Phoenix

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Phoenix

Like the mythical bird that bears its name, Phoenix has risen up from the ashes of ancient Indian settlements to become Arizona’s largest city.

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.

Where to stay in Phoenix

3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257
The price is CA $85 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
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 ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,976 reviews)
"The front desk clerk was very pleasant. She remembered me and my Zeus."

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

3 Palms
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ, 85044
The price is CA $256 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Phoenix. Enjoy free WiFi, 6 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,430 reviews)
"This place is beautiful and well kept!"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
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 CA $198 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 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! (2,317 reviews)
"Spacious suite. Beautiful property. Fun water park."

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

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.
Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
16858 N Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260
The price is CA $97 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 3-star golf condo in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,081 reviews)
"Why elevator is not available? WIthout elevetor it is difficult. That is only concern."

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
Metro PHX Apartments
Metro PHX Apartments
2.5 out of 5
Phoenix, AZ
The price is CA $112 per night from May 18 to May 19
Stay at this business-friendly apartment in Phoenix. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Castles N' Coasters and Biltmore Fashion ...
3.3/5 (64 reviews)
"Had a good time there"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Metro PHX Apartments
Metro Tempe Apartments
Metro Tempe Apartments
3 out of 5
2301 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ, 85282
The price is CA $116 per night from May 18 to May 19
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Tempe. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an in-room safe. Popular attractions Casino Arizona and Phoenix Zoo are located nearby. ...
3.9/5 Good! (30 reviews)
"This place was the coolest place I've been at"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Metro Tempe Apartments
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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