Destination guide

Experience Phoenix from vacation home rentals

Situated in Arizona's Valley of the Sun and serving as the state capital, Phoenix is known for its perfect year-round weather—assuming, of course, that your vision of perfect weather includes hot and sunny. Spend your day at 1 of the luxury spas in the area, or out on 1 of the many stunning golf courses. It doesn't matter how you fill your time, because when the weather is this ideal, time in your Phoenix vacation rental will move just a little bit slower than it does anywhere else on earth.

History

Historic attractions near Phoenix vacation homes

History buffs will love the numerous historic sites in Phoenix. Vacation homes are available near places like the Heard Museum, a museum showcasing Native American culture with artwork and artifacts, and the Pueblo Grande Museum, a pre-Columbian trail with preserved remains of the Hohokam. You could also visit the Scottsdale Museum of the West, a western-history museum with paintings, crafts, artifacts, and events.

Things to do

Attractions near Phoenix vacation homes

Phoenix is full of museums well worth exploring, from the Phoenix Zoo to the Arizona Science Center to the Children's Museum of Phoenix, which features interactive and engaging exhibits for kids. Travelers looking for a more traditional experience will enjoy the Phoenix Art Museum or the Musical Instrument Museum, or even a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden. This spot is known for its ornate displays of cacti and other native plants, so you can plan to impress your travel buddies with your newfound knowledge back at your Phoenix vacation rental.

Activities

What to do near Phoenix vacation homes

Thanks to the consistently nice weather, outdoor activities are king in Phoenix, whether it's hiking, biking, or golfing. Hit the trails at Piestewa Peak or Camelback Mountain, and if you feel daring enough, pay respects to the The Praying Monk rock formation. Take a hot air balloon ride for views from above, or stay grounded and hit a few rounds of golf at 1 of the upscale courses nearby. Cap it all off with an afternoon of shopping or an evening of drinks downtown, or sneak away for some adults-only time at the spa.

Weather

Climate for your trip to Phoenix vacation homes

Arizona boasts hot weather for most of the year, with temps in the 90s and 100s from late spring through early fall. Low humidity keeps things bearable, but travelers averse to intense heat may be happier in November through March, when the mercury drops to the 60s and 70s. With an average of only 8 inches of rain and 36 wet days per year, Phoenix is a fabulous winter sun destination. Spring and autumn bring pleasant days with cooler nights, so consider a Phoenix vacation rental in April or October.

Natural features

Stick to downtown if you prefer avoiding rattlesnakes

Nestled in the Salt River Valley in south central Arizona, Phoenix is largely comprised of flat, desert terrain. It's set against the dramatic backdrop of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, which includes the summits of both Piestewa Peak and Camelback Mountain. The preserve offers an easy escape from the city, as do the lakes and the Superstition Mountains bordering Phoenix to the east. These areas also offer visitors the promise of getting up close and personal with local wildlife, including tortoises and rattlesnakes. Hikers and bikers, beware!

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Phoenix

Fly into Phoenix, AZ (PHX-Sky Harbor Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Scottsdale, AZ (SCF), which is 15.1 mi (24.2 km) away.

It's easy to get around Phoenix by catching a ride on the metro at Jefferson Street - 1st Ave Station, Washington - Central Station or Van Buren - 1st Ave Station.

Food and drink

Unique cuisine in Phoenix

Phoenix is known for its craft brews, food trucks, and blend of Southwestern and Native American cuisine, all of which give it a unique culinary taste of its own. Margaritas, menudo, Navajo tacos, fry bread, chimichangas, and cheese crisps are just a view of the must-try foods you can find in eateries near your vacation rental.

Where to stay around Phoenix?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 7,668 vacation rentals near Phoenix. From 3,473 Houses to 2,696 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Phoenix for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Phoenix?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Phoenix:

  • Paradise Valley Village: 3,774 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Phoenix: 493 vacation rentals
  • Anthem: 110 vacation rentals
  • Camelback East: 3,311 vacation rentals
  • Desert Ridge: 742 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Phoenix?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Phoenix. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Arizona Science Center: 6,797 vacation rentals
  • Chase Field: 6,794 vacation rentals
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital: 6,557 vacation rentals
  • Phoenix Convention Center and Venues: 6,797 vacation rentals
  • Desert Ridge Marketplace: 6,486 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Phoenix listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Phoenix?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,473 Houses in Phoenix. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Phoenix include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,696 rentals available
  • Villas: 197 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 63 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Phoenix?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5,966 vacation rentals with pool available in Phoenix. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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