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Frequently Asked Questions
Who should go?
World-class golf courses.
Enjoy Arizona Diamondbacks baseball or a desert horseback ride.
Couples and Singles
Enjoy a romantic hot-air balloon ride.
What's the climate like?
Visit in autumn or spring for the most comfortable weather and summer for great values and special warm-weather fun, such as movies shown poolside.
How do I get around town?
Transfers are not included with your vacation package, but are offered as an optional add-on (see the Activities + More tab for more information). The Sky Harbor International Airport is located just three miles from Downtown Phoenix, and 110 miles south of Sedona.
The Phoenix area is very spread out, so if you plan on doing any traveling outside of your hotel, an air-conditioned car rental is the most convenient way to go.
Valley Metro operates weekday buses all over the valley as well as a few routes on Saturday. Most stop operating in the early evening.
Truer to the Western spirit are the horse-drawn carriage tours of Old Town Scottsdale.
What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?
Southwestern cuisine, which has swept the country, was born in Phoenix and remains a staple for the local palate. Try some of these restaurants for the best of Phoenix.
Dine amidst stunning views of the high Sonoran desert and be treated with impeccable service and contemporary steak, chicken, and seafood.
- Alchemy at Copperwynd
Located in nearby Fountain Hills, Alchemy is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant with breathtaking views and alfresco dining.
- Arcadia Farms Café
Located in the Phoenix Art Museum, the menu uses fresh, local ingredients as well as seafood including Maryland crab cakes and shrimp.
- Barrio Café
Come early as reservations are not accepted at this popular Mexican restaurant. Enjoy guacamole prepared tableside and flavorful entres.
- Buster's Restaurant on the Lake
Located in Scottsdale in the exclusive McCormick Ranch, you'll enjoy sublime American favorites such as prime rib, chicken, chops, ribs, and more.
- Macayo's Mexican Kitchen
Serving excellent margaritas, chimichangas, and other Mexican favorites for more than 60 years.
Nestled at the base of Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Sassi presents tasteful artisan cuisine inspired by the traditions of southern Italy.
- T-Bone Steakhouse
Savor the flavor of award-winning, mesquite-broiled steaks and chicken all served in a rustic atmosphere. Sit on the patio for great views of the city lights.
Nightlife centers around the Arizona State University Campus in Tempe. A number of bars and nightclubs can keep you going until the wee hours of the morning.
Where should I go shopping?
When visiting Greater Phoenix, you owe it to yourself to check out the area's fabulous shopping malls, unique boutiques, antique shops, and the terrific deals available at regional outlet centers. You won’t have to look long for a shopping mall, they’re all over the place.
A great place to shop is Arizona Mills, a variety of 175 retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Check out the Factory Stores of America, featuring 30 outlet stores including VF Factory Outlet, American Tourister, Casual Corner Outlet, Fieldcrest-Cannon, and Bass Shoes, or visit The Mesa Market Place and its 1,600 booths.
When are the local events?
While the period from October to May is dotted with community events in Phoenix, the city slows down during the summer. Friday night in Scottsdale Old Town is known as "Gallery Night" as artists and vendors gather to display the fruits of their labor. Other areas are now hosting Gallery Nights, as well. For up-to-date events information, check The Arizona Republic or the alternative, Providence Phoenix.
Here’s some other events worth noting in the Phoenix area:
Arizona Music Festival
April. Local and national recording artists perform clinics for student musicians.
Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 5. Features an amateur mariachi competition, entertainment, music, food, and more.
Saguaro Film Festival
June. The Arizona Film Society sponsors this annual independent film festival. Watch films, hang out with film lovers, and talk with film makers.
Fabulous Phoenix Fourth
July 4. The largest fireworks display in the Southwest, held at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix. Enjoy entertainment and games.
September. Arts, crafts, entertainment, juggling, folk dancing, strolling musicians, musical comedy teams, festival foods, and more.
