Teresa Bitler

Lives In

Phoenix, Arizona


  • Indiana University

Teresa Bitler moved to Phoenix before her first birthday and has spent most of her life in the Valley of the Sun, except for a few years in the Midwest where she earned a journalism degree from Indiana State University and a few years in Southern California, where she met her husband. After moving back to Phoenix and starting a family, Teresa began writing for local magazines. That's when she rediscovered just what makes Phoenix so amazing. 

Since she has authored three Arizona guidebooks (with another on the way) and written about Phoenix for AAA, Sunset, the Arizona Office of Tourism, Visit Phoenix, and many local and national publications. Often, her photographs accompany her articles. 

Teresa has been writing about Phoenix for TripSavvy since 2020.



Teresa has spent most of her life in Phoenix and has watched it grow from a medium-sized city to the fifth-largest in the United States. She took grade school field trips to the Heard Museum and Phoenix Art Museum, got married on the front lawn of the Wigwam Resort, and later visited some of the Valley's best sites, like Taliesin West and the Musical Instrument Museum, with her own kids.

An award-winning travel writer, Teresa graduated from Indiana University with a journalism degree in 1990. She has written about the Phoenix real estate market, the city's restaurants and hotels, its attractions, local businesses, and home décor over the last 15 years. On weekends, you'll likely find her checking out the latest brewpub, searching for the best cheese crisp in the Valley, or trying something new, like flying in a World War II trainer over the Superstition Mountains. 


Teresa graduated from Indiana University in 1990 with a degree in journalism. She wrote for several local newspapers before taking time off to start a family. When her youngest started kindergarten, she began writing for a local real estate magazine, branching out to other local publications where she wrote about local attractions, restaurants, and businesses. 

Since, she has written for National Geographic Traveler, AAA, Sunset, and American Way, to name a few outlets. She's the author of multiple guidebooks, including her latest, "100 Things to Do in Mesa Before You Die" (release date Spring 2021).  

About TripSavvy and Dotdash

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