When you’re trying to figure out where to go for spring break (or just a general getaway), you might initially think of places like Miami or LA. But between the two, you’ll find another solid option, where the sun is always shining and there’s plenty to do. The Phoenix metro area is home to museums, restaurants, bars, and sports galore— all enough to keep you plenty busy during a short vacation. The capital of Arizona is surrounded by cacti and good vibes, and you’ll want to get in on them. But if you need more convincing, read on for some solid reasons to make it your next destination. But first, a few logistics:
How To Get There
Fly into the modestly-sized Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, or drive into the metro area via the I-17, I-10, and I-40 highways.
Where To Stay
The Phoenix metro area is relatively large, and while you might think you need to stay within central Phoenix, there are plenty of other areas worth checking out (and checking into). Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort is an excellent choice, just a short drive from downtown Phoenix, and even closer to charming Old Scottsdale — a mecca for boutique shopping, dining, and art galleries. For a fun, modern boutique-style stay, you can’t go wrong with the Clarendon Hotel and Spa in the downtown area. If your budget is a little tighter, try seeking out 3-star chains in the Glendale, Tempe, and Mesa areas.
Phoenix has a 35 station Light Rail you can use to get around from northern Phoenix, past the airport and all the way to eastern Mesa. Uber and Lyft are both available here, though expect somewhat longer waits than other metropolitan areas as shared rides are not available. Some hotels, like the Embassy Suites Scottsdale, also offer shuttle rides within a set number of miles.