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Phoenix is the capital of the state of Arizona as well as the most populous city in the American Southwest and sixth largest city in the United States. Founded in 1871, it has become the region’s primary political, cultural, economic, and transportation center. At an elevation of 1100 ft (335 m), it is situated in the biologically unique Sonoran Desert. Over time it has merged with the neighboring cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Peoria, Mesa, Chandler, and Gilbert to form the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Currently exurbs such as Apache Junction, Fountain Hills, Queen Creek, and Sun City are becoming part of this metropolitan area as well. Phoenix is extremely hot in the summertime, so always have sun screen with you!



This area spans approximately two to three square miles, with main arteries running along Central Avenue and Washington/Jefferson Streets respectively. Three out of the five tallest skyscrapers in Arizona are in Downtown Phoenix.


There are a handful of officially recognized and protected historic neighborhoods and a variety of cultural, performance, and sporting venues in this area of town.

West Phoenix

Includes Maryvale and Estrella, this area has seen its better days and is suffering urban decline. However, a highlight in the area includes the Cricket Pavilion which is a great place to see a concert.
North Phoenix

Includes Deer Valley, Desert View, North Mountain, North Gateway, Norterra/Happy Valley, and New Village. The Phoenix Mountains are located here and offer a plethora of hiking and outdoor activities.

Camelback East

A very upscale area of town which contains the famous Biltmore Hotel, Papago Park, the Phoenix Zoo, and world class resorts. The surrounding area is also known to feature expensive office space, upscale stores, and luxury homes.

Southwest Phoenix

This area is home to Southwest Mountain Regional Park, the largest municipal park in the country. However, the neighborhood at it’s base is fairly run-down and many sections are not safe. Laveen is a semi-rural area that is nonetheless seeing increasing development.


An upscale neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona bordered on the north by Southwest Mountain Regional Park, on the east by I-10 and the cities of Chandler and Tempe.


Why would anybody want to start a city in the middle of a desert? The answer is, surprisingly, agriculture. The Salt and Verde Rivers of central Arizona were exploited for large-scale agriculture by Native Americans as early as the 11th century. The area that now encompasses Phoenix was a center of the Hohokam culture, which built large canal systems and a network of towns and villages, whose remains may be viewed in the city to this day. White settlers discovered the remnants of the Hohokam culture in the 19th century. The city’s name reflects its history as a city “reborn from the ashes” of the previous settlement.

European-American settlement of the area commenced in the 1860s, and in 1911 the completion of the first of several large reservoirs in the mountains north and east of Phoenix insured its success as a center for irrigation-based agriculture. Many tens of thousands of acres were planted in citrus and cotton and other crops, and for many years, intensive, year-round irrigated agriculture formed the basis of the economy. Recent years are seeing a revival, and trendy hotels, bars, shops and restaurants are making it a place to be again.

Mild and sunny winter weather also ensured a thriving tourism industry, and encouraged many Easterners and Midwesterners to relocate to Phoenix. High-tech industry began to flourish after World War II, and since that time the growth of Phoenix has been explosive. As a result, a population of just over 100,000 in 1950 has given way to a 2006 estimate of 1,512,986 (with the metro area estimated at 4,039,182)

