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In Town in Phoenix, Arizona

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Photo Credit: Dreamstime.com

 

Traveling to Phoenix, Arizona for the first time? If you’ve got time to explore the largest city in the South West, these are some of the best attractions worth checking out.

  1. Ak-Chin Pavilion
    The Ak-Chin Pavilion, formerly known as the Cricket Pavilion is an amphitheater that hosts concerts and other musical events for audiences of up to 20,000 people. If you’ve visiting Phoenix from April to October (when the Pavilion is open) there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to catch a show. The 2014 Summer Line-Up includes performers Kiss, and Def Leopard, and country star, Blake Shelton. The Ak-Chin Pavilion is located in Western Phoenix, less than 10 minutes away from our InTown Suites Phoenix West location.
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks
    The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team was established fairly recently in 1998. The team plays home games at Chase Field, in downtown Phoenix. Fun fact: Chase Field is the first baseball field in the USA to have a fully retractable roof. Going to a ball game is one of America’s favorite pastimes, and you’ll enjoy cheering on the Diamondbacks as they hit a home run. Luckily you can get a good deal on seats, tickets can often be obtained for as low as $10.
  3. Phoenix Mountain Park
    Love hiking? You won’t have to travel far to hit the trails in Phoenix. Right in the heart of the city is Phoenix Mountain Park, which has lots of paths to explore. A two hour hike will take you up to the top, the Piestewa Peak. As always when hiking, remember to wear sturdy shoes, and bring plenty of water and sunscreen with you.
  4. Desert Botanical Gardens
    Ever wondered how plants and animals survive and even thrive in Arizona’s desert climate? Learn all about Arizona’s ecosystem at the Desert Botanical Gardens. You’ll get to see and learn about the types of plants that grow in the area, and plants from deserts all over the world. In addition to plant life, you’ll like spot some of the area’s wildlife like birds and lizards. If you attend one of their nighttime flashlight tours, you may even spot some night hawks or owls.
  5. Kierland Commons
    Kierland Commons is a great shopping destination and it’s also an awesome spot for people watching. The outdoor shopping center is filled with your favorite stores like Michael Kors and Sur La Table. When you are tired of shopping, sit back and enjoy the sights around the dancing water fountains.

What do you plan on doing on your first trip to Phoenix, Arizona?

Exploring Austin’s Food Truck Scene

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Photo Credit: GuacNRollAustin.com

In the past couple of years, there has been an explosion of food trucks around the country. Food trucks provide fast and inexpensive, yet delicious meals to urbanites. While you can now find food trucks in nearly every city, from Albany, to Yuma, Austin is still one of the food truck capitals of the USA.

In Austin, you can find over 1000 food trucks driving/parked around. Many of the owners are passionate about food and love to cook, and instead of spending thousands of dollars on opening a restaurant, they’ve decided to take their delicious foods to the streets. Here are 5 of our favorite food trucks worth tracking down in Austin, Texas.

  1. Guac N’ Roll
    The perfect truck for any guacamole lover. Guac N’ Roll serves up a variety of guacamole with chips and salsa, along with a few other Mexican dishes. What makes this spot special is that each order of guacamole is made to order – it doesn’t get much fresher than that. All of their food is vegan but trust us, you won’t miss the meat. Planning on catching the game back on the TV in your room? Buy the Big Box Guac and bring it back with you to InTown Suites.
  2. Mmmpanadas
    Mmmpanadas are bringing empanadas, the South American pastry, to Austin, Texas. The food truck makes traditional-style Argentinian empanadas filled with minced beef and onions, and they’ve also created their own delicious takes on the pastry. Some of their popular flavors include ham and cheese, and green chili chicken. They also make some delicious dessert empanadas, we love the peach cobbler.
  3. Love Balls
    We had never heard of takoyaki before eating at Love Balls. It’s a ball of pancake dough that’s filled with octopus and other savory ingredients. The balls are then topped with delicious sauce and garnishes. We’ve included Love Balls, because they stick to what their good at, they only serve takoyaki (though they do made a vegetarian version). They do offer a couple of different toppings, from traditional Japanese sauces to fusions styles like Caprese.
  4. Kerlin BBQ
    Texas is world renowned for its delicious BBQ, so it’s no wonder that one of our favorite food trucks is serving up some of the best BBQ in town. The menu is small, mostly beef and pork (we almost always order the brisket), along with a few classic sides like beans and coleslaw. Trust us, you’ll keep coming back for more!
  5. CoolHaus
    We’re rounding out this list with dessert! CoolHaus is so cool because they are a food truck serving up artisanal cookies and ice-cream. The idea might sound a little plain Jane, but their flavor combinations make them anything but. Some unusual, but delicious flavors include Thai Tea, Spicy Pineapple Cilantro, and Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Which Austin food trucks will you be eating at when you visit Austin?