A Guide To Phoenix In A Weekend

A Guide To Phoenix In A Weekend

When To Go Phoenix In A Weekend

Phoenix is one of those destinations where visiting any time of the year will make for a great getaway. If you’re a heat lover like me, visit between May – September to take advantage of the warm weather. Temperatures will range from 95-106 degrees. This makes for a great spa getaway with days spent lounging by the pool and evenings enjoying the city.  The advantage Phoenix has over other warm destination is, it’s a dry heat so temperatures are much easier to handle. Add to the fact that everywhere you go will have air conditioning, in even in hottest months you can find comfort.

If heat is not your thing, consider a visit during the winter or spring. Temperatures are much cooler (between 70-80 degrees) and you’ll have the best of both worlds. Weather warm enough to lounge around the pool and cool enough that people who are heat sensitive won’t be completely miserable. Phoenix In A Weekend

How to Get There Phoenix In A Weekend

FLY

If you live further than California, flying is your best option. Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is the closest airport for access to Phoenix. Several major airlines including American, Southwest, JetBlue and Spirt service PHX which means accessing it from almost anywhere in the world in easy.

DRIVE

If you’re coming from California, Phoenix is a short six-hour drive. I’m not a fan of long road trips however this drive was short enough for even me to handle, I even did it solo. If you’re doing the drive in the summer months I highly recommend a car with air conditioning that can handle the heat. I have a newer car but was looking to upgrade to something more luxurious for my getaway so I chose to rent from Six Rental Car.

Phoenix In A Weekend

If you’ve never rented from Sixt Rental Cars, you’ve got to give them a try. They offer high-end luxury car rentals for a few bucks more than what you would pay for a standard rental at other rental companies. For my getaway, I partnered with Sixt and hit the road in a Mercedes C Class. It was a major upgrade from the car I normally drive so I couldn’t have asked for a better car for this trip. The Mercedes C-Class was large enough so that I was comfortable but small enough to not kill me on gas. I also had a fun time playing with all the features along the way.

Read my full review of Sixt Rental Car and the Mercedes C-Class

Ground Transportation Phoenix In A Weekend

Getting around Phoenix without a car is easy due to its expansive bus and rail system. The cost for the bus/light rail is $2 per ride or $4 for an all-day pass. The city also has bike share program that allows you to rent bikes for as little as $7 per hour. If you don’t mind the heat and the exercise, I found this to be a fun way to see the city, especially downtown.

Where To Say

For Art Lovers: The FoundRe Hotel
1100 N Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
foundrehotels.com

If staying downtown is important to you and you’re an art lover, I highly recommend the FoundRe Hotel. Situated less than 2 blocks from popular Roosevelt Art District this hotel is a part art gallery part hotel. I stayed here during my stay in the city and was completely blown away by the design of this hotel.

*Read my full review of the FoundRe Hotel

For Luxury: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
royalpalmshotel.com

If relaxation is the goal, a visit to the Royal Palms Resort and Spa is a must. The Royal Palms features beautiful Mediterranean-inspired rooms with custom designed hand-carved furniture. Room amenities include in-room wifi, a mini-bar, coffee and tea services, plush robes and the finest toiletries and linens. Guest staying at the resort have access to a 24-hour fitness center, daily use of the Alvadora Spa and beautiful outdoor pool. The resort also features poolside cabana rentals, a poolside cafe and is pet-friendly.

Where To Eat Phoenix In A Weekend

I’m a major foodie so my trip to Phoenix involved more eating than anything else. After gathering recommendations from my hotel, the tourism board, friends and my go-to, Yelp, I tried the following places and was beyond happy with every single one of my choices.

The Mission (Old Town)

Best Tacos in Scottsdale

Okay, this one might be cheating but the food was so good, there was no way I was leaving it off the list. The Mission is actually located in Scottsdale (a 20-minute drive from Phoenix) and when I say they are amazing, I’m dead serious. They have the best tacos I have had in my life so if you can work it into your trip, it’s a must!

*Read all about why these are the BEST tacos in Scottsdale, AZ.

The Mission Old Town
3815 N Brown Ave
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
themissionaz.com

What To Do Phoenix In A Weekend

First Friday On Roosevelt Row

First Fridays in Phoenix

Roosevelt Row’s Arts District (often called RoRo) is the place to be on the first Friday of the month! That’s when this walkable, central hub of art and culture in downtown Phoenix comes to life. Take in the art, performances, and award-winning food in one of the nation’s largest art walks. It’s a great option for families, ladies’ nights, or date nights. And it’s free, so you can’t lose! (But you don’t have to take my word for it; Roosevelt was recently called one of the Top 10 Art Districts in the US by USA Today.) Considering checking out First Friday’s? Read my post for the inside scoop.