  • Phoenix has a hot desert climate, typical for the southwestern part of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert. The city is known worldwide for its very hot summers, scarce precipitation and abundant sunshine, being the sunniest city on the planet with over 85% of daylight hours being sunny every year.
  • Winter: Winters in Phoenix are relatively mild when compared to most of the United States with highs that often reach and surpass 70˚F (21˚C). However don’t be fooled; the fact that Phoenix is located in the middle of a desert valley means that there is a large diurnal temperature variation which results in cool to cold nights between 40-50˚F (5-10˚C). There are a few days with lows around the mid-30s (3˚C) and the peripheral portions of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area do see frost sometimes (areas closer to the downtown are affected by the urban heat island effect thus making temperatures below 32˚F (0˚C) a very rare occurrence). Snow is also an extremely rare phenomenon having happened only 8 times since 1898.
  • Spring: Spring is pleasantly warm during its earliest phases (March until early April) with highs around 75˚F (25˚C). However at the beginning of April the first 90+˚F (32+˚C) days occur with the first 100˚F (38˚C) reading usually seen in mid to late May which is virtually part of summer
  • Summer: Phoenix’s summers are notorious around the country for their extreme heat with the city having the hottest average high temperature in the US. Daytime highs almost always surpass 100˚F (38˚C) from late May to late September and can occasionally reach even 110˚F (43˚C). The all-time record high of the city is 122˚F (50˚C). While it’s commonly referred to by the residents as dry heat (meaning that because there is little to no humidity it’s tolerable unlike the muggy weather of other major southwestern cities like Houston or Miami), it can still be a shock to first-time visitors. Unfortunately, due to the city’s buildings, pavements and roads trapping the warmth and releasing it through the night, lows frequently remain above 80˚F (27˚C) (although it may feel like heaven after day of being baked in the sun). Learn more about how to protect yourself and loved ones from the heat in the “Stay Safe” section. Phoenix is also affected by the North American Monsoon in July and August which, when active, raises humidity levels and can cause heavy localized precipitation, flash floods, hail, destructive winds, and dust storms-which can rise to the level of a haboob in some years.
  • Autumn: Autumn is a short transitional season. September is virtually considered a part of summer with temperatures still rising above 100˚F (38˚C) while October can still be hot with many 90+˚F (32+˚C) readings. Novembers bears many similarities to March with cool nights and warm, sunny days.


English is the dominant language in Phoenix. However, like much of the Southwest with a large Hispanic population, Spanish is very widely spoken in Phoenix. Spanish is a language often used for day-to-day discourse in many places, although English is the language of preference, especially when dealing with businesses and government. It is considered polite or welcomed if you speak Spanish in Hispanic places of business or parts of town where Spanish is spoken more often. However, if you’re not sure it is best to simply start with English. Don’t assume that someone speaks Spanish based on their appearance as Arizona is a diverse state with a complex history. Arizona is home to a diverse range of Native American tribes with members of all living in Phoenix, most of whom speak English fluently.

Get in

By plane

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (IATA: PHX) +1 602 275-4958 is the main air gateway to Arizona. It is in East Phoenix 3 mi (5 km) from downtown. It is a hub for American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Terminals are numbered from 2-4. There is no Terminal 1.

  • Terminal 2: Alaska, Great Lakes, Spirit, United
  • Terminal 3: Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Sun Country
  • Terminal 4: Aeroméxico, Air Canada, American, British Airways, Southwest, Volaris, WestJet
  • Valley Metro Bus -#13 goes from the airport to 75th Ave & Buckeye along Buckeye. Get off at Buckeye & Central Ave (transfer to the #0 bus going north on Central to downtown). Likewise there’s a free PHX Sky Train going from Terminal 4 to the 44th St & Washington Light Rail station for the light rail or #1 bus to downtown.

There is also an airport shuttle bus going out to a remote car rental terminal (west of the I-10/17 junction) from the airline terminals too. (recommended if possible).

Both Phoenix Sky Harbor and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airports are serviced by Skoot Airport Shuttle, which is a low-cost shuttle company that will get you to or from the airport to anywhere in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Alternative Airports
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IATA: AZA) +1 480 988-7600 is located east of Phoenix, in neighboring Mesa. It is served mainly by Allegiant Air. Currently, this is a smaller-sized airport, but is in the process of being redeveloped into a major regional airport.
  • Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (IATA: DVT) +1 623 869-0975, located just 15 mi (24 km) north of downtown, is the busiest general aviation airport in the U.S.
Private Aviation

The The Phoenix Metropolitan Area is home to some of the busiest general aviation fields in the United States, and there are more than 20 airports located within 50 nautical miles of Phoenix, AZ. Deer Valley Airport is the most popular choice for business jets; it’s also the busiest private airport in Arizona, and one of the most important business jet hubs in the country. Air charter companies including Valley Jet and Phoenix Jet Charter can arrange private flights with access to charetr planes based at all airports in the Phoenix-area. Other popular airports for private aviation include:

