The capital of Arizona and the fifth-largest city in the United States, Phoenix is famous for its cacti-studded deserts, rocky red mountains and over 200 landscaped golf courses.
Phoenix is home to plenty of parks where you can explore the rugged terrain and take in the natural beauty of the 'Valley of the Sun'. One of the largest urban parks in the world, the South Mountain Park and Preserve offers sweeping vistas and miles of trails for hiking, horse riding and biking. For more desert panoramas and outdoor activities, head to Papago Park, featuring tranquil oases, desert wildlife and the native saguaro cactus. This recreational haven is also home to the intriguing Hole-in-the-Wall rock formation, Phoenix Zoo and the sprawling Desert Botanical Garden, featuring thousands of plants amidst red rock buttes. If you’re after a more challenging hike, try scaling the Camelback Mountain for 360-degree views of the dramatic landscape.
Phoenix has a lot in store for lovers of art, architecture and culture. The Musical Instrument Museum is the only one of its kind in the world, boasting over 8,000 musical instruments spanning 200 countries. Alternatively, you can admire classical and contemporary works from around the globe at Phoenix Art Museum or visit the Heard Museum for an introduction to the country’s Native American roots. Architecture aficionados should check out Taliesin West – the UNESCO-listed winter home of celebrated architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The futuristic structure of the Phoenix Convention Center is also worth taking a look at.