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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

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ
The price is NZ$247 per night from 17 May to 17 May
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,320 reviews)
"Thoroughly enjoyed the water park. I just wish it didn’t close at 5:00 pm."

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
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$263 per night from 24 May to 24 May
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! (1,333 reviews)
"The staff was just great. Especially the front desk concierge, David Richardson! Know that you better like kids because, since there is a waterpark, there are children. Only disappointment was the lack of dining facilities currently open inside the hotel itself. The hotel pool bar is also closed ..."

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$219 per night from 8 Jun. to 8 Jun.
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! (2,096 reviews)
"Beautiful resort"

Reviewed on 15 May 2021

Talking Stick Resort
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.
Sonder - Mill Ave
Sonder - Mill Ave
3.5 out of 5
750 South Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ
The price is NZ$237 per night from 27 May to 27 May
Situated near the airport, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Mill Avenue District, Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake. Arizona State University ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (109 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay, overall 10/10! Loved the easy commute to stores more specifically Whole Foods and walkable to mill st."

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Sonder - Mill Ave
Sonder - McKinley
Sonder - McKinley
3.5 out of 5
800 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Located in Downtown Phoenix, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Roosevelt Row and Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix. Phoenix Convention ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (45 reviews)
New home
"My family and I did a trip out to Phoenix to see if we would like to move here, since we’re looking to move to a new city. After staying here, we have found our new home. The city was beautiful and the place we stayed at was too. I could definitely see myself living in a place like this. I hope to ..."

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2020

Sonder - McKinley
Love Oasis by Scottsdale Beach Club - 2021 Opening
Love Oasis by Scottsdale Beach Club - 2021 Opening
913 N 73rd Pl, Scottsdale, AZ
Located in South Scottsdale, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Big Surf, Old Town and Tempe Town Lake. Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo are ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Amazing 30th birthday!
"We had a great experience! Check in was a breeze, the house had everything we needed. They thought of it all! It’s just as spectacular in person as it is in photos. Thank you so much!"

Reviewed on 25 Apr. 2021

Love Oasis by Scottsdale Beach Club - 2021 Opening
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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