  • Scottsdale Airport (IATA: SCF; FAA LID: SDL) is located around 20 miles north in Scottsdale, AZ via US 51. It’s one of the busiest single-runway airports in the United States, and Signature Flight Support and Ross Aviation operate the two private terminals.
  • Glendale Municipal Airport (FAA LID: GEU) is located just west of the AZ-101 Loop and southwest of W Northern Ave, around 7 miles west of Glendale’s central business district in Maricopa County, AZ. Categorized as a general aviation reliever airport, and equipped with a single 7,150 foot runway to accommodate most size aircraft.
  • Phoenix Goodyear Airport (IATA: GYR), formerly known as Goodyear Municipal Airport, is located to the southwest in Goodyear, AZ, just southwest of I-10 and just west of the Agua Fria River. The airport is not served by any airlines, and is home to several aircraft maintenance and commercial pilot training companies. Lux Air operates the airport’s only FBO.
  • Falcon Field (IATA: MSC; FAA LID: FFZ) is located due east of Phoenix off the Red Mountain Freeway in Maricopa County, just 6 miles northeast of Mesa, AZ, who owns and operates the airport. Falcon Field is home to the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, the world’s largest flight school, and Boeing operates an AH-64 Apache helicopter factory adjacent to the airport.
  • Chandler Municipal Airport (FAA LID: CHD) is located just under 30 miles southwesteast of Phoenix via I-10S and AZ-202 Loop E (Santan Freeway) in Chandler, AZ. There are no airlines operating at CHD, and it is one of the 50 busiest general aviation airports in the United States, even though it’s runway limits operations to smaller aircraft and light business jets.
  • Buckeye Municipal Airport (IATA: BXK) is located 38 miles west of Phoenix via I-10 E in the city of Buckeye, AZ. There are no commercial services at this airport, which is categorized by the FAA as a general aviation facility.
By train

Due to a dispute among the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Union Pacific Railroad, and Amtrak, passenger train service to Phoenix has been discontinued. Amtrak passengers may disembark at Maricopa, Arizona (25 mi/40 km southwest of Phoenix) and arrange their own travel into the city. No regular shuttle service currently exists. (Alternative: they may disembark at Flagstaff instead and take a bus into Phoenix from there. The Maricopa-Phoenix route, which uses taxi services, takes about an hour but one likely has to wait for the taxi after calling; the Flagstaff-Phoenix route takes three hours.) (Another alternative: disembark in Tucson and take a Greyhound bus into Phoenix; the Greyhound station in Tucson is about 5-6 blocks west of the Amtrak depot.)

By car

Interstate 10 enters Phoenix from the southwest and west, and Interstate 17 comes in from the north. US Route 60 is also a major route into Phoenix from the east. Arizona State Route 87 comes in from the northeast from Payson.

By bus

Unfortunately, there is no central bus terminal nor are they located next to each other in the same area. Each company have their own stop(s) or station all over the city. Major operators include:

  • Amtrak sells tickets to and from Flagstaff and the town of Maricopa which is 60mi/100km southwest of Phoenix. They offer thruway bus service from the airport and Greyhound station in the Phoenix area ONLY to Flagstaff for connection to the Southwest Chief train. Passengers must arrange their own transportation to the Maricopa station for the Sunset Limited.
  • Greyhound, Autobus Americanos & Cruceros USA, 2115 E Buckeye Rd (SW corner of S 24th St & E Buckeye Rd just west of the airport), ☎ +1 602-689-4100.
  • Arizona Shuttle, At yellow ”’AZ City to City Shuttle Check-in”’ signs in arrivals area (Pick up at the airport arrivals curb at lower level), ☎ 800-888-2749. offers shuttle service between Phoenix Sky Harbor (Airport) and Tucson, [(Prescott)], Sedona & Flagstaff
  • Continental Transportation, 6113 N Reliance Dr, Tucson 85704 (Call to arrange pick-up), ☎ 520 904-0165. offers door to door private shuttle service between Sky Harbor and Tucson.
  • El Paso – Los Angeles Limousine Express, 1015 N 7th St (Middle of block along N 7th St between E Roosevelt & E Portland St on east side of 7th. Only one in or near downtown.), ☎ 602 254-4101. Goes to Los Angeles (Colton, El Monte, & E L.A.) via Indio in one direction and El Paso via Las Cruces in the other. Goes up to Las Vegas & N Las Vegas on another route.
  • Hoang Express, Lams Supermarket @ 6740 W Indian School Road (At NW corner of N 67th Ave & W Indian School). offers service to Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA; and San Diego. They have other stops in Tempe & Chandler as well. Check their website as to where your bus is picking up at.
  • Transportes Baldomero Corral, 3106 W Thomas Rd, ☎ +1 602 258-2445 or 258-2355. goes down Tucson and to several locations in Sonora and Sinaloa states in Mexico
  • Transportes Nena’s, 1422 N 35th Ave (N 35th Ave & W Willetta St in the Maryville neighborhood), ☎ +1 602 442-6802. runs shuttles between Phoenix and Puerto Penasco.
  • TUFESA, 1614 N 27th Ave (NW corner of W McDowell Rd & N 27th Ave), ☎ 602-415-9900. Offers bus service to/from various points in Mexico, California & Arizona.

