My DH and I are coming to Phoenix this Friday evening. It was a very short notice; we arrive at about 7 PM and we will be staying at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, and we have a small SUV rental. On Friday evening, we will be just staying at the resort and dining there, as well. We have 2 full days (Sunday and Monday) to tour Phoenix and/or surrounding areas. We also have Tuesday until about 2 PM to tour. Saturday is taken up with a conference, and visiting some old friends, who will also be visitors to this city. Other than flying into Phoenix, and driving away from it to the Sedona area, we have never been there.
We love hiking, scenic drives, nature, and state/national parks. History is important to us and we like to learn about new cultures (to us). We would like to learn more about the desert, as we really haven't spent much time in one!
We hope to see the Heard Museum (thoughts?) and the Botanic Gardens. Possibly Wrigley Mansion (thoughts?). So, if we do these 3 places, can anyone suggest a great outdoor experience for some local hiking/nature/scenery? Thank you for any ideas on such short notice. Very excited about this short trip we were not expecting to go on!