Hidden Treasures in Phoenix
Looking for an insider's guide to Phoenix? We've got plenty of tips for those out-of-the-way places and things to do. Explore a mystery castle, take a scenic drive that's been called one of the best in the U.S., or view one of the most-photographed landmarks in Phoenix.
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.
Address: 5345 West Glendale Ave., Glendale AZ 85301 - Map
Phone: (623) 930-9000
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.
Address: 800 East Mineral Rd., Phoenix AZ 85042 - Map
Phone: (602) 268-1581
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.
Address: 231 North 3rd St., Phoenix AZ 85004 - Map
Phone: (602) 354-2100
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.
Address: 5050 E Red Rock Dr., Phoenix AZ 85018 - Map
Hear the history of sound and song at the Musical Instrument Museum
. Wireless headsets are issued to each visitor, and you can hear accompanying sounds near each display. Truly a unique museum experience.
Address: 4725 East Mayo Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85050 - Map
Phone: (480) 478-6000