Holidays to Phoenix
See authentic south-western USA in Phoenix
Phoenix’s lively metropolis is set against a backdrop of rugged red mountains that define the nation’s south-west. The mountain trails offer you an escape from the city lights and energy that can be enjoyed across the sprawling state. Entertainment, shopping, arts, and culture are prominent, making Phoenix holidays a must for travellers exploring the country’s southern states.
For outdoor pursuits, Phoenix is one of the USA’s best locations. Staying there puts the Sonoran Desert and its three major mountains on your doorstep. A 50-mile-long trail leads you up into the South Mountain Park and Reserve, while Camelback Mountain is just 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix. McDowell Mountain Regional Park rewards you with a superb view of the city skyline once you reach its peak, which you can traverse by mountain bike, horseback or on foot. With some forward planning you can admire the scenery from a hot air balloon or glider. A highlight are the majestic saguaro cacti, which can grow to 50 feet tall.
Sports and activities
As you’d expect in a major state, Phoenix sports fans always have a big game to watch. NFL fans can catch the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium or the Phoenix Suns NBA team near Tempe. The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team and Arizona Coyotes hockey team also attract thousands of fans for a home game. Immaculate golf courses welcome tourists for a round during their visit, while jet-ski rental, boat tours and watersports lessons can all be arranged.
Nightlife and entertainment
Your day doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. Phoenix comes to life during darkness, when the nightclubs open and roulette wheels begin to spin at the casinos. In Downtown Phoenix the CityScape complex gives you the chance to catch stand-up comedy at Stand Up Live, live music at Cooper Blues and bowling at Lucky Strike. Roosevelt Row is the place for art galleries and restaurants, with Crescent Ballroom another popular venue for live music. If you’d like an evening of bar-hopping and chatting with locals, head over to Old Town Scottsdale. Tempe’s Mill Avenue is the go-to place for the state’s younger crowds, as it is close to Arizona State University.
Most budgets are catered for in Phoenix’s shopping areas. For high-end fashion you should pay a visit to Scottsdale, particularly Scottsdale Fashion Square. Vintage items are easy to find in Central Phoenix, such as at the American Park ‘n Swap or Frances Vintage. Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum are great places to pick up a souvenir of your stay. If you want to support regional farmers and small businesses, pay a visit to one of the open-air markets for a leisurely stroll and a bite to eat.