To actually enjoy the views on your way up 2,704 feet, you’ll probably have to get up at the crack of dawn before the heat hits -- especially in the summer. But with water, sunscreen, and a good pair of running shoes, you’ll be just fine (it just might take you a little while to get to the top). If you go, you'll probably take either the Echo Canyon trail or the Cholla trail, and both are pretty strenuous, but totally worth it. (And if you'd rather not scale Camelback, try any of these other great hikes in the Valley.)
Walk, eat, drink, shop and catch live shows at First Friday
On the first Friday of every month, downtown Phoenix turns into a huge street festival. Grab something to go from a food truck and walk through live music, street exhibitions, and open art galleries downtown. It’ll be hard not to spend money on cool trinkets you find along the way, but take the light rail downtown to save money and avoid the hassle of finding parking.