Ever find yourself in a city so alive that there are just too many things to do and you just don’t know where to start? What better way to do it than to find locals who can point you in the right direction, and even guide you through what’s worth doing. Traveling in an unfamiliar place can get pretty daunting, from deciding which restaurants to go eat in, what sites you should see, or what are the can’t-miss experiences you should explore. What more fitting all of these in your limited itinerary! Phoenix is such a place, where the city is thriving and there are just too many things to see and do, especially if you’re just visiting and just staying in an Airbnb. Fret not for we have just the thing for you; we’ve compiled the best Airbnb experiences in Phoenix, Arizona. Scroll down to learn more.
For the daredevil in you, and to those that are looking for the next challenge that they want to overcome, scaling Camelback Mountain might just be for you. Rated as extremely difficult, this mountain hike isn’t for the faint of heart. It will be a grueling three-hour hike up the mountain, with steep elevations and intense trails, but it will be all worth it in the end, as the peak of the mountain has a view that is just indescribable. Get your trainers ready and your mindset locked in, since you’ll be needing both to get through this one.
Guided hike of Camelback Mountain
Duration: 3 hours
Ever wonder what it feels like to have your own personal fashion designer to help you out with your style? Now you can, as you join your host in visiting boutique shops in Uptown Phoenix! Having grown up in a family embedded in fashion, she has years of experience in determining fashion style with the person’s personality. She’ll accompany you to three boutiques around the area, and help you seek good finds and curate outfits that are best for you. By the end of this experience, you’ll be looking great and feeling as confident as ever with what you’re wearing.
Personal Shopping in Vintage Uptown
Duration: 2.5 hours
Wine and dine with the head chef of an upscale Italian restaurant, except this time, you’ll be the one preparing your own dishes as he teaches you how to create delicious meals for you and your loved ones. More than just cooking, your host will be teaching you how to plate and pair your dishes in order to create the best looking and tasting dishes you’ve ever made. You’ll want to show off your skills to your partner or friends after this.
Dinner @ Chef Du'Gaushas Kitchen
Duration: 3 hours
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Live out your childhood dreams of being a mermaid for a day! True to fantasy, you’ll wear a mermaid tail as you go on a 60-minute aquafitness class that’ll teach you synchronized swimming techniques to get you feeling like a real mermaid. It’s not every day that you get a chance to turns your dreams into reality, and you wouldn’t want to miss this opportunity to do so!
Swim Like a Mermaid in Phoenix
Duration: 1 hour
Experience a sunset hike in the South Mountain where you’ll see the mountainside like never before, with the sky’s play on colors on the facade of the mountain. You’ll also see the city come to life as it begins to light up when night falls. The climb down will be a bit tricky, though, as you’ll need LED lights to assist you on the trail back. Nothing that the adventurer in you can’t do!
Sunset hike with city light views
Duration: 2.5 hours
Sometimes going touring through local sites can get a bit too boring for some people, where you simply drive around, view the site, and just take photos before you go on to the next site. With CacheDashe, they make sightseeing into a thrilling scavenger hunt, as they create an outdoor adventure race that showcases the best sites the city has to offer while competing with other teams. You’ll have to find clues and solve problems in the different clue spots around the city, which will both enrich you with information of the city and give you a better appreciation of the city’s culture and history. At the end of the race, you will have seen everything that you need to see and will have learned so much, and still have an opportunity to win a prize for being first place!
If you’re the adventurous type of person and you’re seeking something that will get the blood pumping, consider going on an adventure with your host as you go on a mountain hike at South Mountain Park. You’ll either be going on a sunrise or sunset hike, where you’ll be able to see an amazing view of the city and the mountainside during your ascent. You’ll also have a spontaneous and fun photoshoot throughout the experience as your host is trained as an adventure elopement photographer. With great memories and photos captured, this experience is perfect for couples or groups wanting a different kind of an adventure.
South Mountain Park
For those that are looking for a gastronomic tour around Phoenix, this is the best experience for you. Go on a walking food tour around downtown Phoenix as you sample different local delicacies and cuisines that will surely have you full by the end of the trip. You’ll also get to sample different craft beers throughout the tour and learn the history, arts, and environment of Phoenix. Consider this a tasting session that will leave your taste buds and your curiosity well fed.
Walking food tour
Rejuvenate with mother nature as you go on a light hike with the views of the Sonoran Desert. Bring your mind and body at peace as you envelop the tranquil views of the desert that stretches over the horizon throughout the hike. You’ll find yourself full of life and vigor after this experience, as all you needed is a much-deserved break from the stress of the city.
Meditative desert trek
Join a painting party and learn how to create your own masterpiece! Your host will accompany you to the venue of the art space, where you’ll be joining a class, and begin to understand different art techniques such as brush strokes, color mixing, and blending. Keep yourself comfortable and relaxed as you’ll enjoy a meal or a drink as you paint. All materials will be provided for and an instructor will constantly guide you throughout the session, so all you need to bring is your openness and willingness to learn! Leave the experience with confidence in your new skill, and a new painting to hang in your own home!
Paint & sip with the locals
New experiences in Phoenix
Once you go through these experiences with your hosts, you’ll be filled with many memories and new experiences with strangers that simply want to share what they’re passionate about. As you get to know them better and learn their stories, don’t forget that you yourself have a life to live that you should be passionate about. Remember, we only have one opportunity at this life, and so experience it to the fullest and live it to the best of your capabilities!
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