Phoenix for History Buffs

Don't fret, history buffs. Yes, though the Valley is known for its new shopping destinations and sparkling neighborhoods, there is still plenty of history to explore.

The downtown Phoenix area plays host to a number of historical sites and museums, including Heritage Square, which gives a sneak peek at the city's Victorian past. Tour the Arizona Capitol Museum and learn about Arizona's history before wandering through Wesley Bolin Memorial Park, one of the Phoenix Points of Pride.

The Valley also is the site of archaeological ruins, which you can explore at the Pueblo Grande Museum. To learn about native arts and cultures, head to the Heard Museum. 

Famous residents also have shaped the history of the Valley, so take time to visit the homes of architect Frank Lloyd Wright (Taliesin West) and gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. (Wrigley Mansion).

And, of course, take in our ever-evolving landscape and innovative new destinations, because one day those will be part of Phoenix's rich history as well.

Michelle Glicksman
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