Phoenix
Travel Guide

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.

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Where to stay in Phoenix

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $214 per night from Apr 7 to Apr 8

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! (2,117 reviews)

"Everything was great 👍 No problems with the resort."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2021

Talking Stick Resort
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ
The price is CA $252 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

This family-friendly Phoenix resort is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Oasis Water Park and Arizona Mills Mall. Diablo Stadium is 2.5 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,274 reviews)

"It was prom season so a lot of pictures were being taken there."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 5, 2021

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $283 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,088 reviews)

"Excellent customer service. We arrived early and they let us check-in anyway. They have free shuttle service- clean pools, always friendly! I was shocked and delighted to receive such great care! I would definitely recommend and would go back."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2021

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
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 Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
7887 E Princess Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $204 per night from Apr 4 to Apr 5

Located in North Scottsdale, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale, and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,244 reviews)

"Great property. Kids loved it. Definitely would stay again."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 6, 2021

Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
Staybridge Suites Scottsdale - Talking Stick
Staybridge Suites Scottsdale - Talking Stick
3 out of 5
9141 East Hummingbird Lane, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $181 per night from Apr 6 to Apr 7

Situated in Scottsdale, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and Talking Stick Resort Casino. Arizona Boardwalk and Old ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)

"Really nice for the price but if your looking for extra luxury pools then then then this isn’t the one but if you want nice new and clean then this is a good Choice I would go again"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2021

Staybridge Suites Scottsdale - Talking Stick
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 CA $261 per night from Apr 5 to Apr 6

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,901 reviews)

"Felt like home. It had everything I need. Kitchen tools provided to bake and cook."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 5, 2021

Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
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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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 35.66084788029925%
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212
4 - Good 52.86783042394015%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.473815461346634%
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2 - Disappointing 0.7481296758104738%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 24, 2020

The infrastructure is full of decorating and art. It seems that a lot of care and planning went into this city and it has a very modern, clean feel.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 18, 2020

Just an overnight before flying out

5/5 - Excellent

Bill

Mar 17, 2020

Nice place!!!!!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 6, 2020

You get what you pay for put this property fails in so many categories. Investigate all properties and reviews before booking your room.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2020

Warm weather, friendly people, beautiful views

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Feb 25, 2020

The area of the hotel where we stayed was terrible but other parts like Mesa and Chandler were great !

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