Get around

Phoenix is a very car-centered city. With the notable exception of the Light Rail (useful if you are staying in the Tempe/downtown Phoenix corridor, with a stop at the airport) public transit is rubbish and unreliable but if you have no other recourse it is do-able. If you plan to stay or visit any of the cities on the periphery of the metro area, a rental car will likely be required. However, if you plan to stick to the Tempe-Downtown Phoenix area, the Light Rail is a viable option, with an all-day adult pass costing $4.00. Trains run every 12 minutes during peak periods and every 15 or 20 minutes during non-peak periods and weekends. The last train of the day starts its last trip of the day around 11:00PM on most days(finishing its run around 12:00) and 2:00AM on Fridays and Saturdays (finishing its run around 3:00AM). As DUI laws in Arizona are the strictest in the nation, its a good idea to take advantage of “the West’s latest running train” when frequenting the bars and clubs in Downtown Phoenix or on Mill Avenue for some weekend fun. Taxis are typically fairly easy to find in proximity to major Light-Rail stops and in popular areas, and will run you from $10-15 for a fairly local trip to well over $100 for a ride to a distant suburb.

The Light Rail is always a much cheaper option than a cab for traveling to central Phoenix or Tempe from the Airport (cabs charge a flat $15 to make the trip). Take the new Skytrain (free)from your terminal to the Sky Harbor stop. Note that the terminal 3 stop is not yet open so you will have to take a shuttle buss. A single ride pass is $2.

As a tourist, the bus line you are most likely to find useful is the 72 which directly connects downtown Tempe and downtown Scottsdale. It runs frequently throughout the day and can be caught from the Tempe transit center (Tempe->Scottsdale) or anywhere on Scottsdale Road (Scottsdale->Tempe).

Surface roads are usually easy to navigate. The area’s roads are designed around a grid system, where most roads are numbered based on their distance from the city center. Addresses also conform to the numbering of the roads around them. Nearly all streets run with the compass directions, and there’s a major thoroughfare every mile in each direction. the road running east & west as Washington St divides the addresses & streets from “North” & “Southwest” while the road going north & southwest as Central Ave divides the addresses & streets from “East” & “West”. The numbered streets running north and southwest are “Avenues” (such as N 7th Ave) west of Central Ave and “Streets” (such as N 7th St) are east of Central Ave. This also applies to the extended metro area, though addresses in some of the other cities OUTSIDE the Phoenix city limits like Tempe, Avondale, Goodyear, Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa have their own grid system within their own city limits and not based on downtown Phoenix or each other.

There is an extensive network of freeways, most built since 1987. Note: Heavy construction on some segments and interchanges continues. Check construction schedules and closures in the local media.

Drinking and driving is very heavily enforced in Phoenix, especially in Scottsdale and Tempe. Harsh DUI laws & police traps ensure you will most likely be pulled over during peak bar hours 11PM-2:30AM. Mandatory jail time and extremely heavy fines make drinking and driving a very unwise decision in Maricopa County.

