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With a good range of cultural and scenic highlights, travelers will find plenty to see and do in Phoenix.

This area of Central Arizona has roughly 1,400,000 people.

Internationally famous sights such as the Taliesin West and the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale are just one part of what makes this destination so special.

Grab the kids and enjoy some quality time at Wet 'n' Wild and Golfland Sunsplash. Want more? Big Surf and Castle N' Coasters are sure to keep the smiles and laughter flowing.

See the ocean's most colorful aquatic creatures in the beautifully recreated marine habitats at Sea Life Aquarium.

Housed in habitats along the meandering pathways of the Phoenix Zoo and the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, an eclectic mix of animals will keep you occupied for hours on end.

Admire the gleaming chrome and paintwork of the state-of-the-art vehicles and cheer on the drivers as they hurtle down the track at the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Even though you'll be gambling responsibly, everyone still has a blast at the Casino Arizona and the Vee Quiva Casino. Perhaps you also want to try your luck at the Fort McDowell Casino and the Talking Stick Resort Casino.

You'll be inspired by the eclectic mix of plants on display when you visit the Desert Botanical Garden and the Ro He En Japanese Friendship Garden. The Carefree Desert Gardens and Sundial and the Fountain Hills Botanical Garden are two more great places to explore.

Bring along a bite to eat and enjoy the peaceful, green surroundings of South Mountain Park and Adobe Dam Regional Park. Patriots Square Park and Sahuaro Ranch Park are two more pleasant spots to while away the afternoon and catch up on some reading.

If you are interested in some more information about Phoenix, pick up some pamphlets at Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Discover the local wildlife with a trip to one of the region's freshwater lakes, such as North Lake and Canyon Lake.

Switch your phone to silent and have a break from the noises of the modern world at Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak. Nature lovers will also have a wonderful time at Hole in the Rock and White Tank Mountain Regional Park.

See the world from a new perspective with a visit to one of the area's educational exhibition spaces. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you check out the varied collections at the Musical Instrument Museum and the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum. Another two to consider are the AZ Challenger Space Center and the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting.

See a range of artifacts and learn about scientific breakthroughs at the Arizona Science Center.

From the moment you walk through the doors, it is obvious that the collections of the Arizona Museum of Natural History and the Deer Valley Rock Art Center are the product of obsession. Staring back from behind the glass, these fantastic specimens will excite your curiosity. The R. S. Dietz Museum of Geology and the Katydid Museum are also not to be missed.

Build on your appreciation of the artistic drive, and maybe even find a piece to take back home at one of the various gallery and exhibition spaces. Start off your tour of this creative paradise by stopping in at the Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left, finish up your afternoon at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery.

The past comes to life at the Cave Creek Museum and the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park thanks to their variety of informative exhibits. The Arizona Hall of Fame Museum and the Rosson House Museum are also worthy choices.

To find out more about the area's colorful past, make sure you visit its many remaining historical sites. Start your history lesson at Arizona State Capitol and the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium. When it comes to bygone times, there's always something else to know. Wrigley Mansion and the Chinese Cultural Center are also great places to stop by.

Many visitors enjoy spending a few hours gawking at Tovrea Castle at Carraro Heights, a fascinating cultural monument that is centuries old.

Discover the region's spiritual side and enjoy the serene atmosphere at the Mesa Mormon Temple and Saint Mary's Basilica. If you want to explore some more religious sites, head to Franciscan Renewal Center and the Arizona Buddhist Temple.

Once you've checked out all of the major points of interest in and around Phoenix, take the time to see a few of its less well-known sights. The Mesa Arts Center and the Shemer Art Center are a couple of good options. Also, consider checking out the Burton Barr Central Library and Tempe Beach Park if you have time.

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Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
of 5, from 2,849 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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 miles (10 km).

3 Palms

3 Palms

7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale
of 5, from 8,624 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Big Surf, Scottsdale Stadium and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center. Desert Botanical Garden and Hole in the Rock are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

4949 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
of 5, from 1,079 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Paradise Valley resort is located in the suburbs, 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Camelback Mountain, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Scottsdale Fashion Square and Biltmore Fashion Park. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and Phoenix Zoo are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale
of 5, from 1,786 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the shopping district, this spa resort is within 3 miles (5 km) of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Scottsdale Waterfront. Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler
of 5, from 1,965 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chandler, this golf hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Phoenix Premium Outlets and Rawhide Western Town. Chandler Fashion Center and Arizona Mills Mall are also within 9 miles (15 km).

La Quinta Inn Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

La Quinta Inn Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

911 S 48th St, Tempe
of 5, from 1,833 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tempe Center for the Arts, Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium and Arizona State University. Sun Devil Stadium is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

GreenTree Inn & Suites

GreenTree Inn & Suites

4234 S 48th St, Phoenix
of 5, from 1,616 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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 miles (5 km).

Ramada Phoenix

Ramada Phoenix

212 West Osborn, Phoenix
of 5, from 880 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Encanto, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Heard Museum, Phoenix Convention Center and Talking Stick Resort Arena. Arizona Opera and Phoenix Theatre are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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