What to see in Phoenix

Phoenix Attractions

Phoenix shimmers in the heat of the biologically unique Sonoran desert in central Arizona. For decades people have chosen to travel to Phoenix for the sunshine, and found a modern metropolis with a thriving tourist district, an art neighbourhood packed with galleries, and a number of fascinating natural and historical attractions. The city offers some good sightseeing and a great restaurant scene, but most travellers use Phoenix primarily as a travel hub for excursions into the glorious desert landscapes on the city's doorstep.

Within the city, popular tourist sights include the Heard Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Children's Museum, St Mary's Basilica, the Musical Instrument Museum, and Taliesin West, the former home and school of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Travellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to excursions out of Phoenix: Camelback Mountain, South Mountain Park, Piestewa Peak, and many other scenic spots lure hikers and photographers just beyond the city. Many people choose to travel farther afield on a day trip to famous attractions like the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.

Golfers are very well catered for on a Phoenix holiday with scenic courses to take a swing at, and there are numerous spas and health resorts for those who enjoy pampering. Hikers enjoy excursions to the surrounding mountains.

Taliesin West

Taliesin West was legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school from 1937 until he died in 1959, aged 91. Today the facility can be visited as the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation with…

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Desert Botanical Garden

If you don't particularly like cacti before your visit, there is a good chance you'll fall in love with them by the time you leave. These Desert Botanical Gardens get high ratings not only for the…

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Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is home to America's finest collection of Native American art, making this an essential attraction for visitors looking to gain an understanding of the West's original inhabitants.…

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Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

Located surprisingly close to downtown Phoenix, the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park is the site of the remains of a 1,500-year-old Hohokam village. The site is a National Historic Landmark…

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