Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Phoenix

Fri Mar 9, 2012 12:42am EST
 
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By David Schwartz

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Got 48 hours to explore Phoenix? The sun-drenched city, the nation's sixth-largest, which boasts up to 300 sunny days a year, is growing fast.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most from a short stay in the capitol of Arizona.

Friday

6 p.m. - Start at a place that bears the name of what a desert denizen is commonly called here -- The Phoenician (www.thephoenician.com). Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, this 250-acre resort offers a wide-lens view of the sprawling metropolitan area from its lobby deck.

Grab a prickly pear margarita, step outside, and enjoy the city's twinkling lights.

8 p.m. - Drive down Camelback Road to Central and Virginia for a taste of old-time Phoenix. Durant's (www.durantsaz.com) a wall-papered restaurant is where the who's who of Phoenix used to gather in the old days to cut deals and eat a good steak. Enter through the kitchen. Only out-of-towners use the front door. Save room for the strawberry shortcake for two.

Saturday

8 a.m. - Hungry for breakfast? There may be a crowd, but the red-bricked Matt's Big Breakfast (www.mattsbigbreakfast.com) on a corner just blocks from downtown Phoenix is well worth it. Order the Hog & Chick, two eggs and a choice of local thick-cut bacon, country sausage or off-the bone ham.   Continued...

 
A Northwest Airlines airplane departs Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, November 25, 2009. REUTERS/Joshua Lott