A sparkling metropolis with a sunny personality, Phoenix, AZ is a wonderful place for a relaxing desert vacation. Without a doubt, the perpetually warm weather is one of Phoenix's greatest assets. Lounging by a pool and sipping on lemonade is one of the best ways to enjoy your time in Phoenix, a city that seems made for rest and recreation. The largest city in the Southwest, Phoenix offers every imaginable luxury as well, from world-class spas to fine dining restaurants.
In addition to cosmopolitan Phoenix's myriad pleasures, the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert is one of the best backdrops for adventure sports in the country. In the greater Phoenix area, you can hit the trail for some great hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and horseback riding. Phoenix is also a major golfing destination, with dozens of highly rated courses.
Located just a few hours north of the Mexican border, Phoenix prides itself on the delicious Mexican food served throughout the city, characterized by thick flour tortillas, melted cheese, and tasty cuts of grilled meat. In addition to Mexican and Tex-Mex, Phoenix offers a range of eateries and cuisines from Thai cafes to diners to sushi joints. For kids, there are plenty of amusement parks, water-slides, and family-friendly destinations in town, including the large Phoenix Zoo and the Children's Museum.
Here are a few additional suggestions of things to do in Phoenix:
-Arizona Museum of Natural History: This interesting museum chronicles the region's history from the prehistoric era to the present day.
-Desert Botanical Garden: There are more than 50,000 plants in Phoenix's expansive outdoor botanical gardens.
-Heard Museum: A highlight of the Phoenix experience, this unique space showcases Native American art, textiles, jewelry, and other craft, with guided tours available.
-Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park: A National Historic Landmark, this incredible Hohokam ruin is more than 1500 years old. The site includes two full-scale reproductions of Hohokam houses.
-Heritage Square: It is hard to believe that Phoenix was once a small Victorian settlement; however, you can see the undeniable evidence for yourself in the historic Heritage Square, where shops, restaurants, and museums are housed in lovely 19th century buildings.
-Burton Barr Public Library: Phoenix's 280,000-square foot central public library is a unique architectural achievement and a highlight of the city.
The first thing to do when planning your trip to Phoenix is to look for a comfortable vacation rental. If you want to enjoy the good life, seek out a luxurious rental home with a private pool, or rent a posh desert villa in one of the city's lovely residential neighborhoods. Alternatively, an apartment rental or condo in the city center provides an exciting cosmopolitan atmosphere, with many of the amenities you'd find in a top hotel.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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