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Phoenix, AZ

Travel Guide
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

3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $57 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Located in South Scottsdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Big Surf, Desert Botanical Garden, and Scottsdale Stadium. Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical ...
3.8/5Good! (2,965 reviews)
"They gave us a surprise upgrade for no reason. Christina was especially helpful"

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

3 Palms
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Phoenix Airport
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Phoenix Airport
2.5 out of 5
3037 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is $79 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Located in Downtown Phoenix, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Celebrity Theater and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chase Field and Phoenix Convention Center. Talking ...
3.6/5Good! (1,646 reviews)
"Location safe and clean!"

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Phoenix Airport
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 $162 per night from Sep 9 to Sep 9
This family-friendly Phoenix resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Wrigley Mansion and Arizona Biltmore Country Club. Castle N' Coasters ...
3.7/5Good! (1,659 reviews)
"Nice place definitely come back soon"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
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.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
2.5 out of 5
3635 West Chandler Boulevard, Chandler, AZ
The price is $109 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Situated in Chandler, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Chandler Fashion Center and within 12 mi (20 km) of Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and Arizona ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (262 reviews)
"This is the second time that I’ve stayed at this hotel. The front desk was nice and accommodating. The beds are so comfortable to a point I didn’t want to get out of it. I will definitely be coming back and soon."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
17700 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $127 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 14
This family-friendly Scottsdale aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (724 reviews)
"I read that this establishment had been renovated within the last few years and it's obvious. The condo itself is outfitted nicely with several conveniences:,large-sized refrigerator, stove/oven, microwave, blender, toaster, coffee maker/washer/dryer, comfy beds, spacious shower, and simply a great ..."

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Rancho Manana Resort by Diamond Resorts
Rancho Manana Resort by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
5720 E Rancho Manana Blvd, Cave Creek, AZ
The price is $149 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Situated in a state park, this eco-friendly vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Rancho Manana Golf Club and Cave Creek Museum. Black Mountain Trail and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (765 reviews)
"Staff was very friendly and helpful. Beautiful property with great views!"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Rancho Manana Resort by Diamond Resorts
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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