What is the best way to see Phoenix in two days?

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If you have two days in the Phoenix, look to add in a wild West adventure. Start day one with a quick trip to a local breakfast hot spot such as Matt's Big Breakfast. Then spend the morning hitting the links or the picturesque hiking trails. The Phoenician in Scottsdale and the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix immerse you in the desert while still on the manicured greens, while a hike up Camelback or South Mountain is sure to work up an appetite. For lunch, check out the local specialty: Mexican cuisine with an Arizona twist at Barrio Café. Spend the afternoon at the Heard Museum for some Native American history. Wind the afternoon down at The Vig for affordable appetizers and killer cocktails. Dine over sunset views at Lon's at Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley or take the short trip out to Kai for Five-Star Native American cuisine and mountain views.

On day two, take a drive just outside the city center. Scenic roads abound east of the city and a trip to Saguaro Lake will take you through a forest of ancient saguaro cacti, while a drive up the Apache Trail brings breathtaking views and ends in the old-west town of Tortilla Flats. Don't want to add on the mileage? Head to the Desert Botanical Gardens where the best of the desert can be discovered on easy walking trails. Head to Gallo Blanco for a lunch of street-food-inspired tacos, or track down actual street fare from the upscale food trucks that dot the city — Short Leash Hot Dogs is a Phoenix favorite. Indulge in the afternoon — choose relaxing at Montelucia Resort & Spa or treat yourself to some shopping at Biltmore Fashion Park.

Looking for more excitement? With pro baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams, spring training, fall ball and Arizona State University in Tempe, there's always a game to catch. Spend your final evening in Phoenix downtown, at Pizzeria Bianco or Nobuo at Teeter House. Located across the way from each other in historic Heritage Square, both restaurants feature James Beard Award-winning chefs and to-die-for cuisine. If you've got enough energy for some nightlife, don't miss Char's Has the Blues in Phoenix for live music.

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