Your Phoenix vacation
When a town is named the Valley of the Sun, you can count on swimming pools, spas (with top-notch skin care treatments), al fresco dining -- and desert heat. Phoenix also is home to major museums, world-class golf and upscale shopping.
Ride a hot-air balloon over the city, and hike through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Drive the Apache Trail, and work your desert mojo at Scottsdale's dance clubs, saloons and swanky wine bars.
But before you pack your sunglasses, let Orbitz give you the lay of the land with top to-dos for your Phoenix vacation.
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Amenity-laden Scottsdale boutique hotel next to El Dorado ParkThe hotel 3 Palms is just two miles from downtown Scottsdale and is both convenient and opulent. Chic decor touches include padded headboards and handpicked modern art. There is a concierge and tour planning... More
Extended-stay and family suites at this north Scottsdale hotelThe Zona Hotel & Suites Scottsdale brings a seamless fusion of quality, style, comfort and value, suitable for discerning holidaymakers and corporate travelers in this part of Arizona. Apart from a ... More
Vegas-like excitement and frills in Phoenix without the crowds The Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino delivers Vegas-style casino and entertainment without the crowds in a convenient all-in-one complex. Game away in the 100,000-square-foot casino, enjoy world-class... More
Embrace Mediterranean charm as you enter Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia and be captivated on your private patio or balcony by scenes of our most famous landmark. Camelback Mountain is complemented by majestic resort pools and the intriguing desert landscape... More
Set on 1.5 acres of lush gardens, this Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown hotel is located north of downtown Phoenix, within easy access of the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, US Airways Center, as well as attractions like Heritage Square and Science Park, Desert... More
Walk across the street for shopping, dining and family funAcross from a popular Arizona shopping destination, Ramada Tempe at Arizona Mills Mall affords guests an easy walk to outlet shops, restaurants and family entertainment, from IMAX movies and an aquarium to a... More
Welcome to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Papago Inn & Resort! Experience the magic of Old Town Scottsdale at our spacious Scottsdale hotel, just minutes from the citys top attractions. Spend the afternoon at the Phoenix Zoo, just a short drive away from our Scottsdale hotel.... More
For those 21 and over, Talking Stick Resort hosts the popular and crowd-pleasing Release Pool Parties at our main pool on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 6 pm from April through September. If you prefer a quieter and family-friendly atmosphere, you can relax and... More
Welcome to the A Victory Inn-North Phoenix, the hotel is near Reach 11 Sports Complex. This Phoenix, AZ hotel is close to US Airways Center, University of Phoenix Stadium, the Peoria Sports Complex, Victory Lane Sports Park and Phoenix First church. The Phoenix Sky Harbor... More
Two miles from the Phoenix airport to a good night's sleepFrequent fliers enjoy the quick two-mile trip from the Phoenix airport to the cheerful yellow exterior of La Quinta Inn Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport South. With budget prices on basic accommodations that include free... More
Desert Botanical Garden
Wander trails studded with desert plants and wildflowers, followed by a drink at the outdoor cafe. Visit at night for a thrilling flashlight tour (June to September).
Experience the outdoors
Ride horseback through the Sonoran Desert, or climb Camelback Mountain. Hit the trails of Phoenix Mountain Preserve for its hidden valleys and gorgeous city views.
Visit this Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, where light-filled rooms are patterned after rattlesnakes, chameleons and Gila monsters.
Get inspired by the Native American art, and use your artistic skills at hands-on exhibits. Dine al fresco on Southwestern fare at the cafe.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
This stylish precinct runs the gamut from luxury retailers (Burberry, Neiman Marcus), H&M and home goods (Williams-Sonoma, Crate and Barrel) to a food court and cinema.
Ride in a hot air balloon
Float over the city, and toast the saguaros with a bottle of champagne. Take flight at sunrise or sunset for rose-colored desert views.
Drive the Apache Trail
Nervous Nellies and backseat drivers beware: This scenic, desert-plant-rich drive is filled with canyon views, hair-pin turns and areas named after superstition and lost Dutchmen. But boy, is it worth it.
Go tubing down the Salt River
Defeat the desert heat with a few hours' float down the Salt River, tubing from Mesa through the Tonto National Forest.
Hit the links
Golf against a desert landscape at Troon North Golf Course. Having a swinging time and putt your stuff at Wa-Ko-Pa Golf Club, the McDowell Mountains and Four Peaks.
Go to the spa
Get pampered, massaged, detoxified and reinvigorated with desert botanicals such as Gila River red clay, blue agave, colla cactus buds and more.