downtown chandler

Downtown Activities in Chandler, AZ

The Crowne Plaza San Marcos is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Chandler, Arizona, featuring countless activities, including shopping, restaurants, nightlife and galleries full of local flavor all within walking distance from the resort.


Chandler Fashion Center – Westcor’s latest innovative design in shopping is only minutes from the resort! The Chandler Fashion Center blends distinctive indoor and outdoor atmospheres into one upscale urban village. In addition to Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s, the center features a 20-screen theatre, 150 shops, restaurants and four adjacent boutiques and retail developments.

Old Downtown Chandler Square – Historic Downtown Chandler boasts an excellent variety of shopping and dining, as well as a host of museums and galleries all within walking distance from the hotel.

San Tan Village – San Tan Village combines department and specialty stores, a major cinema, indoor food court and a variety of restaurants in an open-air streetscape environment. Retailers include Dillard’s, J. Jill, Chico’s, SOMA, White House/Black Market, Ann Taylor, Macy’s and more. Approximately 10 miles from the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort.

Arizona Mills – Arizona’s largest value retail and entertainment mall! Circular layout, giant video walls and stunning architecture. More than 150 outlets and specialty stores, featuring Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks on Fifth, Ann Taylor Loft and many others! Excellent food court including restaurants such as Rainforest Café and Alcatraz Brewery. Family entertainment features American Wilderness Experience, Sega Gameworks and IMAX Theaters. Approximately 15 minutes from the Resort.

Phoenix Premium Outlets - The area's newest shopping destination. This upscale shopping center offers 90 outlets including Coach, Armani, DKNY, Elie Tahari and Sakes Fifth Avenue off 5th. 11 miles from the Crowne Plaza San Marcos. Visit the website here.


Jeep Tour – One of our most popular Arizona adventures! There’s nothing like seeing the dramatic desert panoramas from the comfort of an open Jeep. You’ll be gently bouncing over exciting back-country trails and learn all about the history, ecology and lore of the Sonoran Desert – with plenty of time for magnificent photo stops and a nature walk.

River Rafting – Guests are picked up at the hotel and transported to the river launch location. You will gently float through some of the most bio-diverse areas of the Sonoran Desert on the same type of raft you would use in white-water rafting. The emphasis on this trip is viewing nature with great opportunities for wildlife observation.

Horseback Riding – You and the cowboy’s best friend… You’ll soak up the deep blue sky and magnificent views of Arizona as your cowboy guide drives you from the Resort to your stables. Here you’ll be back in nature as you mount-up for a two-hour horseback adventure. This is a guided tour.

Rawhide Western Town – This authentic frontier town is Arizona’s largest western-themed attraction. Located on the Gila River Indian Community, Rawhide boasts gunfights, stunt shows, shootin’ gallery, gold panning, stagecoach rides, desert train, camel rides, pettin’ ranch, live country music, Sundown Cookouts, a real blacksmith and much more. Browse more than 10 specialty shops with everything authentic western to wear to Native American art to handmade jewelry to cowboy toys.

Hot Air Ballooning – Grab an eagle-eye view of the Sonoran Desert aboard a colorful FAA-certified hot air balloon. Experienced, entertaining pilots provide a silky smooth flying adventure. This fantastic flight includes a champagne brunch landing celebration, souvenir flight pin and certificate memento.

City Tour – A pleasant drive through the campus of Arizona State University and Papgo Park. In the park, you’ll visit the Desert Botanical Gardens, home to over 20,000 species comprising one of the more complete collections of desert flora in the world. Followed by a comprehensive tour of the Heard Museum, which offers the finest collection of historic and contemporary Native American arts, crafts and collections.

Apache Trail – Located along the base of the Superstition Mountains and home of the legendary Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, the trail features volcanic debris, canyons, sparkling lakes, towering saguaro cacti and a variety of desert plants and wildflowers. Tour Goldfield Ghost Town includes a guided tour of Old Mammoth Mine. There will also be time to visit the unique shops, general store and Superstition Mountain Museum. Then cruise Canyon Lake nestled in the spectacular beauty of the Tonto National Forest aboard Dolly’s Steamboat for a relaxing 90-minute tour. Approximately 6 hours.

Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon – Travel along the Black Canyon Highway to Montezuma’s Castle, an ancient Indian cliff dwelling. The dramatic cliff tells the story of the Sinagua civilization that vanished 800 years ago. Continue through Oak Creek Canyon and enter “Red Rock” country known as Sedona. Sedona received its name from the first Postmaster’s wife, and Zane Grey made it famous through his literature. Erosion has sculpted this panoramic masterpiece for over 350 million years. Shop the many specialty boutiques, famous art galleries and enjoy the fine outdoor cafes. Before departing Sedona, you will visit the spectacular Chapel of the Holy Cross built high on a hillside. Approximately 8 hours.

Grand Canyon – Nature at her most impressive! One of the seven wonders of the world… Stand on the edge and look with wonder at the power of wind, water and time. This is a full day tour. Begin the day with continental breakfast and fascinating stories as you travel through the desert to the high country.