The westside is a must visit for lovers of nature, theater and collector cars.
Arizona Broadway Theatre
Theater aficionados enjoy an atmosphere of fine dining complemented by an outstanding lineup of quality productions. Highlights: Chicago, Sept. 19-Oct. 30; Elf the Musical, Nov. 26-Dec. 30; Gypsy, Jan. 21-Feb. 20; and Flashdance the Musical, March 18-April 24.
7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria
Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve
This archaeology museum and 47-acre Sonoran Desert preserve is home to the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Valley. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water to hike a quarter-mile trail that takes visitors to a place where people left their mark on the hills some 800 to 5,000 years ago by pecking more than 1,500 symbols into the black basalt boulders.
3711 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix
Historic Downtown Glendale
White picket fences and mature shade trees surround bungalows-turned-specialty shops and unique eateries in Catlin Court, which spans 10 square blocks and transforms into a winter wonderland for Glendale Glitters, Nov. 19-Jan. 9.
59th and Glendale avenues, Glendale
Martin Auto Museum
A premier destination for car enthusiasts, this nonprofit venue showcases more than 60 vehicles on display and a vast collection of memorabilia, allowing guests to trace automotive history over the past 100 years.
17641 N. Black Canyon Hwy., Phoenix
(moving to new location in late September, 43rd Avenue and Thunderbird Road)
Pioneer Living History Museum
Guides dressed in period costumes show guests through this 90-acre historical village from the 1800s. The sheriff’s office and jail, opera house, blacksmith shop and one-room schoolhouse are among the highlights. You can even get married in the church.
3901 W. Pioneer Rd., Phoenix
The resident company at Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, this nonprofit community theater presents musicals, comedies and dramatic plays for adults and children. A Curiouser Nutcracker, Nov. 18-Dec. 31, is a multisensory experience that catapults guests into the worlds of Alice in Wonderland and The Nutcracker.
10580 N. 83rd Dr., Peoria