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PhoenixUnited States of America

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

Downtown Phoenix showing signage and night scenes

Downtown Phoenix

3.5/5Good!(148 area reviews)

Known for its ample dining options and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Phoenix. You can visit top attractions like Chase Field and Talking Stick Resort Arena, and jump on the metro at 12th Street - Jefferson Station or 12th Street - Washington Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Phoenix

Top Hotels in Phoenix

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
4 out of 5
7677 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $136 per night

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (1,156 reviews)

"Very clean, very helpful due to covid. But i wish i would've had conjoined rooms with my daughter."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $142 per night

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 Mountain ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,269 reviews)

"Beautiful property, great and helpful staff. We especially loved the pools on the hot morning in Arizona."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 2, 2020

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $77 per night

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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,965 reviews)

"I like the lake andthe fact that alot of stores are available"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2020

3 Palms

Popular places to visit in Phoenix

Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain

4.5/5(204 reviews)

A distinct “hump” in the landscape offers panoramic views over the Valley of the Sun.

Phoenix Zoo
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Phoenix Zoo

4/5(74 reviews)

This wildlife park often ranks in the top American zoos for families, and is the largest non-profit zoo in the United States.

Top things to do in Phoenix

Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour
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Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour

CA $228
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Apache Trail & Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise
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Apache Trail & Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

CA $201
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

CA $230
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Grand Canyon Tour with Helicopter Flight
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Grand Canyon Tour with Helicopter Flight

CA $583
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium Tickets
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SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium Tickets

CA $26
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Desert Off Road Tours in Scottsdale
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Desert Off Road Tours in Scottsdale

CA $229
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

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