  • Valley Metro. Extensive metropolitan bus system, and light rail line. The light rail line runs from north-central Phoenix, along the Central Ave. corridor, through downtown, past the airport, and to Tempe and Mesa. One-ride or all day passes may be purchased at varying prices depending on service and location; but generally range from $0.85 to $7.25, with the highest being an all-day pass purchased on an Express Bus.
  • Car rental is the most convenient form of transportation for visitors, with local companies offering better prices but national chains offering more convenience vis-a-vis return policies and times. At the airport the car rental companies have their own (shared) terminal at 1805 E Sky Harbor Circle. From the airport terminals there are shuttle buses going there & back. Sixt Car Hire
  • Car Hire In America the term “car hire” refers to hiring a driver & the car, an expensive proposition. For just the car you drive yourself it’s referred to as “car rental”. See above. Unlike most cities, in Phoenix you can get a sedan, SUV or even a limo to pick you up for about the same price as a cab. People do this if they’re staying put at a resort such as the Arizona Biltmore for their entire stay in the area and just need a ride there and back. Not economical if requiring to move around. Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are also available in Phoenix.


Individual listings can be found in Phoenix’s district articles

  • Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St, ☎ +1 602 716-2000. Science and Technology, along with a planetarium and IMAX theatre. Be sure to stop in and see one of the many renowned traveling exhibits that make a stop here.
  • Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, ☎ +1 480 941-1225. Plant life of the Sonoran Desert, and of arid lands around the world. Also includes many examples of ethnobotany, or how plants are used to survive in the desert. As a consequence of the many plants in this area there are also many desert animals such as lizards, birds, and occasional roadrunners.
  • Heard Museum, 2301 N Central Ave, ☎ +1 602 252-8848. World famous museum celebrating Native American cultures and arts, especially those of Arizona and New Mexico. Be sure to check out the amazing collection of Hopi Kachina dolls.
  • Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, 4619 E Washington St, ☎ +1 602 495-0901. M-Sa 9AM-4:45PM, Su 1PM-4:45PM. The U.S.’s only city-operated archaeological site, exploring and interpreting the pre-Columbian Hohokam civilization. Very fascinating look into the ancient inhabitants of the Phoenix area.
  • Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N Central Ave, ☎ +1 602 257-1222. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM (Th until 9PM). 16,000 artworks with an emphasis on American, Asian, Latin American, and modern and contemporary. Free on the first Friday evening of every month.
  • Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N 3rd Ave, ☎ +1 602 256-3204. Tu-Su 10AM-3PM. Japanese-style garden with koi pond and tea house. Closed in the summer due to heat.


