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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.

When To Go

With an arid, dry climate, Phoenix sees warm weather year-round. The most popular times to visit are the spring and winter, when the weather is pleasant and a variety of sporting events take place. The fall brings low prices and comfortable weather. Because of rising temperatures, the summer sees the fewest visitors. Many people, however, take trips to the high country in Northern Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, while visiting Phoenix in the summer.

high season: December to March
low season: June to September
shoulder season: April to May, October to November

Weather Information

Phoenix experiences seasons typical for a desert climate, with annual temperatures averaging a high of 85 degrees and a low of 59 degrees. Once the sun sets, temperatures drop quickly, especially in the spring, fall, and winter. The most favorable times to visit are in the spring and fall. Spring brings mild weather, with temperatures averaging a high of 85 degrees and a low of around 58. The fall sees pleasant weather as well, with an average high of 88 degrees and an average low of 63 degrees. The summers tend to be hot and dry, with high temperatures reaching above 100 degrees and low temperatures hovering around 81. The city undergoes a monsoon season from June 15 to September 30 that causes sporadic showers and humidity. During the winter, temperatures drop to an average high of 69 and an average low of 46.

Crowd Information

With a sprawling landscape, Phoenix rarely feels overcrowded. Many of the surrounding cities attract visitors to the greater Phoenix area by hosting large sporting events, such as the Fiesta Bowl, the Insight Bowl, and the PGA Tour with the FBR Open at the beginning of the year. Cactus League spring training in March brings 12 Major League Baseball teams and big crowds to the city. On the first Friday of each month, more than 10,000 visitors browse art galleries and art-friendly businesses for the First Friday Art Walks.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

The summer is the least expensive time to visit, and vacation packages for hotels, resorts, and car rentals are available. Many hotels and resorts may reduce their prices from June through early September. Prices are the most expensive from December through March because of an increase in demand. During the summer, golf enthusiasts can receive big discounts at some of the 200 courses in the area.

Information provided by the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau