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Phoenix Travel Guide

Phoenix has transformed from a cattle town of 65,000 people in 1950 to a desert metropolis of 1.6 million. Explosive growth is a dominant feature of the city. People are moving to town from across the country. Downtown has sprouted a top-notch food-and-beverage scene anchored by flour-tortilla-and-steak-heavy Sonoran Mexican cuisine. Street art from Latino/a and Indigenous painters covers more and more facades every day. Despite the rapid change, many of the city’s core attractions remain the same. Against the odds and from the Salt and Gila rivers in a desert basin—one so hot it can ground jets in the summer—Phoenix arose. And it’s still rising today.

Plan Your Phoenix Trip

10 Best Hotels in Phoenix and Scottsdale
Set in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in America, this hotel scene isn't messing around.
These Arizona Hotels Are Redefining Wellness
The trend of mindfulness mixed with adventure is what we need coming out of the pandemic.
Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in Scottsdale, Arizona
From nature sanctuaries and hiking trails to art galleries and a stay at Beyonce and Jay-Z's honeymoon resort.

Best Places to Stay in Phoenix

My Favorite Airbnb: A Dreamy Desert Retreat Near Arizona's Saguaro National Park
A Southwestern-inspired five-room home in the middle of the desert.
Top 25 Hotels in The Southwest and West: Readers’ Choice Awards 2022
Condé Nast Traveler readers rate their top hotels in the American Southwest and West.
The Best Airbnb in Every National Park, from Yellowstone Lodges to Key West Bungalows
Find remarkable Airbnbs near almost all of America's national parks. 

The Best Things to Do in Phoenix

10 Best Things to Do in Phoenix
The must-see spots in the Valley of the Sun's crown jewel.
The Best Hike in Every National Park
From a family-friendly loop through White Sands to a cave-laden climb in the Smokies. 
The Best Restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona 
The Valley of the Sun's favorite farm-to-table hot spots, eclectic international cuisine, out-of-the-box modern Mexican, and some of America’s best pizza—yes, pizza.

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Air Travel
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