Saturday, November 18, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

City Travel Guide to Phoenix Arizona

Arizona is a city rich with art and indubitable culture roots from millennia ago, grand resorts, lavish shopping, active nightlife, attractions, events and festivities, all around beautiful desert scenery.

Phoenix
History
Spanish explorers arrived in what is now Arizona in the 16th century. Jack Swilling established Phoenix in 1867 as a venture in irrigated farmland. Phoenix history range from wild west to modern city.
1.6 MILLION People
Phoenix is the 12th largest by population in the United States. Phoenix is well served by roads, railways, and airlines and the city plays a prominent role in the economy of the Mountain West region of the country.
Nearest Airport
Phoenix Sky Harbor Int. Airport (PHX)
Phoenix is served primarily by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, located 15 minutes to the south. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, also serves the area.
When to Go
Best Time
  • Spring: ~19°C (66°F)
    April - May
  • Summer: ~33°C (91°F)
    June - August
  • Autumn: ~23°C (73°F)
    September - October
  • Winter: ~12°C (54°F)
    November - March
Links to Festivals and Events
  • Mesa Music Festival
  • Come celebrate the culture of downtown Mesa at the free Mesa Music Festival. Performances will be indoors and out, and there will also be a car show, vendors and live art installations.
  • ArtFest of Scottsdale
  • More than 150 artists and dozens of local authors will display their works, all to the sound of regional musicians.
  • Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival
  • Come celebrate the popular and scrumptious food at the annual Phoenix Pizza Festival. Around 15 pizza vendors will be selling slices and pies. You'll also find dessert food trucks, lawn games, live music and arts and crafts for the kids.
  • Woofstock
  • The event includes plenty of dog and family-friendly activities including a Walk of Honor – A Salute to Veterans, demonstrations, stage performances and vendors.
  • Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts
  • Browse booths full of original artwork, sculptures and paintings from more than 500 artists at this annual outdoor festival, which more than 200,000 people attend each year. Listen to live music while having a bite to eat and visiting the beer garden.
  • Annual Gilbert Days Rodeo
  • Rodeo fans will enjoy plenty of exciting and fast-paced events at the yearly Gilbert Days Rodeo. Presented by the Gilbert Promotional Corporation, the rodeo features family-friendly rodeo action.
Farther Afield
Hidden Gems
  • The Rosson House
  • This well-kept 1895 Victorian home provides a look into home life in Arizona's territorial days.
  • Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Reconstructed 1890s town including gold-mine tours, Old West gunfights, a history museum & more.
  • Slide Rock State Park
  • Slide Rock State Park is a state park of Arizona, USA, taking its name from a natural water slide formed by the slippery bed of Oak Creek.
  • Montezuma Castle
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved dwellings located in Camp Verde, Arizona which were built and used by the Sinagua

Phoenix is the 12th largest by population in the United States. Phoenix is well served by roads, railways, and airlines and the city plays a prominent role in the economy of the Mountain West region of the country. The population of Phoenix is approximately 1.6 million people.

Spanish explorers arrived in what is now Arizona in the 16th century. Jack Swilling established Phoenix in 1867 as a venture in irrigated farmland. Phoenix history range from wild west to modern city.

The nearest airport serving Phoenix is Phoenix Sky Harbor Int. Airport (PHX). Phoenix is served primarily by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, located 15 minutes to the south. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, also serves the area.

Phoenix experiences four seasons.

  • Spring: April - May. Average temperature is ~19°C (66°F).
  • Summer: June - August. Average temperature is ~33°C (91°F).
  • Autumn: September - October. Average temperature is ~23°C (73°F).
  • Winter: November - March. Average temperature is ~12°C (54°F).

Visitors will want to be sure they don’t miss these top tourism attractions in Phoenix.

Nearby attractions offer visitors a great day trip from Phoenix.

These hidden gems are local favorites you don't want to miss.

  • The Rosson House – This well-kept 1895 Victorian home provides a look into home life in Arizona's territorial days.
  • Goldfield Ghost Town – Reconstructed 1890s town including gold-mine tours, Old West gunfights, a history museum & more.
  • Slide Rock State Park – Slide Rock State Park is a state park of Arizona, USA, taking its name from a natural water slide formed by the slippery bed of Oak Creek.
  • Montezuma Castle – Montezuma Castle National Monument protects a set of well-preserved dwellings located in Camp Verde, Arizona which were built and used by the Sinagua

Work off that amazing food, enjoy the great outdoors, or just try something new. These favorite activities let you get out and enjoy the country the way the locals do.

Try one (or all) of these great Phoenix restaurants for a tasty dining experience.

  • Compass Arizona Grill – Revolving rooftop venue in the Hyatt Regency Phoenix for seasonal & regional New American meals.
  • Roy's Desert Ridge – Escape the everyday with our Aloha Hour. Enjoy specially priced bar bites, signature cocktails, wines and local craft beers.
  • Wright's – Contemporary restaurant dishing out high-end New American fare inside the luxury Biltmore Hotel.
  • T. Cook's – T. Cook’s culinary philosophy of magnifying the purity of fresh, seasonal ingredients is a celebration of its treasured legacy.
  • Different Pointe of View – Different Pointe of View is a Elegant American eatery in the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort featuring sweeping valley views.
  • Steak 44 – Steak 44 features great steaks, fresh seafood, and a menu of unique side dishes and appetizers, along with an award winning wine list and great cocktails.

From casual comfort to luxury accommodations, Phoenix has plenty of great hotel choices for you to relax and unwind.

  • JW Marriott Phoenix – This modern upscale hotel in the Sonoran Desert lies 6.4 miles from Kierland Commons outdoor mall. It's also 9.8 miles from Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
  • Kimpton Hotel Palomar – This hip Kimpton hotel is within a 7-minute walk from U.S. Airways Center, 3rd Street/Washington light rail transit station and the Phoenix Convention Center.
  • Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs – Adjacent to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, this upscale all-suite golf and spa resort is also 15 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Arizona is the perfect destination for vacation and tourism. Due to its warm, dry climate, it attract a lot of sun lovers during the winter season. Explore Greater Phoenix to its full potential with this guide.


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