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

3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257
Fully refundable
The price is $64 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$64
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the ...
3.7/5 Good! (2,910 reviews)
"I came...I stayed."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

3 Palms
Ambery Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe
Ambery Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe
3.5 out of 5
1600 S 52nd St, Tempe, AZ, 85281
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The price is $93 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$93
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Tempe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,007 reviews)
"Great value for hotel"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Ambery Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
4 out of 5
7677 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ, 85020
The price is $161 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
$161
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Phoenix. Enjoy free parking, 6 outdoor pools, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
3.7/5 Good! (2,783 reviews)
"Beautiful resort! Very clean. Reasonable rates."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
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Metro PHX Apartments
Metro PHX Apartments
2.5 out of 5
Phoenix, AZ
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Phoenix. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Castles N' Coasters and Metrocenter ...
3.4/5 Good! (393 reviews)
"I have been here for a month and I love staying here. The front desk is very friendly, understanding, accommodating, and helpful. After hours responds quickly when needed. The only thing I recommend changing is the check out time. It should be 11am instead of 10am but other than that this place is ..."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2022

Metro PHX Apartments
Metro Scottsdale Apartments
Metro Scottsdale Apartments
3 out of 5
9880 N Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ, 85253
Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Old Town and Camelback Mountain are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews for Metro ...
3.4/5 (39 reviews)
"Nice place"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2022

Metro Scottsdale Apartments
Metro Chandler Apartments
Metro Chandler Apartments
2.5 out of 5
5858 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ, 85226
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Chandler. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a business center. Popular attractions Lone Butte Casino and Phoenix ...
3/5 (201 reviews)
"The fridge and dish washer was a blessing"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

Metro Chandler Apartments
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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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