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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

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $159 per night from May 17 to May 17
This family-friendly Phoenix resort is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Oasis Water Park and Arizona Mills Mall. Diablo Stadium is 2.5 mi ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,320 reviews)
"Thoroughly enjoyed the water park. I just wish it didn’t close at 5:00 pm."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
4 out of 5
7677 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night from May 17 to May 17
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! (1,336 reviews)
"Convenient location - generally nice but could use updating"

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $128 per night from Jun 15 to Jun 15
This family-friendly Scottsdale resort is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Talking Stick Resort Casino, OdySea Aquarium, and Salt River Fields ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,101 reviews)
"Great restaurants!! Great outdoor fire pit settings!! Awesome shower!! Amazing hot tub and pools!! Definitely coming back!!"

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Talking Stick Resort
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.
Sonder - Mill Ave
Sonder - Mill Ave
3.5 out of 5
750 South Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ
The price is $99 per night from May 27 to May 27
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Mill Avenue District, Tempe Beach Park, and Tempe Town Lake. Arizona State University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (109 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay, overall 10/10! Loved the easy commute to stores more specifically Whole Foods and walkable to mill st."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Sonder - Mill Ave
Sonder - McKinley
Sonder - McKinley
3.5 out of 5
800 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Located in Downtown Phoenix, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Roosevelt Row and Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix. Phoenix Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (45 reviews)
New home
"My family and I did a trip out to Phoenix to see if we would like to move here, since we’re looking to move to a new city. After staying here, we have found our new home. The city was beautiful and the place we stayed at was too. I could definitely see myself living in a place like this. I hope to ..."

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Sonder - McKinley
Love Oasis by Scottsdale Beach Club - 2021 Opening
Love Oasis by Scottsdale Beach Club - 2021 Opening
Scottsdale, AZ
Located in South Scottsdale, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Big Surf, Old Town, and Tempe Town Lake. Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo are ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Amazing 30th birthday!
"We had a great experience! Check in was a breeze, the house had everything we needed. They thought of it all! It’s just as spectacular in person as it is in photos. Thank you so much!"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2021

Love Oasis by Scottsdale Beach Club - 2021 Opening
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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Reviews of Phoenix

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 34.70539809479008%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 43.98447606727038%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 17.652593202399153%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 2.0463365870869104%
1 - Terrible
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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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