Phoenix/Scottsdale Travel Guide

Areas to Explore

Cave Creek
Chandler
Fountain Hills
Gilbert
Glendale
Paradise Valley
Peoria
Tempe

Phoenix/Scottsdale Area information

Visit the Valley of the Sun with Phoenix & Scottsdale Vacation Rentals

A Visit to the Sunny Side

With around 300 days of sunshine each year, Phoenix, and its neighboring city, Scottsdale, are an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. You’ll find world-class golfing, scenic hiking trails, and plenty of local festivals and events. And as one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan areas, Phoenix is also becoming known for its culinary and art scenes and as a hub for entertainment, nightlife, and fashion. Wherever your Phoenix adventure takes you, you’ll find no shortage of warm, sunny days to explore all there is to do.

Stay in a Desert Oasis

You have a variety of options when you stay with Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels™ in Phoenix and Scottsdale. You can enjoy the coziness of a quaint bungalow in a historic neighborhood, experience the energy of the city with an upscale condo in downtown, or stay with family and friends in a large home with mountain views and a private pool. Plan your perfect Arizona getaway with one of our vacation rentals.

Top Sights in Phoenix/Scottsdale

Desert Botanical Gardens

Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Gardens is home to thousands of unique cacti, trees, and flowers from all around the world. Sharply contrasted against the red buttes of Papago Park, this Sonoran Desert oasis features beautiful hiking trails and rotating exhibits. It also plays host to numerous events and outdoor concerts, and is best visited right before another popular Phoenix draw—its sunsets.

Chase Field

With a kid-friendly atmosphere and a retractable roof for climate control, a trip to Chase Field is one of the best things to do in Phoenix when the temperatures rise. Even if you’re not a die-hard baseball fan, you’ll still get caught up in the festive atmosphere as fans cheer on the hometown team! If you what to see what it takes to keep the stadium running smoothly, you can see what goes on behind the scenes by taking a guided tour (check the stadium’s website for details).

Phoenix Zoo

After your walk through the gardens, head next door to the Phoenix Zoo. The zoo spans 125-acres and features numerous wildlife habitats. It’s a great place for the whole family to learn about a variety of animals, including 30 endangered species that the zoo helps protect. For an interactive experience, take the kids to the Red Barn petting zoo or giraffe encounter and get some face time with the animals. Also, check out the 25-minute narrated safari train tour, or sign up for one of the many fun, educational programs offered.

Top Experiences in Phoenix/Scottsdale

Hike Camelback Mountain

One of the highest, scenic, and most-challenging peaks in Phoenix, Camelback Mountain is a “must-climb” for hikers from around the world. The summit offers spectacular views of Phoenix and Scottsdale—and a feeling of accomplishment. Locals will tell you that this hike is best attempted earlier in the morning or closer to sunset. Take even more water than you think you’ll need.

See the Southwest’s Native American History

The Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix is one of the country's preeminent Native American museums. Featuring a permanent collection and rotating exhibits, you can view a variety of traditional artifacts, learn the history of Native Americans in the Southwest, and see contemporary artwork created by Native artisans. Take a guided tour to get the most out of your visit.

Take the Kids for a Day of Play

Let the kids burn off all that vacation energy with more than 300 play experiences across three floors and more than 48,000 square feet of fun at the Children's Museum of Phoenix. The museum offers a range of exhibits suitable for kids up to age 10, including a miniature market, noodle forest, a child-sized café, fort-building area, and so much more!

Pet Friendly Places

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Great for Groups

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Beach Breaks

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Escape to sun, sand, and surf.

Golf Getaways

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Make tee time your only responsibility.

Adventure Vacations

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Relax, unwind, and let the outside in.

Ski Vacations

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