Arizona State Fair
Late October. Two weeks of fun with rides, food, competitions, concerts, and exhibits. Held at the Fairgrounds in Central Phoenix.
What are my golf and recreation options?
- The Duke at Rancho El Dorado Golf Club
A championship, 18-hole facility designed by David Druzinsky with generous fairways and a scenic view of the natural desert sage and brush surroundings.
- Kokopelli Golf Club
Traditional-style, 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course rising dramatically from its desert surrounding.
- Legacy Golf Club
An 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architect Gary Panks and featuring lush green fairways, forgiving rough, well-placed hazards, and manicured greens.
- Phantom Horse Golf Club
Championship course designed by Forrest Richardson combining the challenge of both traditional links and desert links golf.
- Pointe Golf Club Lookout Mountain
Designed by golf course architect Bill Johnston, this course weaves its way through rugged terrain that borders the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
- Raven South Mountain Golf Club
Golf course architects David Graham and Gary Panks created a golf course reminiscent of their favorite traditional layouts in the Midwest with 6,000 pine trees and 45,000 bales of pine straw.
- Whirlwind Golf Club
Consisting of the Devil's Claw course and the Cattail Course to provide a memorable golf experience with elevation changes, multi-tiered greens, and challenging bunker design.
- The Wigwam Resort & Golf Club
Featuring three distinct courses and challenges for every skill level.
- Wildfire Golf Club
The Palmer Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, and the Faldo Course, designed by Nick Faldo, create 36-holes of golf with stunning views and impeccable landscaping.
Phoenix and the surrounding Sonoran Desert are fabulous for hiking, biking, hang gliding, bungee jumping, hot-air ballooning, and many other outdoor activities.
Cactus League Baseball
Mid March – late April. Major League Baseball teams that make up the Cactus League come to Arizona for exhibition baseball.
Phoenix is home to football’s Arizona Cardinals, baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks, basketball’s Phoenix Suns, and hockey’s Phoenix Coyotes, making it one of only a few U.S. cities to host a team in each of the four major sports leagues.
No matter what time of year you visit, there's always plenty to do. Hiking and biking in the Great Sonoran Desert are popular when it's not too hot. Also, an awesome view over the whole Valley of the Sun can be seen high above the earth on a spectacular hot-air balloon ride.
Relax at a Spa
One of the best ways to unwind from the daily grind is with a treatment at a full-service spa. To immerse yourself in your vacation to Phoenix, try a treatment inspired by exotic Native American traditions, including warm-stone therapies, aloe vera body wraps, Sonoran Desert aromatherapy exfoliations, and more.
A New View of the Grand Canyon
Suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River, on the very edge of the Grand Canyon, the Grand Canyon Skywalk gives the chance to share the wonder of the canyon that the Hualapai Tribe has so graciously offered.
Water in the Desert
For a cool retreat from the summer heat, head to the Salt River for a tubing adventure. The Salt River, located just north of Phoenix, offers a chance to float down a cool mountain river surrounded by a picturesque valley. You can even choose the time of your float from
Lovers of architecture should not miss the Biltmore Hotel or Taliesin West. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West was his primary residence for 20 years and now is a National Historic Landmark. Make it a point to join one of the tours given by a knowledgable guide.
Just an hour and a half north of Phoenix, Sedona is one of the most spectacularly beautiful places in the United States. The red rock formations and numerous hiking and biking trails are great for the outdoor adventurer. In addition, Sedona has an abundance of art galleries and fun places to shop.
Good to Know:
|Sky Harbor International Airport
|October – May
|June – August
|Phoenix is in the Mountain Time Zone, one hour behind Central Standard Time
|None needed for U.S. citizens
|15%-20% at restaurants, $1-$2 bellman (per bag), $2-$3 valet (per use), $2-$3 maid (per day).
|Phoenix is very casual. Shorts are allowed at most restaurants, except fine dining establishments. Bring a sweater, as some of the evenings in the desert can be quite cool.