The Phoenix Museum of Art

Phoenix is BIG on art, so you can’t come to Phoenix without spending at least a few hours at the Phoenix Museum of Art. I’ll admit, I know nothing about art however with some help from the docents, I left with a wealth of knowledge and a new found respect for art in general. If you’re in the Phoenix area be sure to stop in, you won’t regret it. Still not convinced? Here are Five Reason Why You Should Visit The Phoenix Museum of Art

The Phoenix Museum of Art
1625 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.phxart.org

Rosson House

Calling all Phoenix-area parents! If you’re looking for something fun and educational to do with your kids, a visit to the Rosson House Museum is in order! The kids will be transported back in time with a tour of this fully-restored, 1895, Queen Anne Victorian house. They’ll get a glimpse of life in Phoenix during that era, as docents lead them through the museum. (I got a kick out of watching my daughter’s reaction to seeing how people lived back then, so our visit was just as entertaining for me as it was interesting.) Jump back in time with me and discover the Rosson House

The Rosson House
113 N 6th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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42 Comments

  1. robin rue
    July 27, 2017 / 4:18 am

    I have never been to phoenix, but I have always wanted to go. It sounds like such a cool place to visit.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:30 am

      It is really cool.

  2. July 27, 2017 / 5:03 am

    I have always wanted to visit Pheonix! It’s on my America’s cities bucket list! It’s harder to plan a trip since we live on the East Coast, but one year, we’re going to do it!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:29 am

      It is harder, but not impossible. Thanks for reading!

  3. candy
    July 27, 2017 / 5:06 am

    The Rosson House would be first on our list of things to visit. Have to get out and do some hiking and see the area. We would have to fly live to far to drive in a weekend.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:27 am

      Hope you’ll enjoy it!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:23 am

      It is really nice place for a spa!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:20 am

      Yes, the museum is really nice.

  4. July 27, 2017 / 6:24 am

    Phoenix is very beautiful area to visit. Winter is most definitely more pleasant than the summer. I have not been to any of these places and I have been the Phoenix quite a number of times. It looks like I need another trip back.
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    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:19 am

      Yes, it’s really hot in summer there.

  5. July 27, 2017 / 7:03 am

    We have never been to any part of Arizona yet but that’s on our bucket list. This year, we will be trying to explore Nevada.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:17 am

      Have a great time!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:16 am

      It really has a lot to offer.

  6. July 27, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Looks like a great place to visit. I have never been there, but these places make me want to someday.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:14 am

      It truly is great place.

  7. July 27, 2017 / 10:27 am

    I have never been to Phoenix, and you make it look so good! Maybe i’ll plan a trip.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:11 am

      Yeah, I really liked it.

  8. July 27, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I have heard great things about Phoenix and intend to visit one day because I have friends who live there. Thanks for the recommendations on where to eat and stay!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:06 am

      Thank you for visiting our blog!

  9. July 27, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I feel like I’m close enough to drive since I live near Texas, but I know its still far. I have never been to Phoenix and am not sure if I’m not to.
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    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:06 am

      It’s good if you like adventures.

  10. July 27, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I’ve never gotten past the airport at Phoenix. Might just have to check out one of the amazing spas in the area, relaxation is calling my name!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:04 am

      Have a great time there!

  11. Pam
    July 27, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    It sounds like there is a lot to do in Phoenix. I have never been but I would love to see it one day.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:03 am

      I hope you will!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:02 am

      True, their food is amazing!

  12. kelly reci
    July 28, 2017 / 12:07 am

    i really to go here someday! it was really nice place!

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:01 am

      Yes, it really is.

  13. Our Family World
    July 28, 2017 / 2:32 am

    Thanks for posting this guide. Its been years since I have been to Phoenix! I love the FoundRe Hotel. You get to do two things at once. Stay in a nice hotel and appreciate the art work around you.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:01 am

      Thank you for reading!

  14. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen
    July 28, 2017 / 3:49 am

    It’s been so long since I’ve been to Phoenix. This makes me want to go back and see how much has changed.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 1:00 am

      Yes, it has changed a lot.

  15. July 28, 2017 / 5:09 am

    A trip to Phoenix driving that beautiful car from the folks at Six Rental Car would be first on my list, I do love to drive. Thanks for sharing all these great places to go in Phoenix.

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 12:59 am

      Thank you for visiting our blog!

  16. July 29, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Phoenix looks like a great place to visit and would totally love to rent a nice car like that on my travels.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 12:50 pm

      You definitely should try it!

  17. needa
    July 29, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    I am not sure! where is this place? but beautiful for a relaxing holidays

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      It is beautiful.

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