Hotel & Travel

Airports

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Dubbed America's Friendliest Airport, Sky Harbor is the main airport for the Greater Phoenix area. Handling 1,200 aircrafts, 120,00 passengers and more than 800 tons of cargo each day, it is among the largest commercial airports in the United States.

Sky Harbor is located in the middle of Greater Phoenix, three miles southeast of downtown and within 20 miles of all of towns and cities. Convenient transportation to the airport comes by way of PHX Sky Train. This driverless people mover transports Valley Metro Light Rail passengers to the airport from the 44th Street/Washington Street station.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, located in southeast Mesa, is an international airport serving the Greater Phoenix area. The airport is owned and operated by the Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, and is a reliever airport for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Gateway Airport has convenient access to the Loop 202 Santan and US 60 freeways, allowing passengers to connect to the entire metro area.

Things to do

Visit the Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of arid plants from deserts all around the world in a unique outdoor setting. The Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on display throughout five thematic trails that illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants and people of the Sonoran Desert, and desert wildflowers.

Climb Camelback Mountain

As one of the highest peaks in Phoenix, Camelback Mountain is among the most scenic hiking spots in the city. Camelback's summit offers spectacular views of Phoenix and Scottsdale and can be reached from the 1.2-mile Echo Canyon Trail or the 1.5-mile Cholla Trail. Camelback Mountain is located in Echo Canyon Park halfway between Scottsdale (to the southeast) and the Phoenix Mountains Preserve (to the northwest). Trails are open from sunrise to sunset and entry is free.

Tour Chase Field

Even though you won’t be able to catch the Arizona Diamondbacks during the NICE Conference and Expo, you can still see the ballpark on a tour. Chase Field is located in Downtown Phoenix and tours are available three times a day, Monday through Saturday, for $7.

Check out the Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) displays more than 6,800 instruments from 200 countries. MIM also features instruments from music icons such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and many more. The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and adult general admission tickets are $20.

Hike in Sedona

The region boasts more than 100 different trails each offering its own unique experience. Popular trails include the Cathedral Rock Trail, Bell Rock Pathway, the Devil's Bridge Trail, Boynton Canyon and Palatki Ruins, which features several ancient Native American ruins and cave paintings.

Golf

Despite its desert surroundings, Phoenix is home to several hundred golf courses with difficulty levels ranging from beginner to expert. Popular golf courses include Arizona Biltmore Golf Club (Downtown Phoenix), Gold Canyon Golf Resort (The Valley), the Phoenician Golf Club (Camelback Mountain), and the Papago Golf Course (Papago Park).

Relax at a Spa

Alongside its luscious green golf courses, Phoenix is also known for its outstanding day and resort spas, like the Boulders Resort, Camelback Inn, Arizona Biltmore Spa, and Well & Being Spa in Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.