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Phoenix
Travel Guide

Phoenix has so much to offer visitors, from ancient Native American settlements, to modern art museums, all surrounded by stunning natural beauty.

Arizona is famous for its desert climate, but Phoenix has a surprising amount of greenery on offer. The parks, golf courses and resorts to be found here offer cool refreshment from the heat in the “Valley of the Sun”.

Native Americans have played a key role in the development of this area. The ancient Hohokam people irrigated the desert to make crops grow—discover what we know about their culture and history at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. Learn about the art and crafts made by different local indigenous tribes in the stunning collection at the Heard Museum.

Phoenix has attracted artists from all backgrounds, and there are many different art forms and periods to explore in the local area, whether you’re an art aficionado or a relative novice. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in a light, airy building, where the pieces inside (dating from the 1950s onwards) are shown off to their best advantage, while the Phoenix Arts Museum includes thousands of classic pieces. For something more lively, head to the visual and performance art exhibitions at the Mesa Arts Center, which includes a refreshing outdoor space that’s the perfect way of escaping the heat. Learn more about music and its role in global cultures in the fascinating Musical Instrument Museum.

With all of this art on show, it’s easy to miss the biggest attraction: the stunning scenery of the Sonoran Desert. But despite Phoenix’s big city feel, you’re never far from the Wild West. To truly appreciate the scenery, take a hike or climb up Camelback Mountain. Learn about the life to be found in the desert in the Desert Botanical Garden, and meet the inhabitants at the Phoenix Zoo.

If all that nature gets too much, travel to the shops and restaurants of the lively Scottsdale Quarter, where you can indulge in some much needed R&R. Families will love the Arizona Science Center for its focus on hands-on learning and the opportunity to travel through the human digestive system! Round off your stay by revelling in the opulence of Wrigley Mansion whilst sipping a cocktail or enjoying some fine-dining.

Where to stay in Phoenix

Top hotels in Phoenix

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is Rs10,776 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

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! (2,121 reviews)

"The 14th floor was fun. The pool was warm, so that was nice. The lights were pretty."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Talking Stick Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is Rs15,391 per night from 2 Mar to 3 Mar

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 Mountain ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,102 reviews)

"The resort was elegant and quiet. The room was cozy and very comfortable. The staff was very helpful and hospitable."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2021

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
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 Rs14,393 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

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! (1,186 reviews)

"I love this property. Putt putt golf and lazy river during is staycation is awesome, no extra charge besides the resort fee. Unfortunately I didn’t get the best sleep the room was next to the pool machines and made a ton of noise all night long"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Phoenix

Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
16858 N Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is Rs13,624 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in North Scottsdale, this golf condo is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale and Scottsdale ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,896 reviews)

"I like the property but Expedia sold us a room with 2 bedrooms, 2 king size and 1queen size beds plus a sofa-bed. The room only had 1 king size and 1 queen size beds. The administration told us that they don´t have that kind of suites"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort
4 out of 5
6302 E Mckellips Rd, Mesa, AZ
The price is Rs8,607 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Located in East Mesa, this condo is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Longbow Golf Club. Superstition Springs ...

3.8/5Good! (1,104 reviews)

"Friendly and super accommodating staff. Clean and quiet property."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Staybridge Suites Phoenix East - Gilbert
Staybridge Suites Phoenix East - Gilbert
3 out of 5
5275 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ
The price is Rs9,551 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Situated in Gilbert, this aparthotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Superstition Springs Center, and within 9 mi (15 km) of SanTan Village and Golfland Sunsplash. Mesa ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (219 reviews)

"Great location and great place to stay. Very clean and the staff is very friendly. Grocery store and coffee/food restaurants near by, walkable distance."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2021

Staybridge Suites Phoenix East - Gilbert
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.

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Reviews of Phoenix

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Feb 2020

Hiking on South Mountain was the highlight

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Oct 2019

Be prepared for the heat, even in October !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Sep 2019

Serafina coffee roasters is excellent & the Heard Museum is amazing

3/5 - Okay

Tim

23 Sep 2019

Roads cars and roads. 1 train line. Not much more

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Aug 2019

I would recommend taking advantage of the many tours available to locations outside of the city such as the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Tombstone.

5/5 - Excellent

Wellington

8 Jul 2019

Good road network

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