About Phoenix

by SmarterTravel Staff
Lookout Mountain Golf Club, Arizona (Photo: Michael Mertz, Pointe Hilton Resorts, Greater Phoenix Convention and Vistors Bureau)

Phoenix, Arizona, is the fifth-largest city in the country by population and has a realm of outdoor activities to enjoy, from hiking and biking to golf and sightseeing. With more than 300 days of sunshine, those who like to get outside and be on the go have plenty of opportunities in Phoenix.

The city of Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world, South Mountain Park and Preserve, which is composed of more than 16,500 acres with miles of trails to hike, bike, or ride horses. Golf is a common activity, whether you play on the more than 200 courses or watch the professionals at events like the FBR Open. Golfers aren't the only pros in town—the Suns, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Coyotes, Mecury, Rattlers, and Sting all call Phoenix home.


The Phoenix Zoo, which has over 200 endangered or threatened animals, is a popular attraction during the day, while the flashlight tour of the world's largest collection of desert plants at the Desert Botanical Garden is a great nighttime event available from June through August.

To beat the heat, head indoors at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park, where the Hohokam village ruins are located, highlighting the Southwest's ancient past. The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum honors more recent history with displays of rocks from the moon landing and a 206 pound meteorite fragment. Fine arts are well-represented at the Phoenix Art Museum, with works by Monet, O'Keeffe, and Kahlo in the collection.

The Phoenix airport sees more than 40 million passengers each year, so finding flights to Phoenix should be simple from most cities.

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