Phoenix

The Dryftwell Guide to

Phoenix

Introduction

Capturing the golden shine of the desert, Phoenix holds diversity, history, culture and perspective of different lifestyles. This city is popular among tourists because of its all-year pool weather, parks, nature, architecture, etc. If you want to have a delightful time enjoying some outdoor activities, museums, hotels, pool, etc. with your family or friends, then you should put this up in your travel bucket list.

In this guide to Phoenix, you'll know about the best seasons to visit this charming city. Also, to give a comprehensive understanding of Phoenix's culture, most prevalent neighbourhoods and getting around particulars have been covered in detail.

When to go

November to April is regarded as the best time to visit Phoenix, Arizona because the weather is not too extreme in these months. In this guide to Phoenix, learn about different seasons and the activities happening during these spells in the following. 

Winter 

January and February bring the winter breeze in Phoenix; however, the sky mostly remains clear. The average temperature around this season is 43 F; therefore, it is most pleasant during the daytime. If you want to participate in outdoor events and activities, Los Noches Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo are the best options. In this guide to Phoenix, we recommend you to Arizona Snowball and OdySea Aquarium to enjoy the trip to its fullest. Also, if you are interested in taking part in physical activities, you can go hiking and Rock and Roll Marathon. Overall, it is a great time to see the extravagant beauty of this place. 

Spring

The spring season in Phoenix starts in March and lasts till May. The weather condition is ideal during this season with an average temperature of 71 F. Therefore, people from long distances travel to Phoenix to enjoy the festivals like Cactus League Spring Training, McDowell Music Festival, and Scottish Culinary Festival. If you have an interest in music and want to enjoy the musical shows, you can buy a ticket to March Music Madness. Also, for sports lovers, there are plenty of live games and events happening. Overall, it is the most happening season of the year with many amusement possibilities; therefore, in this guide to Phoenix, we recommend you to visit Phoenix during this time.

Summer 

Phoenix summers are notorious because of the extreme heat of the desert. This season starts in the mid of May and lasts till October. Since the average temperature is around 96 F during the daytime, a very few tourists can be seen outside. As the significant areas usually remain less crowded, you can conveniently visit the places like Phoenix Zoo, Golfland Sunsplash, and Base and Meridian Wildlife Area. Also to cool off, you can enjoy bike rides of the city at night and hang out at Tempe Town Lake, Arizona Falls, and Scottsdale ArtWalk. Although it is not an ideal time to visit the city because of unbearable heat, you can still enjoy a lot of indoor and nighttime activities. 

Fall

September to December is the fall season in Phoenix with 70 F as the average temperature. Although Phoenix falls are quite different from other areas as trees and flowers do not turn rust, they still have quite a few captivating and appealing fall characteristics. During this time, you can visit the Butterfly Wonderland to see the wonders of nature. If you are interested in architecture, arts, and design, you can visit the Head Museum and Wonderspaces. If you are on a family vacation, we recommend you to spend quality family time at the Japanese Friendship Garden and Desert Botanical Garden in this guide to Phoenix, and if you still have some time and energy left, jump on the crazy Arizona hot air balloon tour.


Neighborhoods

Downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix is the hub of art, architecture, culture, and people. Therefore, it never fails to gather the attention of tourists and outsiders in general. You can visit the area if you love shopping and eating out as there are several shopping malls, restaurants, and mouth-watering street food places. Take a Grid Bike Art Tour and enjoy drinks by Rail. This region is also the centre of Phoenix nightlife as all the major sporting events, music concerts, and commercial theatres are arranged within the region. If you like to learn about the city's historical side and architectural scene, we recommend you visit the Phoenix Art Museum and Phoenix's hidden gems in this guide to Phoenix. You can also take self-guided art walks with your friends or family to get a taste of an area like a local. 

Roosevelt Row Arts District

If you want to see Phoenix's hippie and funky side, paying a visit to this neighbourhood of the city is a must. It is popular because of its live music, cafes, restaurants, and bar scenes; therefore, it is excellent to enjoy the nightlife. If you are interested in watching Indie Cinema, visit the local theatres to see the artistic filmography. Art lovers can also see different art galleries, craft and souvenir shops, and architectural workshops to check out Phoenix's tradition and heritage. Overall, it is a great place to be because of its chilled and relaxing vibe.

 Arcadia

Arcadia is the vibrant and eclectic region of Phoenix, popular because of its hiking trails, walk-able patches, and restaurants. Many tourists travel to this area because of its charming and soothing energy. Also, it is very famous because of its picturesque touch. In this guide to Phoenix, we recommend you to see Desert Botanical Garden and Papago Park. Also, if you are interested in learning about the native architecture, you can visit Taliesin West and the Heard Museum.


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Transportation

The best way to get around in Phoenix is by car as the city is based on a grid pattern making it difficult to commute across long distances on public transportation. The complete details regarding travelling are given below. 

Driving/Parking

If you want to see distant attractions and all the city's major spots, using your personal car or renting a car are the best options. Although there can be traffic sometimes, depending upon the season and time of the day, it is pretty easy to roam around in general. The average parking rate is $9 per day, which is pretty affordable, and parking spots are also convenient to find, making it ideal for car lovers. 

Public Transit

Phoenix has a pretty normal public transportation system with Valley Metro Rail and Buses as the primary travelling source. This way of travelling is pretty economical and covers 28 miles of major regions in the city, but they are only preferred for short distances because of slow travel time. You can use Shuttle service to see the popular areas and monuments of Phoenix. Although most of them are free, you will need to follow a schedule to catch them. For easy travelling on the go, we recommend using a taxi, Uber, or Lyft cab service in this guide to Phoenix. 

Biking/Walking

Biking is not a popular trend in Phoenix; however, some concrete and paved roads are particular for biking. There are a few bike-sharing programs such as Grid Bike Share that you can use for easy short travelling. You can visit the famous locations on two wheels and visit the downtown area and main tourism sites on foot too.