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PhoenixUnited States of America

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

Downtown Phoenix which includes signage and night scenes

Downtown Phoenix

3.5/5Good!(2,458 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Phoenix. You can visit top attractions like Chase Field and Talking Stick Resort Arena, and jump on the metro at 12th Street - Jefferson Station or 12th Street - Washington Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Phoenix
Scottsdale showing a small town or village and a river or creek

South Scottsdale

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,024 area reviews)

While visiting South Scottsdale, you might make a stop by sights like Scottsdale Fashion Square and Old Town.

South Scottsdale
Hole in the Rock showing mountains and climbing

Camelback East

4/5Very Good!(1,115 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Camelback East, you might enjoy attractions like Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at 50th Street Station to see more of the city.

Camelback East
Scottsdale Quarter

North Scottsdale

4.5/5Wonderful!(739 area reviews)

North Scottsdale is popular for its pristine golf courses, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Westworld of Scottsdale or Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale.

North Scottsdale
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Deer Valley

3.5/5Good!(888 area reviews)

Deer Valley is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Happy Valley Towne Centre or Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix.

Deer Valley
Heard Museum showing interior views and art

Encanto

3/5(1,264 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and live music, there's plenty to explore in Encanto. Top attractions like Heard Museum and Phoenix Art Museum are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Thomas Rd - Central Ave Station or Osborn Rd - Central Ave Station to see more of the city.

Encanto

Top Hotels in Phoenix

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
4 out of 5
7677 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is $144 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (1,138 reviews)

"The staff was beyond amazing during our stay. Everyone was friendly and extremely helpful. Our mini fridge wasn't working when we arrived and they had a new one at our room in 10 minutes after calling the front desk."…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2020

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $137 per night from Sep 21 to Sep 22

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,157 reviews)

"Excellent everything was so clean and the king size bed sooo comfortable I love it. I will come back definitely"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $56 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,926 reviews)

"Very clean, pretty close to restraurants. People who work the there very friendly."…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2020

3 Palms

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.

Popular places to visit in Phoenix

Old Town
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Old Town

4.5/5(3,647 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Old Town, a favorite shopping spot in Scottsdale. Savor the top-notch restaurants and lively bars while in town.

Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain

4.5/5(1,976 reviews)

A distinct “hump” in the landscape offers panoramic views over the Valley of the Sun.

Talking Stick Resort Arena
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Talking Stick Resort Arena

4.5/5(1,530 reviews)

Catch an event at Talking Stick Resort Arena during your trip to Phoenix. Discover the mountain views and desert landscapes in this vibrant area.

Scottsdale Fashion Square
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Scottsdale Fashion Square

4.5/5(2,194 reviews)

When you visit Scottsdale Fashion Square, a favorite shopping spot in Scottsdale, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Chase Field
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Chase Field

4.5/5(1,091 reviews)

Catch an event at Chase Field, and enjoy other activities in Phoenix such as golfing. In the area, take in the acclaimed art scene and desert landscapes.

Phoenix Zoo
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Phoenix Zoo

4.5/5(1,170 reviews)

This wildlife park often ranks in the top American zoos for families, and is the largest non-profit zoo in the United States.

Top things to do in Phoenix

Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour
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Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour

$168
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

$149
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne + Catered Fare
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Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne + Catered Fare

$179
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Tomcar ATV Tour
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Half-Day Tomcar ATV Tour

$180
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Musical Instrument Museum Tickets
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Musical Instrument Museum Tickets

$20
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Scottsdale Segway Tour - 1.5 hr
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Scottsdale Segway Tour - 1.5 hr

$59
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Phoenix

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2951
5 - Excellent 34.70539809479008%
4 - Good
3740
4 - Good 43.98447606727038%
3 - Okay
1501
3 - Okay 17.652593202399153%
2 - Disappointing
174
2 - Disappointing 2.0463365870869104%
1 - Terrible
137
1 - Terrible 1.611196048453487%

5/5 - Excellent

LoriAmberttuex

Jun 5, 2020

I love Phoenix. Trust me, it has it's faults in it's stars but with all that I still LOVE this town.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

As with any city, some areas were very nice and others not so nice. It was very hot there.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

I love Phoenix it’s got lots to do and definitely pool capital of the world.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Its HOT!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Was a noce quite trip to visit family

3/5 - Okay

JoseBermudez

Jun 2, 2020

Be carefully peopple drive very bad and so fast. they dont respect speed limits.

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