Arizona is famous for its desert climate, but Phoenix has a surprising amount of greenery on offer. The parks, golf courses and resorts to be found here offer cool refreshment from the heat in the “Valley of the Sun”.

Native Americans have played a key role in the development of this area. The ancient Hohokam people irrigated the desert to make crops grow—discover what we know about their culture and history at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. Learn about the art and crafts made by different local indigenous tribes in the stunning collection at the Heard Museum.

Phoenix has attracted artists from all backgrounds, and there are many different art forms and periods to explore in the local area, whether you’re an art aficionado or a relative novice. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in a light, airy building, where the pieces inside (dating from the 1950s onwards) are shown off to their best advantage, while the Phoenix Arts Museum includes thousands of classic pieces. For something more lively, head to the visual and performance art exhibitions at the Mesa Arts Center, which includes a refreshing outdoor space that’s the perfect way of escaping the heat. Learn more about music and its role in global cultures in the fascinating Musical Instrument Museum.

With all of this art on show, it’s easy to miss the biggest attraction: the stunning scenery of the Sonoran Desert. But despite Phoenix’s big city feel, you’re never far from the Wild West. To truly appreciate the scenery, take a hike or climb up Camelback Mountain. Learn about the life to be found in the desert in the Desert Botanical Garden, and meet the inhabitants at the Phoenix Zoo.

If all that nature gets too much, travel to the shops and restaurants of the lively Scottsdale Quarter, where you can indulge in some much needed R&R. Families will love the Arizona Science Center for its focus on hands-on learning and the opportunity to travel through the human digestive system! Round off your stay by revelling in the opulence of Wrigley Mansion whilst sipping a cocktail or enjoying some fine-dining.

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sport, baseball and golf

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Where to stay in Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix
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Downtown Phoenix

sport, baseball, liveMusic

Cheer on the Phoenix Suns at an NBA game or walk around the city’s historic precinct as you explore the state capital.

Top hotels in Phoenix

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
SG$205/night
29 Sep-30 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (4,056 reviews)

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

4.3/5Excellent! (4,056 reviews)

"Nice place,casino needs to have 5 dollar tables. Not everyone is wealthy that comes through them doors. You have enough tables there to have a least one 5 dollar black table."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep,2019

Talking Stick Resort
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SureStay Hotel by Best Western Phoenix Airport
2 out of 5
3037 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ
SG$74/night
7 Oct-8 Oct
3.5/5Good! (2,134 reviews)

Located in Downtown Phoenix, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Celebrity Theater, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Phoenix Convention Center and Chase Field. Talking ...

3.5/5Good! (2,134 reviews)

"Room was fine, breakfast items were okay. There could have been a bit more variety in the food."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep,2019

SureStay Hotel by Best Western Phoenix Airport
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Arizona Grand Resort
4 out of 5
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ
SG$197/night
22 Sep-23 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (2,222 reviews)

This family-friendly Phoenix resort is located in the suburbs, within a 15-minute walk of Oasis Water Park and Arizona Mills Mall. Diablo Stadium is 2.5 mi (4 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,222 reviews)

"Variety of pools, but they should be skimmed of leaves more often."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep,2019

Arizona Grand Resort

Popular things to do in Phoenix

Taliesin West
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Taliesin West

Step inside the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s most famous architects. Learn how he bridged the gap between architecture and environment.

Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain

Make it to the “hump” of Phoenix’s highest point for amazing views across the Valley of the Sun.

Phoenix Zoo
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Phoenix Zoo

One of the best destinations in the United States for families is home to some of its most interesting animals.

Top activities in Phoenix

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

SG$234

Board a nine-story-tall hot air balloon and let the calm breeze carry you over Phoenix and the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy a champagne toast to celebrate the morning's adventure as you sit back and relish the views of diverse wildlife, dramatic landscapes, and the rich variety of nature.

Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour
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Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour

SG$232

Take in Arizona's breathtaking beauty with a tour that takes you to the incredible Grand Canyon and the Navajo Indian Reservation. Stop for pictures of Red Rocks of Sedona completes an educational and visually striking journey into the state's heartland.

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

SG$247

Soar through the skies aboard a colorful hot air balloon over the dramatic desert landscapes of Arizona. Float through the air at different elevations to witness gorgeous views of the Sonoran Desert's wildlife and amazing cacti.

Musical Instrument Museum Tickets
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Musical Instrument Museum Tickets

SG$28

Embark on a fascinating journey through sound at the world's largest musical instrument showcase. Hear, see, and feel the spirit of music from around the globe as you explore engaging exhibits for music lovers of all ages at Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).

Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour
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Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour

SG$247

Enjoy an amazing day with visits to the Grand Canyon and Route 66 on this tour across the spectacular Arizona desert. From the historic Route 66 to one of America's great natural wonders, you get an up-close look at the region's iconic sights.

Bradshaw Mountains ATV or UTV Off-Roading Tours
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Bradshaw Mountains ATV or UTV Off-Roading Tours

SG$264

Strike out into the rugged Bradshaw Mountains on the back of a 4x4 for a scenic off-road adventure. A certified guide will lead you on an adrenaline-pumping trail ride over mountains, through canyons, and across washes, creeks, and the Agua Fria riverbed for a journey filled with great photos and spectacular Arizona history.

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Free Things to Do in Phoenix with Kids
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Free Things to Do in Phoenix with Kids

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Best Things to Do on Father’s Day
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Best Things to Do on Father’s Day

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Hot Air Balloon Day Aerial Adventures & Activities
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Hot Air Balloon Day Aerial Adventures & Activities

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