Experience Phoenix: The Desert Botanical Garden

          I played a guessing game in my Instagram story last week to see if you guys could guess where I went on vacation! A lot of you were right on the money and I am so happy that I am finally able to share all of my recent adventures. In case you weren't tuned in, I went to Arizona! This was my first cross-country trip ever and I had an amazing time. This trip actually came full circle for me because Arizona was on my destination list for my 25th birthday. Who knew a few months later my best friend would be moving there and that's where we would spend her 25th! Life is funny like that.

During my time in Phoenix, I got to visit the Desert Botanical Garden. I've recently fallen in love with plants and I love cacti and succulents.  I now have three, currently nursing one back to health (there's always one), so this visit meant a lot to me. Almost everything about Arizona has this tranquil bohemian vibe, so I felt right at home.

The Desert Botanical Garden is comprised of 140 acres, home to 50,000 plant displays and 379 endangered species. Curated in 1939, the Desert Botanical Garden opened its doors after a small group of passionate local citizens saw the need to conserve the beautiful desert environment. Since then, 8 decades have passed and the Desert Botanical Garden has blossomed from a conservationist's dream into a living museum.

Earlier that day, we traveled from Sedona to Phoenix and the temperature was on the rise. Fortunately, it's monsoon season in Arizona right now. Which means that torrential downpours can come out of nowhere and last from a few minutes to a few hours. Terrifying? Yes! I say fortunately because the clouds actually helped cool us down during our time at the Garden. Sweating profusely ain't cute for pics. We went around 6:30 and the tickets go down after 5 pm. So if you want to beat the heat, go later in the day for a nice discount!

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix has several different trails that you can explore:

Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail
Center for Desert Living Trail
Desert Discovery Loop Trail
Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower  Loop Trail
Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail

I can't describe what I felt when walking around exploring those beautiful trails. It was so serene and I literally could feel the hustle and bustle of the day melting off my shoulders. When it came to me choosing my outfit I planned it with the botanical garden in mind. I got my top from one of LOFT's amazing sales for $25! With fall right around the corner, I know I can wear this olive top over the next few months. It was also perfect for the dry desert heat.

Raise your hand if you were personally victimized by Bermuda shorts in middle school! I must admit I grimaced when I first saw this trend coming back into play. I knew I could never go back to the days of neon-colored Bermuda shorts that were too long and borderline capris. I opted for the distressed boyfriend look. As soon as I tried them on at Target I loved them. My pair only cost $19 so grab them while you can!

         If you're traveling to Arizona any time soon you must visit the Desert Botanical Garden! If you can't tell it's easily one of the most instagrammable places in the city, one you don't want to miss! Thank you so much to the city of Phoenix and Visit Phoenix for allowing my best friend and I to experience this gem. Like always, all opinions are my own.

What type of places do you like to visit on vacation?

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