Plan a Weekend Trip to Phoenix, Arizona

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This post is originally posted by Lori on April 1, 2017 on Travel Moments In Time.

Arizona’s capital, Phoenix, is the sixth largest city in the United States. There is plenty to do here, so make sure you plan your weekend trip to Phoenix in advance to make the most of your time. Choose a hotel in Phoenix that’s close to the things you want to visit, and enjoy your trip! To help you better plan your visit, listed below are a few attractions to include on your weekend getaway.

Heard Museum

Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

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Founded in 1929, the Heard Museum is dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures. It is a perfect museum for both history buffs and art aficionados. Here you will find traditional and contemporary Native American art, including jewelry, textiles, pottery, kachina dolls, and more. The museum organizes many festivals and houses temporary exhibits, so make sure to stay near the Heard Museum and get there early to see as much as possible.

Symphony Hall

The Phoenix Symphony Hall was completed in 1972 and was renovated in 2004. It is home to the Phoenix Symphony, the Arizona Opera, and Ballet Arizona and hosts events from September to May. It’s also a famous events venue for other shows, seminars, and performances. If you don’t have time to take part in an event here but you find yourself booking a hotel in the area, then take a moment to admire its exterior at least.

Orpheum Theater

If you are in downtown Phoenix, then you can’t miss the Orpheum Theater. Completed in 1929, this theater has a complex history and has had many owners through the years. Now it is not only a great place to enjoy a play, but it is also a beautiful building and a fine example of the Spanish Revival style of Spanish Baroque architecture.

Chase Field

Opened in 1998, Chase Field is a multipurpose facility built to accommodate the games of Arizona’s first Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The field also hosts football, soccer, and basketball games, too. It is a huge place that’s divided into six levels. It also has a swimming pool. If you stay near Chase Field but you don’t want to watch a game, then you should at least consider a tour of the field.

Papago Park

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Designated a Phoenix Point of Pride, Papago Park is a great place for outdoor lovers. All types of travelers will find something to do here, and you will definitely enjoy the view. The geological formations and desert vegetation will be an interesting discovery. In addition to this, you may want to plan a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden located here. This is a wonderful place to discover desert plants and to enjoy the cactus garden.

Phoenix can be a great destination for a weekend trip. Its attractions, from interesting museums to parks and iconic buildings, make it great for solo travelers, couples, and families. Make an itinerary before your weekend trip to Phoenix to maximize your time here!

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Exploring Nature in the Valley of the Sun

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Spread across the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix Mountain Preserve is home to mountains, valleys, and desert trails, which provide great hiking, biking, and outdoor experiences. While downtown Phoenix is a bustling area with exciting nightlife, restaurants, sports arenas, and art galleries, there are many activities you can enjoy in the Valley of the Sun. Hotels near downtown Phoenix are convenient accommodation options for tourists, as many of the desert trails are directly accessible from central Phoenix.

Desert Botanical Garden – Learn About the Desert

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Situated in Papago Park, Desert Botanical Garden exhibits an impressive collection of desert flora. The sprawling garden comprises five thematic trails. The garden hosts various outdoor activity programs to educate visitors about the ecology of the desert.

The Desert Wildflower Trail, which includes Monarch Butterfly Exhibit, is best visited in spring. The Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail offers a wider spectrum of desert life by showcasing the lifestyle of the native tribal communities and how they use plants for food, medication, and home construction. In April, the evenings are jazzed up with concerts and ballet performances against the backdrop of stunning desert landscapes.

Phoenix Zoo – Encounter the Wild

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The Phoenix Zoo, the home to nearly 1,200 animals, is the place to learn about the region’s wildlife. The zoo provides shelter for several endangered species. You can catch a glimpse of them when you trek along the specially designed areas in the zoo, such as the Enchanted Forest and Monkey Village. From feeding giraffes to playing with stingrays, you can join interactive tours or stop by the 4-D theater to keep busy throughout the day.

Camelback Mountain – Hikers’ Haven

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Only a 20-minute drive from downtown Phoenix, Camelback Mountain awaits adventure seekers with moderate to difficult hiking trails. As you hike or climb its red sandstone cliffs, you’ll come across a variety of animals along the way. Camelback’s highest point offers a 360-degree view of Phoenix.

Although hiking to the top of the mountain is quite challenging and is recommended for advanced hikers only, the view from the top is rewarding. Beginners can try The Praying Monk rock formation for climbing or Cholla Trailhead for hiking.