  • Carnival of Illusion, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., ☎ +1 480 359-7469. The Carnival of Illusion Parlour Show presents national quality magic in an intimate setting at the Historic Arizona Biltmore Resort and is limited to 125 guests. The hosts are the National Recipients for Excellence in Magic and have performed as house entertainers at the world’s top resorts, for Fortune 100 CEOs, to the 200 Most Powerful Women in America.
  • Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak), 2701 E Squaw Peak Ln (enter off of Lincoln Dr, just west of S.R. 51). 5AM-11PM daily. Right in the middle of Phoenix lies Phoenix Mountains Park. The park offers a strenuous one to two hour hike to the top of Piestewa Peak (elevation 2,610 ft/795 m), offering fantastic 360° views of the city and its surrounding environment. Especially during the hot summer months (up to 110-115°F/43°C in the afternoon), use caution and bring lots of water and a hat. There is no shade and parts of the trail can be quite steep and rocky. The Park also has several picnic areas.
  • Camelback Mtn (Echo Canyon trail (2704ft elevation)), 5700 N Echo Canyon (Tatum Blvd (changes from 44th St)to Macdonald Dr). sunrise to sunset daily. Very popular hiking trail. 1.25mi & 1200ft elevation. If in good shape 45min up and 35min down. Go early as only 150 parking spots. Arrive at sunrise or after 10am. Nearest alternate parking, 1mi walk. Cholla Trail is alternate on East end (park on Invergorden). Not as pretty and required to park 1/2mi minimum from trail head.
  • Phoenix Symphony, 455 N 3rd St, ☎ +1 602-495-1999. The city’s classical and pops orchestra, presenting a 25-week season of concerts.
  • Arizona Opera, 4600 N 12th St, ☎ +1 602 266-7464. Presenting a season of five grand opera productions, with emphasis on Verdi, Puccini, and Mozart.
  • Arizona Theatre Company. Professional theater in downtown Phoenix’s Herberger theater complex.
  • Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St,Mesa, ☎ +1 480 644-6500. Visit the newly constructed and award winning MAC. Home of contemporary art displays and studios, as well as the Southwest Shakespeare Company and the Mesa Symphony Orchestra.
  • Desert Storm Hummer Tours, ☎ +1 866-374-8637. Since 1995, Desert Storm Hummer has specialized in Sonoran Desert adventures. If you are truly adventurous, experience the dark side of the desert. Night vision tours let you witness desert life after dark!
  • Sea Life Aquarium, 5000 Arizona Mills Circle (Arizona Mills, Tempe), ☎ 480-478-7600. M-Sa 10AM–9PM, Su 11AM–6PM. Features many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep with close views of everything from the humble starfish to tropical sharks, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats.
  • Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard Phoenix, AZ 85050 (Near AZ-51 and AZ-101 intersection), ☎ (480) 478-6000. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday – 9AM – 5PM Thursday and Friday – 9AM – 9PM Sunday – 10AM – 5PM. Fascinating place where you could easily spend several hours. Some distance outside of town – a car is needed to get there.
  • Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Ave (Corner of McDowell and Central Ave), ☎ 602-889-5286. 10AM – 5PM. Professional theatre in an intimate setting. Celebrating its 91st season in downtown Phoenix’s Art Museum complex. New Works Festival in July.
  • Bicycle Rental (Lime Bikes), scottsdale. download app, enter credit card info, locate a bicycle, and ride throughout area. Arizona canal through Scottsdale and Arcadia to OHSO at 48th St/Indian School. Also Scottsdale greenbelt, paved path parallel to Hayden from Tempe Town Lake to Macdonald. There are other bike rental programs, LimeBikes is the most affordable.
Professional Sports

Unfortunately professional sports events are pricing themselves out of the pocket of the average traveler. There are still $10 seats at the Diamondbacks games, not available until 2 hours before the game. Definitely not the best seats, but worth visiting the downtown Phoenix ballpark- which was built at a cost of $357 million in 1999.

Spring Training Cactus League is a great way to see Major League Baseball in a relaxed atmosphere. 15 teams prepare for the regular season at 10 stadiums across the valley. Teams typically report for their first workouts around the second week of February; games happen daily typically late February through late March.

The Arizona Fall League hosts some of the best young minor league baseball players receiving additional experience after their regular season ends. Played at spring training stadiums in Mesa, Scottsdale, Salt River, Peoria, Glendale, and Surprise. Considering the advanced level of baseball talent on display, tickets are a bargain at $8 per person, or $85 for a season pass which gives a fan access to every game. Early October to mid November.

