Here’s a city in which the sun shines for 300 days a year, making for a destination where the weather rarely spoils the fun. As a winter holiday destination, Phoenix has obvious appeal; daily maximum temperatures of around 73ºF help to draw those looking to escape chilly winters elsewhere.

The city is surrounded by magnificent desert scenery which undoubtedly constitutes one of its greatest natural appeals. Combine this with theme parks, museums, zoos and a plethora of outdoor activity options, and it’s not difficult to see why Phoenix is something of a tourist magnet.

Phoenix attractions

Tempe Town Lake: interesting wildlife and opportunities for outdoor activity such as biking and kayaking are at the heart of this location’s appeal.

Phoenix Zoo: creatures from climate’s similarly arid to Phoenix are the main focus of the collection here, with a magnificent rainforest exhibit being a welcome exception to the rule.

Cave Creek: is a quaint valley town that captures the essence of the old Wild West with its traditional saloons and steakhouses. A museum and a theme park complete the picture.

Desert Botanical Garden: 50 acres of garden-land are home to over 21,000 plants, among which are 139 rare and endangered species

Arizona Center: take respite from the summer heat in an air-conditioned environment which offers shops, cinemas, bars and restaurants.

Arizona Science Center: fundamental aspects of science are taught via fun, interactive and hands-on exhibits.

Phoenix Art Museum: get a first-hand viewing of pieces by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and Rufino Tamayo.