Phoenix is the capital city of the state of Arizona in the southwestern USA. It is renowned for its blissfully warm temperature and year-round sun (300 days no less!) which delights visitors as they explore the appropriately named Valley of the Sun; a vast, multi-city and diverse metropolitan hub packed with golf courses, luxury spas, boutique shopping, inspiring museums and world-class nightclubs.
Step out of the city and you'll be rewarded by mountains and desert, with the Desert Botanical garden a key visitor attraction and home to innumerable native flora. Visitors are often struck by the contrast of the azure blue skies, the golden sun and the deep red rocks of the surrounding towering mountains.
Phoenix itself is a true economic powerhouse with real international cultural clout. You'll find a symphony orchestra, an opera house, several theatres and three of the most impressive museums in the state: the Phoenix Art, the Heard and the Musical Instrument museums. If sport is more your thing, enjoy professional football, baseball, ice-hockey and basketball as well as 200 golf courses.
Things to Do
Phoenix boasts an impressive array of activities, combining the best of urban culture, entertainment and city life with excellent outdoor pursuits and adventures in the surrounding desert and mountains.
See the Panoramic view from Camelback Mountain
Named for the fact it looks like a kneeling camel, hikers can climb 1,200 feet to the top, scaling Cholla and Echo Canyon before being rewarded with the sight of the city and towering Phoenix Mountains. Head out early in the morning when it's hot and bring a lot of water!
Experience sounds of the world at the Musical Instrument Museum
A great choice for kids, this fantastic family attraction gathers together thousands of different instruments with visitor handsets that seamlessly sync as you peruse the many galleries; it's packed with pop-culture and traditional instruments alike.
Witness the beauty of the desert at the Botanical Garden
Spread across 50 acres, the Desert Botanical Gardens wind across an array of paths that showcase superb desert plants, from fragrant blooms to vast saguaros. The landscape also regularly hosts seasonal events, with the ever-popular Flashlight Tours.
Calendar of Events
There's a superb array of events in and around Phoenix, whether you enjoy cultural attractions, food themed events or the great outdoors.
- Real Wild and Woody Beer Festival. Taste some local brews and artisan ales at this lively local tasting event, complemented with plenty of light bites from local eateries.
- The Diamondbacks Games. Don't visit the city without going to one of the high-octane Arizona Diamondbacks games. They are held at Chase Field in the downtown area.
- McDowell Mountain Music Festival. A non-profit festival, this event features a fantastic annual music line-up to the backdrop of the towering mountains.
So if you're ready to enjoy the best of cosmopolitan life and the fresh outdoors entwined into an invigorating, exciting holiday with something to suit everyone, book your flights today!