Get a taste of the Wild West with a trip to Phoenix's hilly desert Papago Park or see Native American art at the Heard Museum. Relax at the end of a busy day of sightseeing with a massage at one of Phoenix's many spas. On a return visit, you can go hiking in the Phoenix Mountains.
As you fly into Phoenix you'll see a sprawl of twinkling lights surrounded by spectacular desert scenery and towering mountain ranges. A haven in the Arizona desert, Phoenix is home to some of America's best spas. The city centre is modern and cosmopolitan with numerous art galleries and museums as well as manicured gardens and golf courses. As you head out of the city, the wilderness of the desert takes over. If you like hiking you'll love the trails of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Explore the 46-mile Apache Trail or just watch the sun set over the 'Valley of the Sun' from South Mountain Park.
Stroll around the grounds of the exotic Papago Park and its beautiful Desert Botanical Garden. Then head east to explore Scottsdale's innovative art galleries. View Native American art at Phoenix's Heard Museum. Then wind down at the end of the day with a pampering massage at the luxury Arizona Biltmore Spa.
Join hikers on the trail up to 2608-foot-high Piestewa Peak in the Phoenix Mountains. This is one of the region's most popular hikes and worth the effort for the panoramic views of Phoenix. See desert life at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, home to colourful desert plants and 250 species of birds. Or if you're a keen golfer, compete on the world-class courses in Apache Junction.
Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport transports around 42 million passengers a year through its three terminals. Situated three miles east from Phoenix, a taxi ride downtown takes just 1015 minutes.