PhoenixUnited States of America

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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

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Downtown Phoenix

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

Downtown Phoenix

Top hotels in Phoenix

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
NZ$521
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

This family-friendly Scottsdale resort is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Butterfly Wonderland, OdySea Aquarium and Salt River Fields ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,470 reviews)

"The room was very clean, beds very comfortable and it was very quiet. The only negative is the lingering cigarette smoke from the casino in the hallways and main areas."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020

Talking Stick Resort
Arizona Grand Resort
Arizona Grand Resort
4 out of 5
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ
NZ$366
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

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! (2,263 reviews)

"The property was great! Not enough parking spots accessible to our building."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Arizona Grand Resort
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
NZ$243
per night
Mar 26 - Mar 27

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (10,919 reviews)

"Pool was great. Room was basic but clean. That's about it."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

3 Palms

Popular activities in Phoenix

Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy a day of adventure against a breathtaking backdrop at this spectacular site in the Sonoran Desert.

Phoenix Zoo
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Phoenix Zoo

A premier destination for families, this engaging wildlife park was made for exploration.

Top activities in Phoenix

Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Phoenix Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

96% of travellers recommend
NZ$260
Per adult
Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour
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Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$259
Per adult
Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Sonoran Desert with Gourmet Cuisine
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Hot Air Balloon Flight over the Sonoran Desert with Gourmet Cuisine

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$276
Per adult
Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour
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Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$269
Per adult
Musical Instrument Museum Tickets
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Musical Instrument Museum Tickets

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$31
Per adult
Holly Jolly Hunt - Holiday Scavenger Hunt in Tempe, AZ
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Holly Jolly Hunt - Holiday Scavenger Hunt in Tempe, AZ

NZ$4
Per adult

Reviews of Phoenix

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 5, 2019

Som good shopping malls a short drive. Nice downtown area

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Sep 8, 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

Verified traveller

May 10, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 6, 2019

Awesome!! Will definitely stay again!!

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