Welcome to our slice of paradise... Arizona!
Whether you're rooting for the Clemson Tigers or the Alabama Crimson Tide in this year's College Football Playoff Championship Game, we know you want to enjoy all Arizona has to offer while you're here. Since we're based in Arizona, we have the low down on where to go and what to see.
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The Top Attractions for the 2016 College Football Championship Game in Arizona:
Websites for the skinny on what is happening around town
A Local Treasure:
Advanced Tickets and reservations suggested. Walking shoes and sunscreen recommended. Lunch available at the Restaurant and Café. Don’t Forget your Camera!
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Hiking (Instagram Worthy!):
Echo Canyon Hiking Trail on Camelback Mountain
Athletic Shoes, Water, & Sunscreen are needed to complete this advanced level hike
5700 N Echo Canyon Pkwy
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Old Town Scottsdale- Restaurants and Shopping
Top Restaurants to Eat, Drink and Celebrate a Win!
Pizzeria Bianco- Downtown- Be prepared for a wait (like 2 hours) but there's a great wine bar next door
Sierra Bonita Grill- Central Phoenix- Spicy Mexican Food
Jade Bar- Paradise Valley at The Sanctuary Resort, fun cocktails, get dressed up!
The Gladly- The Biltmore Area- Small plates, big flavor, curated cocktails. Get the ice ball- trust us!
Rito's- Downtown and Surprise- good down home Mexican Food. Open morning and afternoon.
El Chorro- Paradise Valley-upscale restaurant with great views!
Hash Kitchen - Scottsdale - brunch and lunch
Gertrudes Restaurant at DBG- Phoenix / Tempe
Hillstone- Biltmore Area- variety of food
Los Dos Molinos- Various Locations. Everything is spicy. Thank goodness they serve pitchers of margaritas!
La Grande Orange- Arcadia/ Phoenix- Breakfast and Lunch- Upscale Neighborhood Market
Chelsea's Kitchen- Arcadia/Phoenix- Lunch and Dinner (Weekend Brunch)
Durants- Uptown Phoenix - Legendary Old School Steakhouse
Tonto Bar and Grill- Cake Creek- Scenic and Family Friendly
Steak 44- Arcadia/Phoenix- Upscale steak house
Morning Squeeze- Old Town Scottsdale- Breakfast and Lunch
Tarbell's- Biltmore Area- Neighborhood restaurant, upscale but comfortable
Lon's at The Hermosa Inn-Paradise Valley/Scottsdale- A tucked away historic Soutwest Restaurant
Sassi- North Scottsdale- Italian
AZ88- Old Town Scottsdale- American Food with a great bar and people watching, open late!
Cafe Monarch- Old Town Scottsdale- Reservations needed! some say it's a bucket list restaurant
Richardson's - Central Phoenix- New Mexican Inspired Food
A multi-day fan festival that gives thousands of fans the opportunity to be a part of the College Football Playoff National Championship experience, with appearances from the participating institutions’ bands, cheerleaders and mascots and mini pep rallies for each participating team. Filled with various activities including interactive games, sponsor activities, special guest appearances and exhibits celebrating college football, this family friendly event creates memories that last a lifetime.
Family friendly entertainment
Food and beverage
Youth sports clinics
Band performances – Sunday, January 10 starting at 4 p.m. MT
Open to the public on Saturday, January 9 starting at 8 a.m. MT
Live from Hall 4
Tickets – ON SALE NOW!
$12 for adults
$7 for children, students, seniors and military
$5 for groups of 20 or more
Location: Phoenix Convention Center, North Building (Halls 1 – 6)
Friday, January 8, 2016, 3 – 8 p.m. MT
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. MT
Sunday, January 10, 2016, Noon – 8 p.m. MT
A virtual playlist for every segment of the population that makes up the college football fan base! The free, outdoor concert series will take place during championship weekend and will feature a variety of national recording artists.
Performances by The Band Perry, Ciara, John Mellencamp, David Nail, WALK THE MOON, Andy Grammer and Moon Taxi and Campus DJ
Sunday Only – Performances by institution bands, mascots and cheerleaders starting at 5:15 p.m. MT!
Downtown Phoenix (Block 23 – Between First, Second, Washington and Jefferson Streets)
Friday, January 8, 2016 – The Band Perry, David Nail and Campus DJ
Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Ciara, WALK THE MOON and Campus DJ National Championship
Sunday, January 10, 2016 – John Mellencamp, Andy Grammer, Moon Taxi and Campus DJ *Gates open each day at Noon MT
More info can be found at The College Football Playoff Website
Arizona is the perfect place to kick back with a great drink, take in some world-class local fare, enjoy the amazing sunsets and cheer on your team during this year's College Football Playoff Championship Game- enjoy!