In the heart of Arizona, the twin cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale offer a taste of true Western life and some of America's best resort hotels. There's also world-class golfing, large shopping malls, incredible museums, countless hiking trails, incredible museums and more.
Phoenix may be America's fifth largest city, but it still has cowboys, red-rock buttes and the kind of cacti most people see only in cartoons. It is the heart of the Sonoran Desert and the gorgeous scenery certainly sets it apart from other cosmopolitan cities. In addition to its natural beauty, it has big-city offerings too, such as outstanding theatre, shopping, dining and museums.
Iconic Camelback Mountain is a popular urban hiking spot in Phoenix and the reward for your climb is wonderful views over the city. Other attractions include the 50-acre Desert Botanical Garden; the immersive exhibits of the Heard Museum where the tradition, culture and history of regional American Indian tribes converge; Phoenix Art Museum and the Roosevelt Row arts district.
Scottsdale has been described as the desert version of Miami's South Beach, making it a perfect destination for those seeking sunshine and sophistication out west. Along with the striking desert backdrop there's a bustling downtown area with high-end shops and world-class restaurants, numerous spas, superb golf courses and numerous hiking trails, particularly at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Scottsdale's rich history is still visible within the fascinating Old Town. Colourful souvenir shops, Western wear boutiques and stores filled with beautiful Native American jewellery sit happily side-by-side. Delve further into the past at the Scottsdale Historical Museum; wander around the Arts District; check out the Fifth Avenue shops or head to Fashion Square, the largest shopping destination in the Southwest. Alternatively, the sun-drenched patio restaurants and boutique shops of the Scottsdale Waterfront and SouthBridge districts are the places to see and be seen.
Tucson and its surrounding areas are rich with a deep-rooted history and a culture grown from a unique landscape. Explore untouched corners of the vast Sonoran Desert filled with spectacular cacti including the giant saguaro; get lost within the painted walls of historic barrios; play a round on a championship golf course; or discover your inner cowboy with a horse ride or ranch stay. Visit nearby Bisbee and turn back the clock to a time when the Old West reigned supreme, or Tombstone, home of the famed gunfight at the OK Corral.
The famed art colony of Sedona with its world-renowned red hued canyons are sure to leave quite an impression. Sedona's quaint downtown is worth exploring, or you may prefer to indulge at world-class spa resort or head to nearby Oak Creek Canyon for some fabulous outdoor pursuits.
The attractive city of Flagstaff is surrounded by national forests and sits at the foot of Arizona's highest mountain, Humphrey's Peak, which provides a wonderful backdrop. The city has Route 66 as its main street and offers year-round activities, whilst also within easy reach of the Grand Canyon.
The turquoise waters and numerous side canyons of Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are another popular attraction in the West. Excursions to Rainbow Bridge National Monument are popular, or you can hire all manner of watercraft and enjoy the waters under your own steam.
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GMT -7 hours.
The flying time from the UK to Phoenix is about 10 hours 30 minutes. Scottsdale is 25 minutes drive from Phoenix, while Tucson is about 2 hours drive.
Winter weather brings mild sunny days and clear brisk nights while spring is warm and sunny, so perfect for outdoor activities. Early summer (May-June) brings an abundance of daytime sunshine, balmy evenings, low humidity and little to no rain, while July-mid September sees higher temperatures and humidity with a chance of a cooling afternoon thunderstorm. Autumn boasts warm days followed by refreshingly cool evenings.
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Travel by 4WD to the canyon, where you’ll walk to the canyon base and onwards for a quarter of a mile through the canyon. A real up close and personal view. Available from Page.
Join a local Navajo guide to learn about the amazing Monument Valley Tribal Park. Stop and gaze at the panorama where John Wayne and countless other figures of the southwest have left their mark. Available from Monument Valley.
An incredible evening of stargazing with professional astronomers within the International Dark Sky Community of Sedona and Big Park. A wonderful experience. Available from Sedona.
Explore the fascinating history of Tombstone as you are guided through its historic streets and alleys and learn about larger than life characters such as Wyatt Earp. Visit the old gambling saloons, watering holes, brothels and cemetery. Available from Phoenix.