Phoenix Tourism

Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States and is the capital of the state of Arizona. A whopping 4.3 million people call this city their home.

Historically, the unforgiving, arid desert land was made arable by the Hohokam peoples who lived in the area for more than 2,000 years. They abandoned the area in the 1400s after a series of droughts and floods. The area became a part of the New Mexico Territory after the end of Maxican-American War in 1848.

The city earned its name after a confederate veteran of the civil war Jack Swilling saw a potential for agriculture. Lord Darrell Duppa suggested the name Phoenix to mean a ‘city born from the ruins of another civilisation’. The town was officially recognised in 1868. The city has gained popularity as a tourist destination because of its exotic location in the middle of Sonoran Desert. Keep your sunblock handy when travelling to Phoenix!

Mountain lions, bobcats, rattlesnakes, jaguars, coyotes, roadrunners and many other desert dwelling animals and birds can sometimes be found within Phoenix boundaries. The economy depended on agriculture and the meat industry in the past but as expanded exponentially since then and now includes industries like real estate, tourism, financial services, construction and many others.

The city has also grown to become a hub for arts and culture with numerous performing arts venues and museums in and around the city like the famous Phoenix Symphony Hall and the Heard Museum which celebrates Native American Culture.

It’s a beautiful urban jungle to visit boasting of many scenic views and experiences and an exotic desert setting that you won’t forget.

Essential travel information and Phoenix tips for your visit

  • Wear lots of sunblock and carry an umbrella for protection against strong UV rays. It’s a good idea to carry a water bottle with you.
  • Do not drink under the influence of alcohol because Phoenix has harsh laws against it and it’s generally very dangerous! If you do not heed this warning, mandatory jail time waits for you along with some heavy fines.
  • Drivers may be aggressive on freeways.
  • Many bus stops in Phoenix do not have canopies. During the summers, waiting for a bus can be punishing. Avoid heat strokes and rent a car during peak summers.
  • Certain areas of South Phoenix may be unsafe. Be on your guard. Also, deserted areas are best avoided at night, even in the suburbs.
  • Running red lights is more common in this city than in any other part of the U.S. Use caution while crossing turns. Also, speeding tickets are issued aggressively.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Phoenix

  • Save 7% Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip
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  • Save 7% Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Tour From Phoenix
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  • Save 7% Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Morning Ride
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    A morning hot-air balloon ride over Phoenix is an exhilarating experience. After your flight, enjoy a gourmet champagne break...

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    Just north of Phoenix, enjoy a 45-minute hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert. Once you arrive, watch as your balloon...

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  • If you are travelling to phoenix arizona during the month of December is a winter coat required

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      December is the coldest month overall for Phoenix with daily highs averaging 66.5 °F (19.2 °C) and lows of 44.4 °F (6.9 °C). It is advisable to carry a winter coat while traveling in Phoenix Arizona.

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  • Know the pollution level of Phoenix before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 59.75 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 52.45 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.39 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 43.14 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.28 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 48.21 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 44.71 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Phoenix for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Phoenix.

    • Burglary and Theft 59.17 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 55 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 44.54 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 48.58 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.65 (High)
    • Attacks 42.98 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 68.33 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 70.28 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 34.17 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.89 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 33.52 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 63.35 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Phoenix is 157.32 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 46.17 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 53.76 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 60.97 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.57 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 65.99 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 66.43 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.75 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 140.07 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Phoenix

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.25 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 74.08 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.84 USD

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