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posted on March 8th, 2016

While the rest of the country is battling through blizzards and El Niño, Phoenix, Arizona is sitting pretty at seventy-five and sunny.

In fact, the end of winter is the best time of year to be in Phoenix, because Arizona’s winter is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant places to be. Why? Winter in Arizona likely resembles the summer that you’re used to anywhere else.

Phoenix has become hot spot for all age groups. Whether you’re a college student flocking from one of the three flagship schools (University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and Arizona State University), a suburban family settling in the comfortable Awahtukee area, or a retiree looking to get away to the secluded hills of Scottsdale, Phoenix has something and somewhere for you.

There’s plenty to do in the Phoenix sunshine, from breathtaking hikes to bottomless brunch. Here is a guide to your average late winter day in the desert.

Hiking

The beauty of the desert is often overlooked, but once you immerse yourself in the  the jagged mountains that surround the city of Phoenix, it’s hard to miss why Phoenicians consider hiking one of their favorite pastimes.

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Whether you’re taking a quick four-mile hike up the famous Camelback Mountain or taking in the unmatchable views on the longer trek of Havasupai Falls, to come to Phoenix and not take advantage of the mild weather hiking season is a crime. Hey, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, the Grand Canyon is only about 330 miles north of Phoenix, just a short car ride away!

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Brunch

Looking for bottomless mimosas? You have options. The District, in Scottsdale’s hip Old Town, boasts about their famous “liquid brunch”, which offers $15 mimosas with $.01 refills. While RNR, also located in Scottsdale, offers a similar — as they like to say, “keep ‘em coming” — deal with $15 bottomless mimosas.

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Boozy brunch not your style? You must go to Gladly, which was voted “Best Sunday Brunch” by the Phoenix New Times. Better yet, if you’re not in the mood for breakfast, Gladly is the home of the famous “Original Chopped Salad” (which is heaven in a bowl).

Sports

One major part of Phoenix this time of year is their love of two big sports events: Waste Management Open (WMO) and Spring Training.

The WMO comes to Phoenix every year in early February. It’s an exciting tournament where the best pro golfers come to town along with crowds of golf fans, and every college student in the state, to enjoy sunshine, golf, great food, and up-to-par amusement. 

Spring training is another amazing way for sports lovers to enjoy Phoenix. You can enjoy watching baseball players warm up for their upcoming season in one of the ten stadiums that sprawl all over Phoenix, which host 15 teams including the Arizona Cardinals, the San Francisco Giants, and the Kansas City Royals. This year’s training is beginning and will continue on until the teams settle back in their hometowns for regular season.

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Night life

Two words: Old Town.  

There is a variety of options when deciding where to hit the town in Phoenix. You can swing by the southwestern-themed El Hefe, the hip and popular Bottled Blonde, or you can head back to the District for a second round after brunch. However, at the top of the list is Maya Day and Night Club, which is a scene plucked straight from Las Vegas and offers year-round pool parties and DJs like Calvin Harris and Skrillex for big events.

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Don’t worry if you’re not in the mood to walk to and from one bar to the next, Old Town has a golf cart taxi service, “Caddy Rides”, where you and your comrades can pile into a golf cart and coast up and down the strip at your leisure.

Now that you’ve had a small taste of what the desert has to offer, it’s hard to swallow that, somewhere, you are currently shivering through your days when you know that there is endless summer just south and west.

Shannen works in Customer Support at Turo, but her real passion lies in writing and befriending other people's pets. She is certain that her life would be useless without art, music, poetry, and novels meant for folks half her age.