The Sonoran Desert – Explore Nature

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The desert is home to several unique North American species of plants and animals. Monsoon rain twice a year is the secret behind the immense biodiversity of this region. The desert is the playground for jaguars, gila monsters, jackrabbits, and big horn sheep.

From a day-long hike to a multi-day backpacking trip, from camping to rock climbing in the desert, there are options galore for travelers. As you roam around, you’ll come across the native Indian communities that have lived in the desert for thousands of years. Go for a Jeep safari or a hot air balloon ride if you aren’t a hiker.

Grand Canyon and Sedona – Soak In the Views

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This is a must-see when you are in Phoenix. Arrange day trips to Grand Canyon National Park and explore Arizona’s unique natural wonders, including the Painted Desert and the Little Colorado River Gorge. The road through the desert is lined with giant saguaro cacti that can be 50 feet tall. Stop in the picturesque town of Sedona or at the historic sites of the Navajo Nation. The Jeep will take you up along the Oak Creek Canyon. Soak in the views of the pine forests and San Francisco peak from a height of 6,000 feet.

As you can see, Phoenix has a long list of attractions when it comes to exploring nature. South Mountain Park, North Mountain Preserve, and Shaw Butte are treasure troves of aboriginal flora and fauna. The Valley’s diverse landscapes beckon intrepid travelers for exciting experiences. The best time to visit Phoenix is spring, as cacti are in full bloom. Since November through April is high season here, expect highest rates for hotels and accommodation during this time.

Flagstaff’s Boutique Stays – Promise for an Extraordinary Vacation in Arizona

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Flagstaff, a small, peaceful city in northern Arizona, has no dearth of hotels and accommodation for all budgets. The city experiences an influx of tourists almost year-round as it serves as the gateway to the famous Grand Canyon and Painted Desert. If you wish for a memorable vacation in Arizona, below are some of Flagstaff’s top boutique stays to consider while you shortlist hotels before booking.

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Canyon Inn Flagstaff Arizona

Canyon Inn Flagstaff is a budget-friendly hotel conveniently located near North Arizona University. It ensures quick access to some of Arizona’s top tourist attractions and recreation centers such as Sunset Crater, Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park, and Snowbowl Ski Resort. Hotel amenities like car parking, wireless internet, local and long distance calls, and continental breakfast are offered free of charge at  Canyon Inn Flagstaff Arizona. The hotel’s air-conditioned rooms feature queen beds, cable TV, rollaway beds and baby cribs. You can also have microwave, refrigerator, and iron with ironing board on request.

Highland Country Inn

Highland Country Inn is another value for money hotel offering comfortable, modern accommodation in Flagstaff. Complimentary amenities including breakfast, car parking, Wi-Fi internet access, and local calls will help you save money on vacation. The hotel’s standard rooms come with one king bed, cable television, direct dial phone, and laundry service. Its convenient position ensures easy access to popular local eateries, museums, historic landmarks, and tourist attractions. Moreover, Highland Country Inn  is a pet-friendly hotel charging a little extra per night for your furry friends.

Wyndham Flagstaff

Wyndham Flagstaff Resort is a perfect place for an idyllic vacation.  Spacious and nicely furnished guest rooms have large beds, separate sitting area, wireless internet, bathroom with bathtub, washer-cum-dryer, private balcony, and a well-equipped kitchen. In addition, an array of upscale amenities including outdoor Jacuzzi, fitness center, and fine dining restaurant are on site to make sure you experience the best of leisure time in this sprawling resort in the lap of the mountain.  Kids can have fun at the resort’s mini golf course and children’s pool.

Little America Flagstaff

Set in the middle of Arizona’s famous Ponderosa Pine forest, Little America Flagstaff  promises a peaceful, relaxing escape in the lap of nature. The hotel houses upscale accommodations, restaurants, heated outdoor pool, and a fitness club. Services include travel desk, concierge, garage service, and room service. Pastel shades, carpet flooring, and deluxe furnishings creates a relaxing ambience in the air-conditioned guest rooms while soft beds, a mini refrigerator, a coffee maker, and an LED television with satellite channels are there to make sure you enjoy all the comfort of home.

Hotel Aspen InnSuites Flagstaff/Grand Canyon

While Flagstaff’s historic downtown is a couple of miles from Hotel Aspen InnSuites Flagstaff/Grand Canyon, top tourist attractions such as Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, and Oak Creek Canyon are a short drive from the hotel. The hotel’s swanky suites and studio rooms are equipped with plush queen beds with pillow-top mattresses, cable TV, Wi-Fi internet access, fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. Start your day with free buffet breakfast and enjoy walk along the scenic Urban Trail System near the hotel.