Phoenix Newbie

  1. Well I finally made it! I have made the long journey from Ohio to AZ! I am getting started in my job and settling down here in Chandler! So far I love it.
    I agree with the other posts that it is a beautiful state. Much more exciting than Ohio.

    So, all you natives, tell me, what is there to do in this town?? Where are all the famous spots in Phoenix?? I literally know no one here besides my family that moved with me. I have only been here 1 week. Ive been slowly exploring Chandler/Mesa/Tempe. My fiancee and I love the theatre, dining out (all restaurants from fast food to fine dining), shopping, out door activities, museums, bar hopping occasionally....
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   c18436572
    Well Welcome to AZ! I'm sure it will be a great experience for you!
    Although I'm not THAT familiar with Chandler, I am an AZ native so if you have any questions, feel free!

    Tanya
  4. by   rnmom3153
    WELCOME! WELCOME! :groupwelcome: ( AZ Nurses :-)
  5. by   AmericanChai
    Hi! I am in Chandler. I have two small children (one with special needs) and am a prenursing student so I have NO life. lol! But I wanted to give you a warm welcome. Do you work at Banner Desert?
  6. by   boomerfriend
    Tempe's got some great dining and lots of great stores. My favorites include Wildflower Bread Co., Trader Joes and Changing Hands Bookstore. Chandler Fashion Center is a great one for just about everything you need at a mall. Also, can't forget about IKEA!!
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    Seriously, we drive up to PHX once in a while just to go to IKEA! I love that place! And Costco home!

    Welcome to Az. I wish I could help you more, but unless it's off if I-10 or it's the airport, I'm pretty unfamiliar with Phoenix. It's just so darn big!
  8. by   GrnHonu99
    Thanks guys

    I like Chandler so far. I just dont even think ive grasped how BIG Phoenix really is. I just need to get out and drive around this city. It's such a change from the midwest. It's culture shock I just started my new job at St. Joe's. Im still in orientation and awaiting to take the NCLEX

    So besdies St. Joe's, what is worth seeing downtown?? Any neat places to walk around, shops?

    Erica
  9. by   chica2
    Hey "GO BUCKS"!! I am living in Columbus at present, but am taking an assignment in Mesa Jan.'07. Have lived here for 6 yrs--climate leaves alot to be desired! Previously lived in Dallas area for 24 yrs. Anyway, have been to Az. on several occasions. If you like to sight see there is ALOT to keep you busy for awhile. Sedona is gorgeous (approx. 2 hr.drive). Jerome is a cool little town built on the side of a mountain. Somewhat closer then Sedona. Tortilla Flats -take Superstition hwy. Of course there is Tombstone, but that's more like 3 hours from phx. Try Kartchner Caverns towards Tombstone VERY interesting! There are alot of missions with great history behind them. I haven't been to Flagstaff or Prescott yet, but I sure will do that this trip!!! I drove to Crown King-- that's a different experience. 26 miles of unpaved road with a general store?! I got tics to the bowl game in GlendaleO--H--I--O GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Bucks!!
  10. by   GrnHonu99
    Quote from chica2
    Hey "GO BUCKS"!! I am living in Columbus at present, but am taking an assignment in Mesa Jan.'07. Have lived here for 6 yrs--climate leaves alot to be desired! Previously lived in Dallas area for 24 yrs. Anyway, have been to Az. on several occasions. If you like to sight see there is ALOT to keep you busy for awhile. Sedona is gorgeous (approx. 2 hr.drive). Jerome is a cool little town built on the side of a mountain. Somewhat closer then Sedona. Tortilla Flats -take Superstition hwy. Of course there is Tombstone, but that's more like 3 hours from phx. Try Kartchner Caverns towards Tombstone VERY interesting! There are alot of missions with great history behind them. I haven't been to Flagstaff or Prescott yet, but I sure will do that this trip!!! I drove to Crown King-- that's a different experience. 26 miles of unpaved road with a general store?! I got tics to the bowl game in GlendaleO--H--I--O GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Bucks!!
    you got tickets?!?!?! You are so lucky!
  11. by   Ion
    One of the best gun shows in the southwest is this weekend at the fair grounds. in Phoenix.
  12. by   akmegs2
    I agree with what everyone has said so far. I am in Chandler too--LOVE being close the the mall and all the restaurants in the area! I recommend Mill Avenue in Tempe as well...there are cute shops and Tempe Town Lake is right up the street and is a fun place to walk or jog. Also this weekend on Mill(starting tomorrow I think) is the Tempe Arts Festival. There are tons of booths with local artists, musicians and photographers, etc.......and FOOD! Hopefully the weather will cooperate and warm up a bit this weekend to make it a little more enjoyable. WELCOME!
  13. by   pattchez
    If you want to go out to eat there are several great places around the Chandler Mall...the Elephant Bar is great. Also the Keg is great place to eat at the Mall. Chandler...has a winery in the downtown area...with a small resturant...if you like that kind of place....fun. If you like plays...the Hale Theater is great ...has great seating. There are so many wonderful places in the valley...it will just take time to enjoy them all!!
  14. by   Calzonan RN
    If you don't mind spending a little $$ for great food, there is a place in downtown Tempe (right off of 7th and Mill) called 'House of Tricks'. It is an old house, converted to a restaraunt. AWESOME food, very romantic!! During the winter they have a big outdoor central fire burning, and the food....let's just say go there hungry and leave room for dessert!!! They have the best dessert in town!!
    That said, there is so much to do here. If you like hiking you can hike up to the wind caves over by Superstition mountains (can't remember the name right now), you just missed Gilbert Days, where there's a big parade and then rodeos in Gilbert. Chandler has the ostrich festival. Chandler Mall is awesome and they're building a new mall out at S-202 and Greenfield.

    I've heard a lot of good things about St. Joes, congratulations on getting a job there and starting your new career!!! I hope to be in starting my new job this time next year!!
    Keli
    Graduate Dec '07!!!!
    Last edit by Calzonan RN on Dec 3, '06

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