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Phoenix has a reputation for being the land of sunshine and picturesque cactus-clad landscapes. However, the “Valley of the Sun” is also home to green golf courses, swimming pools and resorts.
The source of all that greenery is water from the Salt River and its major tributary, the Verde River. These waterways were exploited by the Hohokam people for agriculture hundreds of years ago. They left behind an extensive network of canals that helped to give rise to modern Phoenix. Explore the ruins of an ancient Hohokam Village at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park. You’ll see how this innovative Native American community channeled water without modern tools or animals.
Check out the gleaming modern architecture at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, where the sun is ever-present as you walk through the building. Find an oasis of shade at the Mesa Arts Center, a visual and performing arts venue noted for the way its design complements the desert setting. At the Heard Museum, learn about the heritage of the country’s Southwest area through Native American arts and crafts.
With all of the pools, gardens and golf, it's easy to forget you’re in the Sonoran Desert. However, the heart of the desert is easy to access for those who love the great outdoors. Hike up Camelback Mountain, which is in the middle of the urban area. Here you can study the local geology, flora and fauna, and enjoy magnificent views of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe from the summit. Discover the surprising beauty and variety of desert plants at the Desert Botanical Garden
Families will enjoy a trip to the Phoenix Zoo, voted one of the nation's best for kids. The zoo runs special programs where kids can learn what it is like to be a zoo-keeper. Play instruments from all over the globe at the Musical Instrument Museum, or cool off in the country's first and oldest wave-pool at Big Surf.
Accommodation in Phoenix
Expedia's lodging guide lists 405 accommodations in Phoenix, which should make booking the right place a breeze.
Travelers keen on finding a place to stay at the luxury end of the scale are sure to be delighted, Phoenix offers a number of high-end stays, such as the Canyon Suites At Phoenician, at 6000 E Camelback Rd, and the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, at 5700 E McDonald Drive. The Hermosa Inn, and the Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale are two more premium properties worth considering.
Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale is a must-see for visitors to Phoenix and you might decide to stay nearby. The Westin Kierland Villas - All Villa Resort and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess are both good options.
The 3 Palms is adjacent to the 60-acre El Dorado Park, 2 miles from Old Town Scottsdale, and 4 miles from Arizona State University.
This family-friendly Scottsdale resort is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Butterfly Wonderland and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Scottsdale Fashion Square and Arizona Canal are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This hotel is two miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, three miles from downtown Tempe, four miles from Tempe Diablo Stadium, and nine miles from Phoenix.
Located in Encanto, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Encanto Park and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Arizona State Capitol. Heard Museum and Phoenix Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in South Mountain, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tempe Center for the Arts, Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, and Arizona State University. Sun Devil Stadium is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.
Located 4 miles from Old Town Scottsdale, this resort is a retreat for golfers playing the area's many championship courses; upscale shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square is 3 miles away.
Located in South Mountain, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Diablo Stadium and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium. Sea Life Aquarium and Arizona Mills Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).