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Phoenix

Travel Guide
Phoenix

Once the site of ancient Indian settlements, today the largest city in Arizona is home to modern art and architecture and stunning landscapes.—

Phoenix, Arizona is a mix of natural beauty and man-made wonders from ancient times to the present day. Known as “the Valley of the Sun” because of its endless sunshine and desert setting, it is also home to verdant golf courses, inviting swimming pools, and holiday resorts.

The Phoenix area was once home to the Hohokam people, and their presence can still be seen today. They created the extensive network of canals which brought water from the Salt River and its major tributary, the Verde River, to their crops. However, the Hohokam left behind more than just canals. At the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, visitors can gain an insight into how the Hohokam people lived in this harsh landscape. There are replica houses and artefacts such as tools and jewellery just waiting to be explored. Discover more about Native American life at the Heard Museum, which boasts a fine collection of Native American arts and crafts.

Fast-forward, and modern-day Phoenix is teeming with life. Children will love the Phoenix Zoo, voted one of the best zoos for children in the United States. Animals include some endangered species, and visitors can feed giraffes, pet stingrays, and even ride camels. For lovers of natural beauty, the Desert Botanical Garden displays the surprisingly diverse plant life of the region.

Today, Phoenix is a mecca of art and culture. Modern art and architecture can be explored at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, where the sun is always present as you walk through the building. The Mesa Arts Center is a favourite for visual and performing arts, and the Musical Instrument Museum is always a fascinating family favourite, where visitors can have a go at playing instruments from around the world.

Camelback Mountain looms large in the distance, not far from Phoenix. Here adventurers can climb or hike to the peak and take in breathtaking views of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and of the valley below.

If you’re feeling hot, cool off in the country's first and oldest wave-pool at Big Surf. There are also plenty of opportunities to indulge your taste buds. Head over to the restaurants at the Scottsdale Quarter or enjoy an evening looking out over Phoenix from Wrigley Mansion.

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Where to stay in Phoenix

3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$107 per night from 16 Aug. to 16 Aug.
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 ...
3.9/5Good! (2,940 reviews)
"Christina at the front was very know and and helpful!"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2021

3 Palms
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
4 out of 5
7677 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ
The price is NZ$230 per night from 17 Aug. to 17 Aug.
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 ...
3.7/5Good! (1,593 reviews)
"Nice place. Expect the pools to be almost packed."

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2021

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ
The price is NZ$200 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
This family-friendly Phoenix resort is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Oasis Water Park and Arizona Mills Mall. Diablo Stadium is 2.5 mi ...
4/5Very Good! (1,441 reviews)
"Staff were awesome and accommodating. We have been here many times, and it did not disappoint!"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Glendale - Westgate
Home2 Suites by Hilton Glendale - Westgate
2.5 out of 5
6620 North 95th Avenue, Glendale, AZ
The price is NZ$193 per night from 10 Aug. to 10 Aug.
Located in Glendale Sports and Entertainment District, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tanger Outlets Phoenix, Westgate Entertainment District ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (776 reviews)
"Large rooms with kitchen and close to restaurants."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Glendale - Westgate
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe ASU Area
Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe ASU Area
3 out of 5
66 S. Rockford Dr., Tempe, AZ
The price is NZ$220 per night from 6 Aug. to 6 Aug.
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tempe Town Lake, Sloan Park and Arizona State University. Big Surf and Sun Devil Stadium ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (457 reviews)
"N/C"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe ASU Area
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
17700 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$206 per night from 18 Aug. to 18 Aug.
This family-friendly Scottsdale aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (716 reviews)
"Large rooms. Completely furnished, including cooking utensils, etc. Nice pool and bar. Really impressed."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
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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