Love sports, deserts, and theater? Get away to Phoenix!

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.

Known for

Sports, Baseball and Golf

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Where to stay in Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix which includes signage and night scenes

Downtown Phoenix

Known for Sports, Baseball, Live Music

3.5/5(1,905 reviews)

Cheer on the Phoenix Suns at an NBA game or walk around the city’s historic precinct as you explore the state capital.

North Scottsdale
Scottsdale Quarter

North Scottsdale

Known for Soccer, Sports, Deserts

4.5/5(594 reviews)

North Scottsdale is known for its pristine golf courses, and you can plan a trip to Westworld of Scottsdale and Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale while you're in town.

South Scottsdale
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South Scottsdale

Known for

4.5/5(1,253 reviews)

If you're spending some time in South Scottsdale, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Old Town are top sights worth seeing.

Deer Valley
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Deer Valley

Known for Sports, Shopping, Soccer

4/5(625 reviews)

Travelers come to Deer Valley for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix and Happy Valley Towne Centre while you're in town.

Camelback East
Desert Botanical Garden showing desert views, a park and landscape views

Camelback East

Known for Deserts, Zoo, Gardens

4/5(860 reviews)

Camelback East is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo while in the area.

East Mesa
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East Mesa

Known for

4/5(364 reviews)

While you're in East Mesa, take in top sights like Superstition Springs Center and jump on the metro at Superstition Springs Transit Center to see more of the city.

Top Hotels in Phoenix

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
$179
per night
Oct 28 - Oct 29
4.3/5Excellent! (4,148 reviews)

"I've stayed at the Stick many times. The rooms are always clean. This time, it seemed the casino was more smokey. I placed my order for room service in the morning. No one came around to pickup the orders because they were short staff."…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Talking Stick Resort
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
$68
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4/5Very Good! (10,548 reviews)

"Liked location, close to food and the park. Close to old town tempe"…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2019

3 Palms
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
$157
per night
Oct 30 - Oct 31
4.4/5Excellent! (3,244 reviews)

"I have nothing negative to say. From checking in to whenever i asked a question of any employee they were polite, helpful, and most important, if they couldn't answer they asked someone else."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Popular things to do in Phoenix

Taliesin West
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Taliesin West

4/5(451 reviews)

Step inside the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s most famous architects. Learn how he bridged the gap between architecture and environment.

Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain

4.5/5(1,619 reviews)

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

Phoenix Zoo
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Phoenix Zoo

4.5/5(979 reviews)

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

Gila River Arena
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Gila River Arena

4/5(846 reviews)

Catch an event at Gila River Arena during your trip to Glendale. Wander around the area's the college campus or experience its lively festivals.

Arizona State Capitol
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Arizona State Capitol

4/5(99 reviews)

Arizona State Capitol is just one of the places to see in Phoenix, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Take in the acclaimed art scene and mountain views in this vibrant area.

Old Town
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Old Town

4.5/5(2,940 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Old Town, a favorite shopping spot in Scottsdale. Savor the lively bars and top-notch restaurants while in town.

Top activities in Phoenix

Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

$169

Board a nine-story-tall hot air balloon and let the calm breeze carry you over Phoenix and the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate the morning's adventure as you sit back and relish the views of diverse wildlife, dramatic landscapes, and the rich variety of nature.

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

$168

Take in Arizona's breathtaking beauty with a tour that takes you to the incredible Grand Canyon and the Navajo Indian Reservation. Stop for pictures of Red Rocks of Sedona completes an educational and visually striking journey into the state's heartland.

Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Sonoran Desert with Gourmet Cuisine
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Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Sonoran Desert with Gourmet Cuisine

$179

Soar through the skies aboard a colorful hot air balloon over the dramatic desert landscapes of Arizona. Float through the air at different elevations to witness gorgeous views of the Sonoran Desert's wildlife and amazing cacti.

Musical Instrument Museum Tickets
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Musical Instrument Museum Tickets

$20

Embark on a fascinating journey through sound at the world's largest musical instrument showcase. Hear, see, and feel the spirit of music from around the globe as you explore engaging exhibits for music lovers of all ages at Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).

Bradshaw Mountains ATV or UTV Off-Roading Tours
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Bradshaw Mountains ATV or UTV Off-Roading Tours

$223

Strike out into the rugged Bradshaw Mountains on the back of a 4x4 for a scenic off-road adventure. A certified guide will lead you on an adrenaline-pumping trail ride over mountains, through canyons, and across washes, creeks, and the Agua Fria riverbed for a journey filled with great photos and spectacular Arizona history.

Self-Guided Phoenix Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided Phoenix Scavenger Hunt

$11

This adventure will take you through the heart of Chicago and let you see how it has changed over time, while also having fun. This hunt has been evolving over time to be as entertaining as possible, while showing you as much as possible.

Reviews of Phoenix

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2313
5 - Excellent 35.32376298106292%
4 - Good
2879
4 - Good 43.96762370189371%
3 - Okay
1134
3 - Okay 17.31826511912034%
2 - Disappointing
128
2 - Disappointing 1.9547953573610262%
1 - Terrible
94
1 - Terrible 1.4355528405620037%

5/5 - Excellent

Hillary

Oct 15, 2019

Use uber/taxi/ect whenever possible if you're not familiar with the area. Even with GPS it was a bit confusing driving in town. Having someone else drive took so much sress off of us.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

I would been happy if they would have added the price of valet to the room but then the rooms will not appear to be cheap. $36 or $38 what ever the valet charge was is a lil ridiculous.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

We have been in Phoenix several times.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

I stay here so pretty much nothing big i have to say about Phoenix

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

Too busy, lot of traffic. Hustle bustle city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

Very outdated and unsafe. Will never stay there again

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Free Things to Do in Phoenix with Kids
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Hot Air Balloon Day Aerial Adventures & Activities
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Hot Air Balloon Day Aerial Adventures & Activities

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