Phoenix is an exciting Southwestern city that serves as an oasis in the desert of Arizona. In summer you can enjoy the untamed surroundings—bask in the sun during the day, and enjoy all the great restaurants, nightlife and, of course, air conditioning in the evenings. It is a great place to enjoy miles of biking and hiking trails or just to experience the great outdoors in general. In the winter, Phoenix can also be an ideal escape with reasonable airfare and other travel deals, sunny weather, and lots to do for a weekend getaway or extended vacation. Looking for a place to stay? Click an area below for hotels in and around Phoenix or view all metropolitan Phoenix hotels.
If renting a bike or taking a hike isn’t your cup of tea, a hot air balloon ride over the Arizona landscape is a leisurely yet exhilarating way to enjoy Phoenix’s great outdoors. And when you're finished exploring the beautiful landscape, you can always come back into town and experience some of the unique culture Phoenix has to offer. The Heard Museum has an extensive collection of Native American art. Another interesting site is the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, which has staff members dressed in period costumes teaching visitors about pioneer life in an open-air museum. Phoenix is also home to the Wells Fargo Museum that features numerous displays explaining the history of this stagecoach company.
Golfers are in heaven when they visit Phoenix, as the city offers a large selection of lush green fairways that create a marked contrast with the surrounding arid environment. There are eight public golf courses offering beautiful views and optimum playing conditions at affordable rates. Or if you want to get a closer look at the plants that are indigenous to the region, you could always take a trip to the Desert Botanical Garden where you'll find 20,000 different varieties of desert foliage.
Phoenix offers a wide array of shopping opportunities as well. Biltmore Fashion Park promises marvelous outdoor shopping. Shoppers should also check out Kierland Commons, peruse the boutiques in downtown Phoenix, or find some hidden gems in 7th Avenue’s vintage home and garden shops.
When the desert sun gives way to evening, you’ll probably want to get a bite to eat. Pizzeria Bianco in downtown Phoenix offers fire-roasted artisan pizzas in the setting of a charming brick building that includes a full bar. There are a number of hot new restaurants on the scene as well, including Southwestern restaurants like the all-natural Quiessence just outside of Phoenix or the classic Sierra Bonita Grill named after the historic Sierra Bonita Ranch. Some of the trendier offerings include AZ88, Olive & Ivy and True Food. Or if you’re looking for fine dining, Durant’s and The Wrigley Mansion will satisfy your taste for the finer things.
If you’re looking for nightlife, Phoenix will not disappoint. Many late-night partiers head out to the bars and clubs in Scottsdale, but Central Phoenix has plenty of its own hot spots. Merc Bar is a dimly lit, swanky lounge that is a great place to enjoy mellow drinks and conversation in style. Postino Wine Café offers a beautiful indoor and outdoor space that is perfect for enjoying fresh light fares on summer nights. Another indoor and outdoor bar is The Vig, which offers bocce ball, live bands and fire pits. No matter where you choose to explore, you’re sure to find a comfortable, convenient, and affordable hotel in Phoenix at any of our Phoenix Extended Stay Hotels locations.