Hidden Treasures
in Phoenix, AZ

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If you’re looking for must-see hidden spots in the area, you’ve come to the right place. We have everything you’re looking for to enjoy the town – whether for a few, fun vacation days or as a new resident. The area is full of quaint little plazas and gardens, and gorgeous cathedrals for a fun-filled afternoon with friends and family.

Among hidden treasures, you will also find important memorials and historic buildings that you won’t want to miss during your outing. Below you’ll find a detailed description of each location, along with their address, phone number, and website, to check out more information. We also have a useful map to easily plan your visit to every spot you want to hit.
Biosphere 2
Biosphere 2

(520) 838-6200

32540 S Biosphere Rd
Oracle, AZ 85739   Directions

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Step into the world of Biosphere 2 at the University of Arizona, a self-contained microcosm of the world and its various climates, including a rain forest, simulated ocean and more. Originally built for research purposes, Biosphere 2 also holds daily tours throughout its amazing system of trails and levels.

Brass Armadillo Antique Mall
Brass Armadillo Antique Mall

(602) 942-0030

12419 N 28th Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85029   Directions

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Come browse through collectibles, antiques and memorabilia from more than 600 antiques dealers at Brass Armadillo Antique Mall. The shopping facility also has a large selection of Star Wars memorabilia and other nostalgic collectibles.

Cerreta's Candy Company
Cerreta's Candy Company

(602) 930-9000

5345 W Glendale Ave
Glendale, AZ 85301   Directions

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Discover the inner-workings of candy creation at the Cerreta Candy Company. The 4th generation of candy makers throw open the doors of their factory every day for public tours. Watch vats of chocolate being poured into delicate candy molds, and hear popcorn popping before it gets bathed in luscious caramel.

Copenhaver Castle
Copenhaver Castle

(480) 201-1481

5050 E Red Rock Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85018   Directions

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Take the scenic drive to Copenhaver Castle, an eight-level private residence located on Camelback Mountain that was built in the style of medieval architecture. One of the most-photographed landmarks in Phoenix, the 7,800-square-foot castle contains 20 rooms with plenty of secret passageways and trap doors.

Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve
Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve

(623) 582-8007

3711 W Deer Valley Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85308   Directions

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Located at the Hedgpeth Hills petroglyph site on the 47 acre Sonoran Desert preserve, Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve has the largest concentration of the Native American petroglyphs. There are more than 1,500 recorded petroglyphs on almost 600 boulders where research is still being conducted.

Desert Ridge Marketplace
Desert Ridge Marketplace

(480) 513-7586

21001 N Tatum Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85050   Directions

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Historic Heritage Square
Historic Heritage Square

(602) 261-8063

113 N 6th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004   Directions

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Stroll through Historic Heritage Square for a visual feast that celebrates Phoenix's Victorian history. The square is anchored by the Rosson House, dating from the late 1800s. Today, the structures are occupied by museums, shops and restaurants, but the historic architecture remains.

Mystery Castle
Mystery Castle

(602) 268-1581

800 E Mineral Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85042   Directions

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Learn the secret of Mystery Castle, one of the most talked-about and visited sites in Phoenix. The eclectic, folk-art style castle was built by Boyce Luther Gulley, who moved away from his wife and daughter in 1930 after learning that he had tuberculosis. He relocated to Phoenix, built the castle from discarded items and willed it to his daughter. She now lives there and tours are available to the public during the day.

Scottsdale Art Walk
Scottsdale Art Walk

(480) 998-4323

E Main St & N Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251   Directions

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Take a leisurely stroll at America's original art walk, the Scottsdale Art Walk. The event takes place every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., when dozens of galleries throw open their doors and welcome sightseers with wine, food and accessible art.

St. Mary's Basilica
St. Mary's Basilica

(602) 354-2100

231 N 3rd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004   Directions

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Visit the last remaining basilica in Arizona, St. Mary's Basilica. The church was built in 1914 and is one of the most-photographed religious icons in the area. The structure has an otherworldly atmosphere, and visitors discover that they leave in a peaceful state of mind.

Taliesin West | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Taliesin West | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

(480) 627-5340

12345 Taliesin Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85259   Directions

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Tour one of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces, Taliesin West. He designed the magnificent structure as his private winter home, studio and architectural campus. Public tours take place every day. Also, themed tours are available that incorporate details and Wright's architectural theories.

Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights
Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights

(602) 256-3221

5025 E Van Buren St
Phoenix, AZ 85026   Directions

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Learn about this unique and historic Phoenix landmark,and get a first-hand look at Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights and it's Cactus Gardens. Take a tour and learn the interesting, fact-filled stories about the property and its history.

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