A super-sized city at the heart of the desert, Phoenix brings capital-city vibes to a mirage-like atmosphere, something especially easy to see if you’ve got the right hotel to stay near all the action. Book a room close to the Valley Metro Rail to do just that, home to over 35 light rail stations sprawled across 25 miles of urban landscape, or stay close to your outbound flight by choosing one of many airport hotels along East Van Buren Street, located just north of Sky Harbor International Airport and offering round-trip shuttles perfect for business travelers on a budget. Speaking of business, those heading to downtown Phoenix Convention Center should get to know the corner of 3rd & Monroe for how to have fun afterward. Do so with a private vehicle rental, going with a quaint sedan for all-day explorations or sticking with a local personal driver for basic tips on where to have fun.
Look forward to all there is to do by starting with the obvious, getting lost in the countless succulents and indoor exotics at the Desert Botanical Garden, afterward complimenting the western with a bit of eastern at the traditional designs that make up the Japanese Friendship Garden. Take a break from the scorching heat with a visit to Heard Museum as well, taking in thousands of artifacts, crafts, and sculptures devoted to the local Native American-cowboy culture. Keep the good vibes going at South Mountain Park, home to over 16,000 acres of trails, high views from Dobbins Lookout, and the fascinating rooms hidden within Mystery Castle. Top the evening off with a classic local bite, going to University Drive for a no-frills sit-down at Little Miss BBQ or going with a full experience at the historic church interior of Taco Guild Gastropub. America's Best