Phoenix Travel Guide

Valley of the Sun

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You're Going to Love Phoenix

Phoenix is America’s desert capital. If you want wall-to-wall sunshine, love hiking in beautiful rock formations, and hate the prospect of rain, it’s the ideal place to book a city break.

There’s plenty here for lovers of the great outdoors. Pack enchiladas, beers, and fresh fruit and vegetables for a picnic in Papago Park, try out water parks like Oasis or Wet’n’Wild, or fire up a golf kart and test your game against superb courses like Scottsdale.

On the other side, Phoenix has everything a top-class, major city should offer. From great museums like the Heard Museum or the Phoenix Art Museum to major sporting attractions like the Phoenix Suns; families, couples, and solo travelers will fall in love with this friendly western destination.

There are gourmet attractions too, from the stunning vistas and first-rate dishes at Different Pointe of View to satisfying street food like the burritos from Filiberto’s. It’s a city that will satisfy foodies, sports fans, and hikers alike.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Phoenix

What to do in Phoenix

Heard Museum
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When to Visit Phoenix

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The key thing to remember about Phoenix is that it’s a desert city and summer temperatures can be unbearably hot. However, at other times of the year, the climate can be extremely pleasant. For the best conditions, visit any time from March to May or late September to November.

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How to Get to Phoenix

Airports near Phoenix

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Where to Stay in Phoenix

Phoenix is not short of accommodation options, with a wide range of out-of-town resorts, budget motels, and city center hotels. Good Downtown hotels include the Hyatt Regency, Hotel Palomar, and the historic Hotel San Carlos, which includes a heated rooftop pool. There’s also a Hostelling International Hostel in the center of town which offers discount accommodation. A little out of the center, the Sheraton Crescent in North Phoenix is conveniently near hiking trails, while the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Camelback East is a popular up-market resort in beautiful desert surroundings.

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How to Get Around Phoenix

The Cost of Living in Phoenix

Shopping Streets

If you love to shop, Phoenix is a great place to visit. There are discount malls like Christown Spectrum Mall, which is home to popular stores like Target and Costco and more up-market malls like Biltmore Fashion Park, home to Sak’s and Jonathan Adler. There are also many locally owned fashion boutiques like Bunky’s on N. 1st St which specializes in baby clothes and jewelry, and Purple Lizard on N. 15th Ave which has a bohemian, Mexican-influenced style.

Groceries and Other

Phoenix has a wide range of supermarkets to choose from, including chains like Albertson’s, Safeway, Fry’s, and WinCo as well as organic and upscale grocery stores like Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market. The cost of living is generally lower than in other American cities, with essentials like milk and eggs below the national average.

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Where to Eat in Phoenix

Mexican food is huge in Phoenix, just like the burritos at fast food restaurants like Filiberto’s that you’ll find across town. For a sit-down Mexican meal, try local favorites like Comedor Guadalajara or Barrio Café. There are excellent Italian restaurants in most districts, including CIBO in the center and Tomaso’s in East Camelback, along with gourmet burger restaurants like Delux and Rehab Burger Therapy. There are also some great vegetarian places to try, including the Indian delights at Marigold Maison and the healthy dishes at Veggie Village. Expect to pay as little as $10 for a medium-range meal and $30-60 for a meal at a high-end restaurant.

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