University of Phoenix Stadium (home of the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals and the annual Fiesta Bowl college football game, among other events) is worth a visit. Originally designed to resemble a coiled snake, it looks more like a giant spaceship by the side of the Loop 101 freeway in Glendale. Built at the bargain price of $427 million in 2006.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks, 7th St and Jefferson, ☎ +1 602 514-8400. Take in a baseball game at the unique Chase Field (often called “The BOB”, from its former name of Bank One Ballpark). The home of the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, it has a capacity of 49,033, with a retractable roof, air conditioning, and a swimming pool available for rental. You can get really decent tickets for $12.50.
  • Phoenix Suns, 201 E Jefferson St, ☎ +1 800-4NBA-TIX. Very popular NBA team, formerly featuring all-stars such as Steve Nash and Charles Barkley.
  • Arizona Cardinals, 1 Cardinals Dr, Glendale, ☎ +1 623 433-7100. Check out one of the newer NFL stadium in the country, University of Phoenix Stadium, named by Business Week as one of the 10 “most impressive” sports facilities on the globe due to the combination of its retractable roof and roll-in natural grass field.
  • Arizona Coyotes, 9400 Maryland Ave, Glendale, ☎ +1 623 772-3800. NHL Hockey team. 2011-12 Pacific Division Champions.
  • Phoenix Mercury, 201 E Jefferson St. Very popular and frequently successful WNBA team. 2007, 2009, and 2014 WNBA champions.
  • Cactus League Spring Training Baseball, Phoenix and Surrounding Cities. Annually February – March the Phoenix Metropolitan Area hosts 15 Major League Baseball teams for their spring training activities and exhibition games. A great way to spend the afternoon on a beautiful Arizona Spring day.
  • Arizona Fall League, Mesa, Scottsdale, Salt River, Peoria, Glendale, and Surprise. Annually October – November. For die hard baseball fans wanting to see the next crop of major leaguers, as well as families looking for a day out at a reasonable price.
College sports
  • Arizona State Sun Devils, Tempe. The teams representing Arizona State University, competing in the Pacific-12 Conference alongside other major universities throughout the western third of the country. Most of the athletic facilities are on campus, with the best-known being Sun Devil Stadium (football) and Wells Fargo Arena (basketball). Tickets are often more affordable than those for professional sports.
  • First Fridays Artwalk, (Roosevelt between Central Avenue and Seventh Street). On the first Friday of every month, hundreds of local art galleries, venues, and shops open up free to the public. This local tradition has been going strong since 1994 and has become the largest art walk in the United States. A great place to see and be seen. (Note: parking at Burton Barr library for First Friday is forbidden, and parking is difficult to obtain nearby. Consider taking the light rail.)
  • Phoenix Film Festival, 7000 E Mayo Blvd, Scottsdale. The celebration takes place annually (April) in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. The festival began as a showcase for feature films made for under $1 million and short films made for under $50,000, however, it is quickly climbing its way into elite status in the film circuit due to its first class treatment of filmmakers.
  • Arizona Matsuri, Heritage and Science Park at 7th St/Monroe. Annual festival each spring in downtown Phoenix celebrating Japanese culture. Martial arts, taiko drumming, bonsai, cosplay, food, fashion, music, and more. edit
  • PF Changs Rock n’Roll Marathon, Rural and Rio Solado Pkwy (202 Fwy [E], Priest Exit[S], Rio Solado [W], Parking [2 mi]). Annual moving mass of humanity (17 Jan 2010) for the PF Changs Rock N’Roll half-marathon (23,000 in 2009), and marathon (6,500 in 2009). Bands at every mile. Big party in the evening of the marathon. Starts in Phoenix (Washington St/7th Ave) and weaves through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe to finish in the ASU athletic center. Pretty flat course, reasonable crowd support. Expo in Phoenix Convention Center, Monroe/3rd St.
  • Ironman Arizona, Tempe Beach Park, Rio Solado Pkwy. 18 Nov 2018; 7AM-9AM. Swim(2.4 mi)/Bike(112 mi)/Run(26.2 mi) same as Ironman in Kona Hawaii. Entry impossible to get unless sponsored by a charity, contestant in previous year, or part of race crew. Lots of opportunity to see contestants. Swim in Tempe Town Lake; bicycle on Beeline Hwy, Tempe to FountainHills (3 times); run around Tempe Town Lake and Southwest Scottsdale (2 times). 2017 winner Lionel Sanders 7:54:10 swim-0:51:33 bike-4:12.13 (26.4mph) run 2:46:16 (6:20min/mi) $725 (limited to 2800).
  • Fiesta Bowl, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ 99th Ave/Maryland. Jan 4, 2010, 6PM. One of the 4 big college football bowls. Played at the $430m University of Phoenix football stadium (looks like a giant spaceship with a retractable playing field). Parade on Saturday before bowl at 11AM start at Central Ave/Bethany Home in Phoenix is always quite spectacular and free.
  • Phoenix Open, TPC Scottsdale, Bell Rd. Jan 31 – Feb 3. Phoenix Open Golf tournament, draws a lot of big players. Big party atmosphere at the 16th hole. Lots of happenings in the evening at the Birds Nest. edit
  • Phoenix Outdoor Activities, “Phoenix, ☎ 888-205-7119. Large to small groups can enjoy vacation rentals and guided watercraft tours including; boats, jet skis, waverunners, houseboats, stand up paddle boards, wakeboards, water skis, other water toys, water sport lessons, and private tours at all Phoenix and surrounding area lakes.


