Travel Guide
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With the Super Bowl just a few days away you might think it's too late to get tickets, but it's not, at least not if you're independently wealthy.
The official NFL Ticket Exchange still has tickets available ranging from $12,018.00 in section 445, aka the nosebleed seats, to $21,304.00 for a ticket in the end zone.
But those tickets are extremely overpriced. Stubhub's current offerings are much cheaper, although still expensive. Stubhub has several tickets available in the 400 sections which start at $8,070.00. Better yet, they have lower end zone tickets starting at a mere $9,492.75.
Horse and carriage in Old Town Scottsdale
Downtown Phoenix will be insane this Super Bowl weekend, with 12 blocks roped off and transformed into Super Bowl Central. The Big Game is expected to draw over a million people, and there will be plenty of fun to be had, including the chance to meet NFL players.
You should check all that out, obviously, but don't miss out on all the other cool things the greater Phoenix area has to offer. Comprised of several cities within cities, you'll have your work cut out for you exploring it all over the course of a weekend.
We suggest starting with Scottsdale and Tempe, and getting outside to enjoy Phoenix's pleasant winter sunshine.
Here's our starter guide for first-timers to the Valley of the Sun:
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No matter how you prefer your footballs—that’s the only comment, we had to—the NFL is on the move this weekend as they begin to take over the desert. The Super Bowl is set to do its thing in Phoenix (actually, neighboring Glendale) on February 1, but there’s also a lot for fans to do before the main event and kickoff.
All the goodies are part of the NFL Experience, and things will run over at the Phoenix Convention Center starting tomorrow and running through February 1. The league is promising an interactive theme park of football this and that. Think interactive games, displays, football clinics for the little ones, and autograph sessions from your favorite players. Head right here for the schedule and the hours of operation.
Within the NFL Experience you’ll also find the Bridgestone Fan Gallery, and here you’ll be able to check out all the media madness—from Radio Row to all the other broadcasts.
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Earlier this summer, we raved about our experience at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, impressed by how it aggregated so many of the world's musical styles in one place. A few weeks later, still inspired, we highlighted the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix for its collection of 15,000 instruments from 200 countries.
In October, these two experiences will clash head on, as the MIM will host its inaugural Global Music Festival here in the States. Set to take place the weekend of October 18th, the festival will include Celtic, Ethiopian, West African, Jazz, Appalachian string, folk, and Latin performances, each featuring the traditional music and instruments of the unique styles.
We've been pretty vocal about our excitement for the season of live music, aka summer, and have dished on a number of opportunities to get into the spirit in the coming months. That, coupled with our upcoming trip to discover new realms at the Rainforest Music Festival in Kuching, it's time we pay homage to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, a place that sparked our appreciation of the world's musical offerings.
If you think the name - or the fact that it's a museum - makes it sound like a snooze, we've got an eye-opening wake up call for you: It is one of the most engaging displays of culture we've ever visited, and a must for any self-professed music lover.
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While Instagram photo series like #throwbackthursday and #windowseat are popular on a mainstream level, there are other, cooler hashtags advancing niche interests. An example of this is #kicksonaplane or, as we recently discovered from instagramming the Phoenix Airport photo above, #airportcarpet.
#AirportCarpet currently boasts 882 photos from Instagram users around the world. Take, for instance, the below snaps from Portland, OR (definitely the most popular airport carpet, by far), and Wellington, New Zealand.
In comparison, #casinocarpet only has 186 images, and #hotelcarpet has 478. Of course one could blame the popularity of airport carpets on the waiting room-like atmosphere of gate areas and the hours of boredom before a flight departure, but where's the fun in that?
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There's a secret waiting across from gate A20 at Phoenix Sky Harbor, and it might just be the cheapest airport beer in the entire United States. Opened just two months ago, Four Peaks Brewery will pour you a pint of any of its craft-brew drafts for $4.50!
This is not a mistake, a two-for-one special promotion or a discount because we smile pretty -- the receipt above reflects the every day price of two beers at Four Peaks Brewery in Sky Harbor. Seeing as we've paid not much less than that for a Coors Light at airports in the past (cough, JFK, cough), we were quite pleased as you can imagine (in all honesty, we were so pumped when we saw the tab for the first beer that we did the respectable thing and ordered another).
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You can hear the whipping of the bat through the air from the on-deck circle, the crunching of the cleats in the dirt. You can see the beards on their faces and hear the words from their mouths, whether it’s a player, coach, or umpire. Autographs are easy to come by, and “good” seats turn into “great” ones thanks to the small stadiums. If you’re a baseball fan, that’s pretty much all that needs to be said to convince you that Spring Training is a worthwhile jaunt.
If you’re a casual or less-than-serious fan, the atmosphere – relaxed and summer-esk and filled with beer drinking in the sun during the winter month of March – should do the trick. While baseball is certainly the main event, the entertainment goes well beyond the ball field.
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We’ve got a good feeling that many of you will find yourselves at the airport at some point during the holiday season. It may be on your way to visit friends and relatives, but we’re even more hopeful that you’re at the airport flying somewhere fun to avoid friends and relatives.
No matter how you end up at the airport you’re going to need a bite to eat while you’re wandering the terminals, so thankfully HMSHost and their food-from-your-phone technology is back with a new airport and new restaurants.
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Whether it's awesome sandwiches or the latest frozen food fad we're all over airport dining, so we just had to pass along a few updates about the new eats options that are coming to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport in the future. The best part of the new options is that it's just not Sbarro and Starbucks, as some local options are sneaking through the security line; however, no need to worry, as there will still be a Starbucks too.
Last week airport officials did their thing to grant approval to a bunch of new spots for the airport's Terminal 4, and everything should arrive both before and after the TSA checkpoint by sometime between now and 2013. There will be some Phoenix specific pizza from La Grande Orange, and Cowboy Ciao from over in Scottsdale will also be making an appearance in the airport. There will also be a few spots from Fox Restaurant Concepts including Sauce, Blanco's Tacos and Tequilia, and Modern Burger.
Arizona really isn’t known for their vast variety of roller coasters or theme parks, and that’s probably because it’s just too darn hot to even go outside during the summer. There’s a solution to this weather problem, and a group of investors is looking to build it, with a new kind of amusement park right in the desert that will keep visitors cool all day long.
Catalyst Land Holdings is planning an amusement park filled with snow. They want kids to be able to build snowmen, go sledding, and chuck snowballs at one another while temperatures soar well above 100 degrees outside, yes just like the one in Dubai (although without the skiing).
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We love visiting airports around the globe, but it’s rare that we truly feel appreciated and loved by the airports back. Well Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is looking to change that, as today is the airport’s second annual Customer Appreciation Day. That’s right—the airport is glad you are visiting the area or just passing through on your way to another destination.
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like the airport has the authority to hand out free flights; however, they do have some stuff that might just make you feel warm and fuzzy all over. Free candy and popcorn are just some of the freebies that airport personnel will be passing out within the terminals. The airport claims it’s America’s friendliest, so we’re sure there will be plenty of service with a smile.