Love sports, deserts and theatre? Get away to Phoenix!

In close proximity to the Grand Canyon – one of the most incredible natural formations on earth – the city itself is ideal for exploring as a single traveller, couple or family. And if you don’t care for the heat, you can be reassured by the fact that this city is home to more air conditioning units than perhaps anywhere else on the planet!

However great Phoenix is to visit, the Grand Canyon itself throws a shadow over anything else the city has to offer. Located just a three and a half hour drive away, this 277 mile long, up to 18 mile wide canyon carved by the Colorado River is truly one of the most extraordinary things you will ever see. The simple scale of it has to be seen to be believed. Despite its massive size, activities such as rafting, hiking and running can easily be found, although the sheer spectacle of it all when viewed from the 7,000ft above sea level South Rim is often enough for most.

Phoenix itself was originally settled by Native Americans, and their culture is presented extensively in the city’s museums. In particular the Heard Museum just north of downtown features a full Navajo Hogan settlement, as well as countless other native artefacts amongst its extensive collection and community spaces. To learn more about the native people of Arizona, the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park on Washington Avenue is home to numerous ruins and other sites of interest.

The Pheonix Art Museum is also a major attraction for visitors and also locals. Dedicated as a community centre for over half a century, the museum offers a year-round programme of activities and exhibitions as well as a dedicated, interactive space for children called PhxArtKids. If Science is more your thing, the Arizona Science Centre is well worth a visit, as is Phoenix Zoo which is proud to be America’s largest not-for-profit zoo and home to in excess of 1,300 fascinating animal exhibits including a petting zoo.

Whilst it might surprise some in a town that’s not afraid to be slightly rough and ready, Phoenix is home to a bourgeoning art scene. Developing mainly in the last decade or so, this movement is perhaps best expressed in Janet Elchelman’s ground breaking sculpture – ‘Her Secret is Patience’ – a netted design suspended above the Phoenix Civic Centre that makes the desert winds visible to the naked eye.

Known for

Sports, Baseball and Golf

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Where to stay in Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix
Downtown Phoenix which includes signage and night scenes

Downtown Phoenix

Known for Sports, Baseball, Live Music

4/5(21 reviews)

Cheer on the Phoenix Suns at an NBA game or walk around the city’s historic precinct as you explore the state capital.

Camelback East
Desert Botanical Garden featuring a garden, landscape views and desert views

Camelback East

Known for Deserts, Zoo, Gardens

3/5(1 review)

Camelback East is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo while in the area.

Deer Valley
Deer Valley, Arizona, United States of America
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Deer Valley

Known for Sports, Shopping, Football

Travellers come to Deer Valley for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix and Happy Valley Towne Centre while you're in town.

North Scottsdale
Scottsdale Quarter

North Scottsdale

Known for Football, Sports, Deserts

4/5(4 reviews)

North Scottsdale is known for its pristine golf courses, and you can plan a trip to Westworld of Scottsdale and Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale while you're in town.

Ahwatukee Foothills
Ahwatukee Foothills, Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America
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Ahwatukee Foothills

Known for Water Parks, Family-friendly, Shopping

3.5/5(3 reviews)

You'll love the exciting water parks in Ahwatukee Foothills, and you might want to stick around to check out Oasis Water Park, a top place to visit.

Encanto
Heard Museum featuring interior views and art

Encanto

Known for Museums, Culture, Live Music

4/5(2 reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and live music, there's plenty to explore in Encanto. Top attractions like Heard Museum and Phoenix Art Museum are major draws, and you can catch the metro at Thomas Rd - Central Ave Station or Osborn Rd - Central Ave Station to see more of the city.

Top hotels in Phoenix

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
£179
per night
28 Oct-29 Oct

This family-friendly Scottsdale resort is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Butterfly Wonderland, OdySea Aquarium and Salt River Fields at Talking ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,157 reviews)

"Love this hotel! The rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable. I love spa like bathrooms. The views and pools are great! I would love to see a better sports bar/resturant and a service for babysiting or activites for kids to let parents get away to the casino floor would be nice. Regardless, ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Talking Stick Resort
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
£67
per night
28 Oct-29 Oct

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (10,552 reviews)

"Liked location, close to food and the park. Close to old town tempe"…"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019

3 Palms
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
£161
per night
30 Oct-31 Oct

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,255 reviews)

"Great location and views. Parts of the property were outdated."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Popular things to do in Phoenix

Taliesin West
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Taliesin West

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Step inside the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s most famous architects. Learn how he bridged the gap between architecture and environment.

Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain

4.5/5(12 reviews)

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

Phoenix Zoo
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Phoenix Zoo

5/5(3 reviews)

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

Gila River Arena
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Gila River Arena

5/5(1 review)

Catch an event at Gila River Arena during your trip to Glendale.Wander around the area's the university campus or experience its lively festivals.

Arizona State Capitol
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Arizona State Capitol

5/5(4 reviews)

Arizona State Capitol is just one of the places to see in Phoenix, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Take in the acclaimed art galleries and mountain views in this vibrant area.

Old Town
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Old Town

4.5/5(24 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Old Town, a favourite shopping spot in Scottsdale. Savour the lively bars and top-notch restaurants while in town.

Top activities in Phoenix

Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

£134

Board a nine-story-tall hot air balloon and let the calm breeze carry you over Phoenix and the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate the morning's adventure as you sit back and relish the views of diverse wildlife, dramatic landscapes, and the rich variety of nature.

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

£133

Take in Arizona's breathtaking beauty with a tour that takes you to the incredible Grand Canyon and the Navajo Indian Reservation. Stop for pictures of Red Rocks of Sedona completes an educational and visually striking journey into the state's heartland.

Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Sonoran Desert with Gourmet Cuisine
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Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Sonoran Desert with Gourmet Cuisine

£142

Soar through the skies aboard a colorful hot air balloon over the dramatic desert landscapes of Arizona. Float through the air at different elevations to witness gorgeous views of the Sonoran Desert's wildlife and amazing cacti.

Musical Instrument Museum Tickets
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Musical Instrument Museum Tickets

£16

Embark on a fascinating journey through sound at the world's largest musical instrument showcase. Hear, see, and feel the spirit of music from around the globe as you explore engaging exhibits for music lovers of all ages at Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).

Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour
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Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour

£142

Enjoy an amazing day with visits to the Grand Canyon and Route 66 on this tour across the spectacular Arizona desert. From the historic Route 66 to one of America's great natural wonders, you get an up-close look at the region's iconic sights.

Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Chandler, AZ
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Operation City Quest Scavenger Hunt - Chandler, AZ

£8

Itinerary During Operation City Quest, participants will solve riddles in order to find items throughout the city and complete challenges. For each correct task completed, the players will get points for their team.

Reviews of Phoenix

4.1

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

15 Oct 2019

Be prepared for the heat, even in October !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

30 Sep 2019

Serafina coffee roasters is excellent & the Heard Museum is amazing

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

31 Aug 2019

I would recommend taking advantage of the many tours available to locations outside of the city such as the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Tombstone.

5/5 - Excellent

Wellington

8 Jul 2019

Good road network

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

2 Jul 2019

People friendly and willing to let you know where to go

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

3 Jun 2019

Can't really comment as this was only an overnight stay

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