Forget about Rand McNally. Forget about Frommer's. If you are after the most unique and interesting places in Phoenix, look no further than the city's Points of Pride program.
The Phoenix Points of Pride is a special campaign formed in 1992 by the Phoenix Pride Commission. Twenty-five carefully selected Points of Pride were chosen from more than 150 candidates to represent the best attractions that Phoenix has to offer.
The list includes parks, cultural centers, historic properties, and mountains in the Phoenix area. Today, that number has grown to 32 places with the newest ones added in 2008.
Many of Phoenix's well-known landmarks such as the Phoenix Zoo and the US Airways Center (formerly America West Arena) are on the list. There are also a few surprises, like the Ben Avery Shooting Range and the Telephone Pioneers of America park in North Phoenix. The Deer Valley Rock Art Center that I visited late last year recently became a Phoenix Point of Pride.
To view the full list of locations, check out the Phoenix Points of Pride page on the City of Phoenix website. It is a great starting point for planning a day trip adventure or family outing. It's also a good way to show visiting family members and friends what Phoenix is all about.