Phoenix Travel Guide

Browse information about Phoenix neighborhoods and learn more about things to do in Phoenix.


There’s a reason Greater Phoenix has been ranked among the fastest growing cities and a favorite tourist vacation destination in America for decades. Tourists travel back again and again. They discover why residents become so enriched, energized and rejuvenated living here.

As America’s fifth largest city, Phoenix is all grown-up with cultural attractions and world-class restaurants. Yet it still treasures touches of the wild west and ancient civilizations. Ride with cowboys into the brilliantly colorful sunsets that exist no where else.

Phoenix is both cosmopolitan and rustic. Urban and rural. City lights, bright stars and wide-open places. Real ghost towns. Cowboy saloons. Five major sports teams. Upscale dining. Rivaled shopping. A world of romance, tranquility, things to do, and incredible views.

Why Phoenix?

There are many reasons why the Phoenix and Scottsdale area is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations. Sunshine, blue skies, over 200 lush golf courses, award-winning resorts, luxurious spas, scenic landscapes, outdoor adventure, and world-class shopping just to name a few. Its beauty, attractions, culture, restaurants, and variety of things to do will tantalize all your senses. Whatever your favorite ways to leave the hectic day-to-day grind behind, you’ll find pleasure, relaxation and excitement that moves and rejuvenates right here in Greater Phoenix Arizona. Go ahead and indulge. You deserve a rewarding getaway.

Golf Vacations and Golf Schools.

Golf is a major attraction in Metro Phoenix. In fact the National Golf Foundation has called Phoenix the “Golf Capital of the World”. The Valley of Sun Phoenix and Scottsdale area boasts over 200 golf courses and a plethora of golf resorts, so whether you prefer the traditional tree-lined courses or those that wind through a natural desert landscape with cacti-studded mountains in the background, you’ll find the perfect spot to knock that little white ball around. There are several golf schools that feature multiple day golf vacation getaways that combine instruction with discount lodging. Choose among golf vacation package deals or consider golf resorts and spas that offer golf vacation packages.

Hiking and Biking.

Hiking and biking are rituals for many Phoenicians. Join them and take to the surrounding mountains and desert wilderness. Bike or hike the trails at South Mountain. Hike to the summit of Camelback Mountain or climb to the peak at Piestewa and be rewarded with picturesque views high above the Phoenix and Scottsdale horizons. Hire a tour guide and enjoy the experience of a jeep or hummer tour into the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert that surrounds the Valley of the Sun.

Horseback Riding and Trail Rides.

What better way to connect with southwest nature than by horseback? Several horse stables offer both rides by the hour up to an extended all-day trail rides into the secluded wilderness complete with a western cookout under the brilliant starlit skies. Or you could elect to spend an entire rustic vacation at a nearby dude ranch or working ranch. So, ride off into the sunset, the canyons, mountains, and rivers, and enjoy the tranquility.

Boating and Water Recreation.

Phoenix is surrounded with large lakes including SaguaroCanyonPleasant and Bartlett where you can boat, water ski, jet ski, sail, kayak, fish or just enjoy the cool refreshing water and great views of canyon walls. Float the gentle rapids by tubing down Salt River or camp alongside the banks of the Verde River. Within the city in Tempe, spend the day at Tempe Town Lake sailing, kayaking or fishing. There are also 15 urban fishing ponds that are regularly stocked with fish for families to enjoy. Phoenix also features several water parks that feature great ways to cool down during the hot summer months.

Tours and Adventure.

Float gently above the scenic vistas on a hot air balloon ride. Take a jeep tour into the desert wilderness and mountain canyons. Rent a boat, hire a fishing guide, take a helicopter tour or rent a jeep or ATV and tour the back country at your own leisure. Consider a dinner boat cruise at Canyon Lake or take scenic train ride. And if you don’t mind driving for a couple of hours you can snow ski at the Snowbowl in Flagstaff or Mount Lemmon in the Tucson area.

Indulge. Beauty, Mind, and Soul.

Indulge in a bit of pampering. You deserve it, so treat yourself to some rejuvenation at the many day spas and resort spas in the Metro Phoenix area. Spend the entire day with estheticians, massage therapists, and other personal care professional that are expert is specialty treatments originally inspired in Europe and Asia complemented with Native American traditions. Many visitors to Phoenix combine a soothing vacation with some cosmetic surgery procedures.

Museums, Performing Arts, Festivals & Events.

The artistic and cultural tapestry is deeply woven into the Phoenix community with a long list of museums and performing arts and theatre venues in Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun communities. There are an almost endless number of major annual events and festivals from which to choose.

Major Sports, College Sports, Golf Tournaments.

There are only 13 cities in the country that field teams in all three major professional sports including MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL. Between the Arizona DiamondbacksPhoenix SunsArizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Coyotes, you can almost catch a pro sports game any time of the year. The most attended PGA golf tournament in the country, the FBR Phoenix Open is held in January and the LPGA Safeway International is held during March. Throw-in Major League Spring Training. college football’s Insight Bowl and Fiesta Bowl as well as NASCAR events and you’ll have to agree that Metro Phoenix is a sports utopia. And, did we mention the WNBA Phoenix Mercury.

A Shopping Experience.

Yes, shopping is an attraction in the Phoenix area where you will discover some of the nation’s best shopping. Shopping malls here are destinations with amenities that include regular entertainment, fine restaurants and unique atmospheres. Places like the palacial Scottsdale Fashion Square, the upscale Biltmore Fashion Park, Tempe Marketplace along the banks of Tempe Town Lake, the entertaining Desert Ridge Marketplace and the huge Chandler Fashion Center.

Dining and Nightlife.

Fine restaurants come alive and the nightlife heats up when the sun begins to set in the western horizon. Exotic, European, Asian and Foreign as well as the indigenous Southwest flavors are abundant in any direction. And if you want to savor the best steaks in the country, try Donovan’s on the Camelback Corridor in Phoenix. When you’re traveling away from home, there’s always a place to “let your hair down” from trendy night clubs and dance clubs to sports bars, dinner theatres and comedy venues.