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Phoenix & Central Arizona

Bustling Metropolis to Wild West

If you’re looking for a cosmopolitan center where warm sunshine and cool culture collide, Central Arizona is your playground. With the Phoenix area at its heart – including cities from Chandler, in the southeast, to Peoria, in the northwest – Central Arizona is a haven of relaxing resorts and award-winning golf, restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

But Central Arizona has more to offer than the big city – like hiking trails and casinos near Fountain Hills and Fort McDowell, arboretums and botanical gardens and even dude ranches. Learn more about Central Arizona’s top destinations below: 

Most Popular Destinations

  • Phoenix
    Big-league sporting events, renowned museums and plenty of trails for biking and hiking are just the beginning in Phoenix, Arizona’s capital city and the heart of a metropolitan area of more than 4 million people. With a skyscraper-filled skyline complemented by famed Camelback Mountain, Phoenix offers the perfect balance of urban energy and Southwestern scenery. Learn more about Phoenix, Arizona vacations >> 
  • Scottsdale
    If you’re looking for a vacation spot that’s as much cowboy as it is couture, you’re in luck in Scottsdale. This scenic desert city is home to posh resorts and spas, dozens of golf courses, and great shopping and dining – but it’s also where you’ll find plenty of Old West charm and Southwestern art and jewelry. Learn more about visiting Scottsdale, Arizona >> 
  • Tempe
    Arizona State University may be Tempe’s claim to fame, but there’s plenty going on in this friendly city just south of Phoenix. Boating on Tempe Town Lake, nightlife on Mill Avenue and performances at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium are just a few of our favorite Tempe temptations. Learn more about visiting Tempe, Arizona >>
  • Mesa
    Arizona's third-largest city, Mesa, combines urban amenities with outdoor activities to provide visitors with the best of both worlds, including golf resorts, rugged recreation areas and a wealth of museums and attractions. Get to Mesa faster by flying direct through the new Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.. Learn more about visiting Mesa, Arizona >>
  • Wickenburg
    City slickers are welcome in this Western enclave – but prepare to get your hands dirty and your boots dusty. Located around 60 miles northwest of Phoenix, Wickenburg feels a million miles away from the bustle of the city. Known for its working ranches – where visitors can ride, camp and work with real ranch hands – you’ll fall in love with the friendly folk and campfire fun here. Learn more about Wickenburg, Arizona >>
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