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.

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Where to stay in Phoenix

3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $81 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Located in South Scottsdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Big Surf, Desert Botanical Garden, and Scottsdale Stadium. Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical ...
3.8/5Good! (2,970 reviews)
"The Staff were very friendly and super helpful"

Reviewed on Sep. 19, 2021

3 Palms
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 CA $165 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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 ...
3.7/5Good! (1,716 reviews)
"Everything was great"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Phoenix Airport
SureStay Hotel by Best Western Phoenix Airport
2.5 out of 5
3037 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is CA $88 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in Downtown Phoenix, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Celebrity Theater and within 6 mi (10 km) of Chase Field and Phoenix Convention Center. Footprint ...
3.5/5Good! (1,668 reviews)
"The circle K down the block had strange people hanging out in the corner of the location"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Phoenix Airport
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 $126 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
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! (1,324 reviews)
"Very clean rooms and pool"

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2021

Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
2.5 out of 5
3635 West Chandler Boulevard, Chandler, AZ
The price is CA $140 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Situated in Chandler, this aparthotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Chandler Fashion Center and within 12 mi (20 km) of Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park and Arizona ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (266 reviews)
"The room & lobby area were clean & modern. Staff was very friendly & helpful. Breakfast was delicious & fresh"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
17700 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $250 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
This family-friendly Scottsdale aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Quarter and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (731 reviews)
"Very clean and updated. Great pool area. Could use a restaurant or indoor bar. Noisy from the street in front."

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2021

Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
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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