Phoenix Valley Area Guide

Discover The Valley of the Sun when you visit the Phoenix Valley! The Valley is split by the locals into two sections: East Valley and West Valley. No matter what side of the valley you are on, you are never too far from all the best things to do in Phoenix

Explore the East Valley

The East Valley is home to various attractions, shopping centers, and nature trails. Starting furthest east of the City of Phoenix, we have the Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman State Park. The Superstition mountains are known for their picturesque volcanic peaks and jagged canyons. Just outside of the mountains is the Lost Dutchman State Park. This park is home to several hiking trails that start in the park and into the Superstition Mountains.  


On the southeast part of the valley, you can find Schnepf Farms. Schnepf Farms is a family-friendly farm that is host to a variety of seasonal events, peach picking, UPICK garden, country store and bakery. Not too far from Schnepf Farms is San Tan Village. San Tan Village is a popular shopping center in Gilbert, AZ. This open-air center is home to a variety of stores and delicious restaurants. 


Furthest west of the East Valley is Tempe. Tempe is home to a variety of attractions. It is mostly known for being home to the Arizona State University Sun Devils. ASU has their main campus in the heart of the city very close to Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Town Lake is a 2-mile-long lake that was created by damming a portion of the dry Salt River and adding water. This lake provides the perfect location for people to gather and take a break from the Arizona sun.  


Traverse the West Valley

The West Valley is home to a variety of sports venues and animal attractions. Starting off with sports we have the home of the Arizona Cardinals, State Farm Stadium. This multi-purpose stadium hosts the Fiesta Bowl annually, concerts, and local home shows. You can spend a whole day at the stadium with Westgate right next door. Westgate is an entertainment district filled with specialty shops, eateries, and entertainment.  


For those baseball fans, we have the Peoria Sports Complex. This sports complex is home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners spring training games. It is located just off Peoria’s main shopping district on Bell Road.  


For those animal lovers out there, the West Valley is home to the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. This 215-acre zoo specializes in African and south American animals and has Arizona’s largest exotic animals. 


Of course, we cannot forget about Lake Pleasant! Lake Pleasant Regional Park is in Peoria, Arizona, and is a major recreation hub in the northwest part of the Phoenix valley. Many people head to Lake Pleasant during the hot summer months to go boating, kayaking, and or fishing. It also offers the perfect location for stargazing because you are far away from the city center.  

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