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Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

Located surprisingly close to downtown Phoenix is the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, the site of the remains of a 1,500-year-old Hohokam village. The site is a National Historic Landmark and the largest preserved archaeological site in the region. Mysteriously abandoned around 1450, all that remains of the village is enclosed in a small museum with artefacts and exhibits showing daily life in the settlement. Hiking trails wind around the ruins and replicas themselves, so visitors should come prepared for the hot weather of southern Arizona. The site hosts the Pueblo Grande Indian Market each December, featuring more than 250 local artisans. For those who miss the market, there is a museum shop open year-round.

Website: phoenix.gov/recreation/arts/museums/pueblo/index.html