Phoenix and the surrounding area is a beautiful metropolis in the Sonoran Desert. If you are planning a trip to the Valley of the Sun, there is a plethora of activities, eateries and sites to check out. Whether you are seeking adventure or relaxation, there is something for everyone in Phoenix and the surrounding areas.

Must Sees

Because there is so much to see and do, picking your itinerary can be daunting and depends on what you are drawn to personally. If you are a nature lover, check out Papago Park, the iconic red rocks and desert botanical garden are a must see. If you are both outdoorsy and adventurous, hiking Camelback Mountain is an experience you won’t want to miss. The hike can be a challenge, but it is well worth the bragging rights. If you are more interested in something in the artistic vein, participate in an art walk in Roosevelt Row or take in a performance at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. Looking for some old west style souvenirs? You won’t want to pass up the opportunity to shop in Old Town Scottsdale for everything from boots to moccasins to jewelry and old fashioned candy. If you just want to relax, enjoy a day of spa treatments and lounging by the pool at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa or the spa at the pristine Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort.

Tours

There are numerous Phoenix tours available to travelers with varying budgets and needs. If you are looking for something outdoorsy, there are ATV and 4 wheeler desert tours ranging from 2-3 hours. If the budget is not a concern, try a full-day tour by air to Monument Valley to see the incredible scenery of Tonto National Forest, Sedona, the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell. If you are searching for something a little more laid back, hot air balloon rides are highly recommended.

Food tours and pub crawls should be a must on your Phoenix tours wish list. Scottsdale in particular offers highly rated tasting tours, pub crawls and even a walking chocolate tour! If you are interested in a particularly original tour experience, check out the Arizona Party Bike tour. Also known as the pedal pub, you can enjoy beer and wine, music and lights while pedaling around Phoenix, Scottsdale or Tempe.

Casago Vacation Rentals

When planning your trip to Arizona’s capital, one of the most important choices you’ll make is the vacation rental property you choose. Because Phoenix is the 5th largest city in the United States, with some of the most affordable real estate, you can get some amazing deals. For example, on the website for Signature Vacation Rentals, you can find the Admiral’s House, a 3 bedroom home in the McCormick Ranch area of Scottsdale. This property has a modern yet comfortable feel starting at $112 per night. Arroyo Madera 120 is a very budget friendly option starting around $63 per night. This townhome has 2 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths and despite it’s affordable rental rate, it is just a short drive to Desert Ridge and Old Town Scottsdale. Luxurious and located in the Villages at Camelback Mountain, a guard gated community, the property dubbed Camelback Mountain Townhome offers high end finishes and easy access to Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician Golf Resort, Old Town Scottsdale and more. If budget is your top priority when picking your vacation rental, you can find multiple rental options as low as $33 per night and many additional options under $60 per night.