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Phoenix
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in Phoenix

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$231 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

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! (2,120 reviews)

"The 14th floor was fun. The pool was warm, so that was nice. The lights were pretty."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2021

Talking Stick Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$328 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,099 reviews)

"The resort was elegant and quiet. The room was cozy and very comfortable. The staff was very helpful and hospitable."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2021

Scottsdale Plaza 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 NZ$259 per night from 25 Feb. to 26 Feb.

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! (1,189 reviews)

"The staff was super nice and always working hard. Waterpark was clean and warm water on a chilly day."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb. 2021

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
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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 NZ$264 per night from 25 Feb. to 26 Feb.

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! (1,896 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
Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort
4 out of 5
6302 E Mckellips Rd, Mesa, AZ
The price is NZ$185 per night from 25 Feb. to 26 Feb.

Located in East Mesa, this condo is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Longbow Golf Club. Superstition Springs ...

3.8/5Good! (1,103 reviews)

"Right next to a golf course. Easy to walk to golf course and restaurant."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2021

Westgate Painted Mountain Golf Resort
Staybridge Suites Phoenix East - Gilbert
Staybridge Suites Phoenix East - Gilbert
3 out of 5
5275 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ
The price is NZ$196 per night from 25 Feb. to 26 Feb.

Situated in Gilbert, this aparthotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Superstition Springs Center, and within 9 mi (15 km) of SanTan Village and Golfland Sunsplash. Mesa ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (219 reviews)

"Great location and great place to stay. Very clean and the staff is very friendly. Grocery store and coffee/food restaurants near by, walkable distance."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2021

Staybridge Suites Phoenix East - Gilbert
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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5 Oct. 2019

Som good shopping malls a short drive. Nice downtown area

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8 Sep. 2019

Got a bad feel a bout the area. Was passing through but didnt even stop to have a look around. Had coffee in morning and thats it.

4/5 - Good

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10 May 2019

Papago Park definitely worth a visit for an early morning or evening walk

5/5 - Excellent

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6 May 2019

Awesome!! Will definitely stay again!!

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