Phoenix

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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$120 per night from 22 Nov. to 22 Nov.
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 ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,970 reviews)
"Nice and clean staffs are friendly"

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2021

3 Palms
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ
The price is NZ$234 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
This family-friendly Phoenix resort is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Oasis Water Park and Arizona Mills Mall. Sea Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,538 reviews)
"Exciting place to discover out in the middle of nowhere. They accommodated my request to move to a different room when I was unhappy with the first location. BIG WIN! Good job!"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$267 per night from 21 Nov. to 21 Nov.
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,871 reviews)
"Everything was great. My only objection was regarding the lighting in the room. The rooms need additional lighting...it would really be nice to have some overhead lighting. Otherwise, all was perfect."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2021

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
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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 NZ$142 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,333 reviews)
"Pool area comfortable had bar food right by the pool . Staff excellent"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2021

Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
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$246 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake and Sloan Park. Riverview Park and Big Surf are ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (473 reviews)
"The hotel is very quiet and the bedding is very very comfortable. Staff was very friendly. The only complaint was breakfast. They have a really nice spread of food but if you got there after 7:30, there was hardly anything left, especially the hot food. I heard many people complaining about this. ..."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe ASU Area
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$185 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
Located in North Scottsdale, this golf condo is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale and Westworld of Scottsdale. Scottsdale Quarter ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,015 reviews)
great location and great condo.
"great location and great condo.."

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2021

Scottsdale Links Resort 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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