There are so many things to do in the Valley of the Sun. If you love the great Southwest outdoors (or are merely curious) there are miles upon miles of hiking, mountain biking or sauntering through one of the many beautiful desert preserves. Rock climbing is a favored sport among Arizonians, and companies offer tours for all skill levels and abilities. Phoenix is also the gateway to the Grand Canyon National Park. If you'd prefer a less strenuous tour of Phoenix, take a hot air balloon ride! For the city lover, Phoenix is a playground with something for everyone. Tour Central Phoenix in search of all the hottest nightlife, shopping, and restaurants, or look around for museums such as the Heard Museum of American Indian Art and Culture or learn about the beautiful plants at Desert Botanical Gardens in Papago Park.