mis_gnomer

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Which school are you interviewing at? They're kind of on opposite sides of town, so if you want to stay close to either of them I'd give you different suggestions. But if you're planning to hang out in central Phoenix/airport area for a while, there's still lots to do.

There's lots of good restaurants especially in downtown, here's just a few: https://www.thrillist.com/eat/phoenix/the-essential-phoenix-restaurants-the-best-restaurants-in-phoenix
Matt's Big Breakfast and Pizzeria Bianco didn't make the above list but are some of my favorites and are really affordable too.

If you're looking for a coffee shop to hang out in, Lux on Central is my favorite but Songbird Coffee and Lola Coffee are also good options.

If you're the sciency type, the Arizona Science Center is pretty cool. If you like art/art museums, the Phoenix Art Museum is DOPE (and free on Wednesdays after 3). If you happen to be around on the first Friday of any month, you can check out the live music, food trucks, shops, and art exhibits on Roosevelt Row as well. (Art Museum has free admission, too).

I would check on what will be going on during the time of your visit, there's a number of food festivals and events that happen in the fall. Here's a good place to start: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/calendar

If you're into sports/outdoorsy stuff, that's not really my area of expertise so I don't know what to tell you, haha. But I'm sure you'll find something!

Phoenix actually has a crapload of events and activities, you just might have to dig a little to find them. I hope you enjoy your time here, and let me know if you have any questions!
 

TXftw

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Go drinking on mill or old town Scottsdale. I recommend El hefe, cake, or hi fi specifically.
 
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Hiking! South Mountain, Camelback, A mountain, Usery Mountain trails. All great places.
 

hannah_hoac

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Sedona (~2 hours away) and Grand Canyon (~4 hours away) are great scenic outdoor areas.

In Phoenix, not much during day time because it's hot but I like the Arizona Science center. You can go to Old Town Scottsdale at night and walk around.
 

BobbyBeavis

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I'm spending 5 days in arizona. Any good restaurants/bars? Heading out Friday morning and gonna go to grand canyon that day then don't have anything else planned
 
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Depends on what you like to do for fun. There's Scottsdale Fashion Square, which is a massive mall with higher-end stores. Old Town is also something to see/do at night, as there's tons of bars and unique mom and pop businesses.

For scenery, I'd try out Sedona or the Grand Canyon...though you'll have a bit of a drive.

Overall, Arizona is pretty spread out and you'll have to do a fair bit a driving to do anything worthwhile.
 
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hannah_hoac

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I'm spending 5 days in arizona. Any good restaurants/bars? Heading out Friday morning and gonna go to grand canyon that day then don't have anything else planned
I like the pizza (thin crust) and crepes at Cibo (Downtown PHX), has outdoor music and it's very popular (on Yelp). For Asian food, go to Mekong Plaza (a lot of selection).
Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant in Tempe is da bomb!
 
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