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PhoenixUnited States of America

A sweltering city on the northern edges of the Sonaran Desert, Phoenix is a great city of diversity, art and culture that routinely hits over 100 degrees in the summer months.

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.

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Where to stay in Phoenix

Top hotels in Phoenix

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is £164 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb

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! (2,182 reviews)

"Great place to stay. Plenty of local restaurants in Scottsdale just 5-10 min away."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

Talking Stick Resort
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
4 out of 5
7677 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £147 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (1,203 reviews)

"Beautiful facility. Although all restaurants were closed."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2021

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
3.5 out of 5
122 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £90 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

This family-friendly Phoenix hotel is located near the airport, steps away from Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix Symphony Hall and Phoenix Convention Center. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,113 reviews)

"Very clean! The rooms were modern as well. Great amenities!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2021

Hyatt Regency Phoenix
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Phoenix

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 £129 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

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

4.3/5Excellent! (1,893 reviews)

"I like the property but Expedia sold us a room with 2 bedrooms, 2 king size and 1queen size beds plus a sofa-bed. The room only had 1 king size and 1 queen size beds. The administration told us that they don´t have that kind of suites"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2021

Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
Meridian CondoResorts
Meridian CondoResorts
3 out of 5
8390 E. Via De Ventura Suite F-208, Scottsdale, AZ

Located in South Scottsdale, this condo is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Butterfly Wonderland and Talking ...

4.2/5Very Good! (575 reviews)

"We were truly impressed with all the amenities and comfort of the condo. Meridian thought of all the small things to make our stay truly safe and memorable."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

Meridian CondoResorts
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 £93 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

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

4.1/5Very Good! (1,242 reviews)

"The property offered many amenities and activities. The condo was stocked with proper utensils. We would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2020

Scottsdale Villa Mirage 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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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Feb 2020

Hiking on South Mountain was the highlight

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Oct 2019

Be prepared for the heat, even in October !

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Sep 2019

Serafina coffee roasters is excellent & the Heard Museum is amazing

3/5 - Okay

Tim

23 Sep 2019

Roads cars and roads. 1 train line. Not much more

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

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

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