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

The McCormick Scottsdale
The McCormick Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
7421 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $99 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
Located in South Scottsdale, this golf hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Old Town and within 6 mi (10 km) of Scottsdale Fashion Square and OdySea Aquarium. Talking ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (982 reviews)
"Loved the lake and background scenery of the property"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

The McCormick Scottsdale
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $179 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,885 reviews)
"I loved the expansive nature of the property and the grounds. In suite fireplaces were immensely helpful during our winter visit."

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix North
DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix North
4 out of 5
10220 N Metro Pkwy E, North Mountain, Phoenix, AZ
The price is $101 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
Located in North Mountain, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Castles N' Coasters and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cave Creek Golf Course and Sahuaro Ranch Park. Arizona ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (948 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix North
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.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Glendale - Westgate
Home2 Suites by Hilton Glendale - Westgate
3 out of 5
6620 North 95th Avenue, Glendale, AZ
The price is $129 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
Located in Glendale Sports and Entertainment District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tanger Outlets Phoenix, State Farm Stadium, and Gila River ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (821 reviews)
"15 minute walk to the nearby stadium, shopping and dining. Great staff!"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Home2 Suites by Hilton Glendale - Westgate
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe ASU Area
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe ASU Area
3 out of 5
66 S. Rockford Dr., Tempe, AZ
The price is $151 per night from Jan 7 to Jan 8
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salt River, Arizona State University, and Tempe Town Lake. Sloan Park and Big Surf are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (493 reviews)
"Room was spacious and clean. Breakfast was good and staff were helpful"

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe ASU Area
Home2 Suites by Hilton Phoenix Avondale
Home2 Suites by Hilton Phoenix Avondale
3 out of 5
10275 W McDowell Road, Avondale, AZ
The price is $156 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated in Avondale, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Main Event Avondale and within 6 mi (10 km) of State Farm Stadium and Gila River Arena. Westgate ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (10 reviews)
"Super friendly and helpful staff."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Phoenix Avondale
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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