Phoenix, AZ

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Downtown Phoenix featuring a garden

In Arizona’s capital city, discover a lively downtown, many outstanding museums, fascinating Native American historical relics and stunning natural beauty.

Phoenix is a sunny oasis with an equally cheerful atmosphere. Explore Downtown Phoenix on foot to enjoy the warm weather and explore award-winning restaurants, lively nightlife and a charming historic district. Stop at Roosevelt Row to learn about the city’s burgeoning arts and music community.

Discover numerous cultural institutions in Phoenix. Browse through classic and modern art in the Phoenix Art Museum. Learn about the Southwest’s rich Native American history in the Heard Museum. See and play instruments from across the world at the Musical Instrument Museum and learn through interactive exhibits in the Arizona Science Center. The Hall of Flame Fire Museum covers 300 years of firefighting history.

See over 1,000 animals, including many endangered species, in the Phoenix Zoo. Follow themed trails taking you from Arizona, Africa and the tropics to family-friendly farms.

Wrigley Mansion sits atop La Colina Solana, which means small, sunny hill. It certainly lives up to its name. From the stately home enjoy views of Downtown Phoenix, Camelback Mountain and the wider Valley of the Sun.

Find Hole-in-the-Rock on a small sandstone hill in Papago Park. The unique geological phenomenon has been in the works for millions of years and offers stunning panoramic views of Phoenix.

Learn about the Valley of the Sun’s first indigenous residents at Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. Discover the homes and tools of a Native American Indian tribe that dates back about 1,500 years.

The Desert Botanical Garden shows that even the driest deserts host a wealth of life. In the Sonoran Desert, pick out the iconic Camelback Mountain, which resembles a resting camel. The mountain’s “hump” offers some of the best views in the state.

Use Phoenix as your gateway to the Valley of the Sun and greater Arizona. Visit nearby Scottsdale, home to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Taliesin West, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. Mesa, Flagstaff and Fountain Hills are also unique destinations worth visiting.

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Where to stay in Phoenix

Premier Inns Tolleson
Premier Inns Tolleson
2.5 out of 5
8399 W Lynwood St., Tolleson, AZ
The price is $62 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Situated in Tolleson, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Main Event Avondale. Salt River and Coldwater ...
2.7/5 (1,005 reviews)
"Very cheap prices for the rooms clean beds clean showers and bathrooms"

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Premier Inns Tolleson
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $159 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in South Scottsdale, this spa resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Town, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, and Scottsdale Fashion Square. Camelback ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,868 reviews)
"This resort is outstanding it’s so beautiful and very modern.. we stayed at the one room lodge the room is so spacious and so clean and just awesome.. the resort is close to so many shopping and restaurants would love to go back and stay more days"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
4 out of 5
7677 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is $152 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 23
This family-friendly Phoenix resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Wrigley Mansion and Arizona Biltmore Country Club. Castles N' Coasters ...
3.7/5 Good! (2,046 reviews)
"Beautiful property with lots of pools but the hot tub wasn’t working."

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Glendale - Westgate
Home2 Suites by Hilton Glendale - Westgate
3 out of 5
6620 North 95th Avenue, Glendale, AZ
The price is $126 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in Glendale Sports and Entertainment District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tanger Outlets Phoenix, State Farm Stadium, and Gila River ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (814 reviews)
"The people that was fixing our door did not wear head caps. Hair was everywhere. I"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Glendale - Westgate
Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
7887 E Princess Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $129 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in North Scottsdale, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Kierland Commons, and Westworld ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,340 reviews)
"Pool area comfortable had bar food right by the pool . Staff excellent"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
17700 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $169 per night from Jan 10 to Jan 10
This family-friendly Scottsdale aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Kierland Commons and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (752 reviews)
"The rooms were exceptionally comfortable and the gym had up-to-date equipment, which I greatly appreciated!"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Phoenix

Renting a car is essential if you want to be able to get the most out of your Phoenix experience, as the city and its surroundings are extremely spaced out and public transportation isn’t always reliable. Pick up a rental car from the airport or the city center. There is a public bus system, the Valley Metro, but this has been designed with commuters in mind, so it isn’t that useful for tourists. Visit the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority website. Browse Phoenix rental cars.

Best time to visit

Enjoy the Phoenix weather at its most pleasant between November and March, when temperatures should rarely climb above the high 70s F (20s C). From April onwards, expect temperatures to soar as high as a sizzling 106 F (41 C). This means the only way to experience the wealth of fantastic outdoor opportunities available in the city and the surrounding desert is to travel in winter or at the very start of spring.

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