Phoenix Travel Guide & Information

Arizona's capital, and one of the largest cities in the southwest, Phoenix is rapidly growing as a modern city. From world-class hotels and resorts and fine dining, to exhilarating adventure, breathtaking golf courses, trendy shopping, a modern nightlife and enriching culture; the city has it all. Whether you’re planning a trip to Phoenix for business or pleasure, this destination promises to be a great vacation.

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Book flights to Phoenix and visit the city also known as "Valley of the Sun", with 300 days of sunshine each year. Phoenix is quickly turning into a Mecca for vacationers due to its sightseeing activities, golf resorts, spas and resorts, arid climate and vibrant nightlife. The rich cultural background is enticing and inviting. This and the historical roots of Phoenix culminate to make this city one of the most popular tourist destinations.

Incorporated in 1881, Phoenix ranks as one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. The city has risen from being an ancient agricultural village to a sprawling modern metropolis. Phoenix, a year round destination has a plethora of things to see and do, and offers something for every type of traveler.

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Things to do in Phoenix

Museums:

Whether its history, nature, art or archaeology that interests you, Phoenix has a host of museums to enjoy and learn from.

Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art: Heard Museum is designed to educate the public about the heritage and the living cultures and arts of Natives of the Southwest. The Heard Museum is not a history museum. It is a living museum, featuring both artifacts and contemporary art. The main Phoenix location of the Heard Museum has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.

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Phoenix Art Museum: Phoenix Art Museum is the largest and primary institution of visual art in the Southwestern United States. Located in Phoenix, the museum's collections trace their origins back to 1912. You can view popular exhibits that feature artists, such as Rembrandt, Norman Rockwell and Annie Leibowitz.

Pueblo Grande Museum: Pueblo Grande Museum is located at a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruins in modern day Phoenix. For over 70 years the museum has been dedicated to the study and interpretation of the Hohokam culture. On the 102 acre park grounds, visitors explore the ruin of an 800 year-old platform mound, possibly used by the Hohokam for ceremonies or as an administrative center.

Festivals:

In a large metropolitan area like Phoenix, visitors can experience something during almost every month of the year. Ranging from concerts, to arts and crafts festivals and more, the city offers endless festivals for travelers to participate in.

First Fridays Artwalk: Phoenix's biggest annual art walk, Art Detour is a two-day, self-guided tour of galleries, studios and businesses in various neighborhoods in and around downtown. It's a perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to see an array of local, national and international talent. The walk offers a tour of 70 galleries, venues and art-related spaces, offering glimpses of a wide variety of artwork encapsulating the spirit and culture of the city.

Phoenix Film Festival: The Phoenix Film Festival is a festival that celebrates feature films and their creators. The celebration takes place annually in the city of Phoenix. The festival began as a showcase for feature films made for less than $1 million and short films made for less than $50,000. However, it has quickly evolved into elite status within the filmmaking community.

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Where to Stay in Phoenix:

The Valley of the Sun has hundreds of hotels, spas and resorts, golf resorts, hostels, cheap hotels and 4-Star Hotels Under $99, the choices of Where to Stay in Phoenix are vast.

Downtown Phoenix: Downtown Phoenix is the central business district of Phoenix. The area serves as the center of politics, justice and government on local, state and federal levels, as well as major arts and cultural institutions. Downtown Phoenix is the center of major league sports activities and live concert events. Visitors interested in being centrally located with a city flavor, should definitely consider a hotel in downtown Phoenix.

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Scottsdale: Scottsdale is often considered Arizona's playground for the rich and famous. You’ll find high end shopping, luxury resorts, fine dining and country club living in Scottsdale. Scottsdale and other surrounding communities are well known for providing travelers with luxurious spa and resort accommodations.

Whether you are visiting the Valley of the Sun with your family, friends, on your own, or for romance, you can use this time to escape, relax and enjoy.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Phoenix

Phoenix has an arid, dry climate, with warm weather year-round. You can expect crowds throughout the year. However, the most popular times to visit are spring and winter, when the weather is pleasant and there are a variety of sporting events.

Budget travelers might want to plan their visit during the fall, as airfares and hotels are slightly lower and the weather is more comfortable. During summers, temperatures rise well above 100 degrees.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (December to March)

Low season: (June to September)

Phoenix Weather

Phoenix has an arid climate, with very hot summers and temperate winters.

* The temperature in Phoenix registers at least 100°F or more on an average of 90 days out of the year, mostly between June and September. Most days are sunny, and rainfall is scarce.

* Winters bring mild, sunny days, with occasional fog. Snow is rare, but has been recorded, with frost being a frequent phenomenon during the winter months.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available in many parts of Phoenix.

Languages:

* English is the primary language in Phoenix.

* Many people in Phoenix also speak Spanish.