Phoenix lies in the heart of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun, leaving its mark as the state’s economic and cultural hub. Whether you hope to taste some of the best Southwestern and Mexican grub in the States, immerse yourself in museums and performing arts, discover nearby Scottsdale or explore the rugged desert landscape, Phoenix and its surrounds won’t disappoint.


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Temperatures are most comfortable between November and April, with highs ranging from the 60s (F) to low 80s (F). Things start to heat up in May, and temperatures peak between June and August, when the average highs are over 100 F.


Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa. 
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available. 
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccinationproof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. For the latest health safety guidelines, as well as info on what’s currently open, check out Visit Arizona.


Getting Here: Phoenix is served by Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), as well as the smaller Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA). 
Getting Around: If you plan to take excursions outside downtown Phoenix, a car rental is your best bet for convenience. Buses and light-rail trains, operated by Valley Metro, run throughout the region. Ride shares and taxis are also available, as are bike shares.


Local Lingo: Learn a few local slang words before you go. The 10: How locals refer to main thoroughfare, Interstate 10. Swamp Box: Air conditioner. Haboob: Massive, seasonal dust storms. Sonoran Dogs: Bacon-wrapped hot dogs that are grilled, topped with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes and condiments, and served on a bolillo-style bun. Raspados: Snow cones.
Must-Have Apps: UberGrid BikesAllTrails
Insider Tips: There’s no shortage of free things to do in Phoenix. Visit the Desert Botanical Garden the second Tuesday of the month when entrance is free. You’ll find miles of hiking trails and outdoor art installations to fill an entire day.