With sunshine all year round, great golfing and subtle charm, Phoenix is full of surprises. Give the city some time and you might just end up falling in love. Its treasures are spread far and wide but, with some great eating, shopping and nightlife, if you know where to look you’ll have a blast.
With blue skies and the mercury in the high 60s and 70s, November through April is perhaps the best season to visit Phoenix. The wild flowers are in bloom and it’s a more comfortable temperature for exploring.
In the summer months things can get a little sticky, with the thermometer pushing past 100 degrees and rising, and the heat can be very dry. The big advantage of visiting at this time of year is that you are more likely to find cheap flights to Phoenix, Arizona and there’s a bigger choice of available accommodation options.
Flying to Phoenix, there are plenty of departure options from around the US. And Orbitz lets you quickly find the bargain deals.
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There are numerous flights to Phoenix from US airports.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the main airport serving the city, located just three miles to the southeast of downtown. It’s among the largest commercial airports in the country handling more than 20 million passengers each year. There are flights from Phoenix to multiple destinations across the US and internationally.
Ground transportation options include the Valley Metro bus route 13, as well as rail and shuttle services.
Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport is in the southeastern part of Mesa, around 20 miles to the southeast of the city.
Direct flights to Phoenix are available from a number of different carriers.
If you have rented a car at the airport, then getting around will be that little bit easier. Unlike some other cities, the main attractions are spread out over a wide area and parking is generally not a problem (with the exception of some of the more popular shopping malls).
Public transport is provided by the Valley Metro, which operates both bus and rail services. The light rail network stretches for 26 miles, with 28 stations.
You can also get around the city by bike, with the Grid Bike Share program having stations across the city.
The Arizona Science Center is home to a planetarium and an IMAX cinema. And with traveling exhibitions throughout the year, it’s one of the city’s highlights.
For some outside fun, the Desert Botanical Garden showcases some of the incredible plant life that grows in this vast desert landscape.
If you have an interest in Native American culture and art from the region, the Heard Museum hosts a stunning collection, with many local pieces of special interest.
For a more modern take on creativity, the Phoenix Art Museum has a collection of contemporary masterpieces.
If you visit Phoenix in the summer, then be prepared to get hot – very hot. With temperatures pushing well past the 100-degree mark, you’ll need to drink plenty of water (probably way more than you think) and wear sunscreen at all times. It’s a good idea not to spend too much time out in the heat of the day, so try and keep indoors when the sun is high in the sky.
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