  • Arizona State University. Located in the eastern suburb of Tempe, with three branch campuses around the Phoenix metro area, ASU is one of the largest public universities in the U.S. and is noted for its engineering, business, music, life sciences, and creative writing programs.
  • Maricopa Community Colleges. Largest system of community colleges in the United States, with 10 campuses in the metro Maricopa County area; numerous community and adult education programs.
  • Phoenix School of Law. New law school, relatively open admissions policy.
  • Thunderbird School of Global Management. World famous for being the first and oldest graduate school specializing in international management and global business. Ranked #1 in the world in its field.


Time-honored souvenirs from Phoenix are scorpion bolo ties and saguaro-cactus salt and pepper shakers. Look for them at various gift shops in Terminal 3 and 4 of Sky Harbor International Airport. These gift shops are also known to stock the ever-popular Cactus Candy and a wide variety of hot sauces.

Groceries and other basics

The major supermarket chains in Phoenix are Fry’s (which is owned by Kroger), Safeway, WinCo, Albertsons, and Bashas’. In addition the nation’s largest discount store chain, Walmart, has several stores in Phoenix most of which are also open 24 hours and some WinCo and Fry’s stores in Phoenix are also open 24 hours as well. In addition many specialty and organic supermarkets such as Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Trader Joe’s can also be found throughout the area.


Individual listings can be found in Phoenix’s district articles

For cheap eats, look out for many 24-hour Mexican food places such as Filiberto’s, Raliberto’s and other restaurants offer a burrito the size of your forearm for less than $4.

  • Mexican
  • Carolina’s. 4 locations, Peoria, Mesa, N Phoenix (Cave Creek/Cactus), Central Phoenix (12th St/Mojave). Excellent mexican food, friendly service, good prices, well prepared.


Individual listings can be found in Phoenix’s district articles

Phoenix as a metropolitan area offers a considerable amount of nightlife, though with the fact that the city is so spread out it can be difficult and dangerous to attempt traversing the city on a big night out. Generally, the nightlife is centered around the sub-cities of the metro area. Within Phoenix itself bars tend to cluster within the Uptown, Downtown, and Roosevelt areas, while Scottsdale offers a lively bar and club scene and Tempe is popular with students given the proximity to the University. and the city centers for Chandler and Glendale both offer some good options if you’re in the suburbs. Downtown Mesa lacks any appreciable nightlife given its strong ties to the Mormon church.


Individual listings can be found in Phoenix’s district articles

  • Hyatt Place Tempe/Phoenix Airport, 1413 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe AZ, 85281, ☎ (480) 804-9544. Hotel close to Phoenix Airport, in Tempe, near Arizona State University

The DigiMarCon Difference

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see why DigiMarCon stands out above the rest in the marketing industry
and why delegates keep returning year after year

Global Event Series

DigiMarCon is the Largest Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference & Exhibition series in the world, with annual events held in all continents (North America, Latin America, Europe, UK, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa) in 13 countries (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Singapore, India, United Arab Emirates and South Africa), across 33 cities (New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, New Orleans, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, Denver, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Honolulu, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Dubai, Sydney, Auckland, Singapore and Sao Paulo). All DigiMarCon Events can be attended in-person or online. Wherever you are located there is a regional DigiMarCon event nearby you can attend.

5-Star Luxury Event Venues

DigiMarCon Conferences are held in top luxury 5-star event venues across the world such as; Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships, Olympic Stadiums, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and Wynn, JW Marriott, Marriott Marquis, Hyatt Regency, InterContinental, The Westin, Renaissance, Hilton, Conrad, W, Sheraton, Loews and Sofitel Hotel properties. Discount hotel room rates at each venue hotel means no hassle getting to and from the venue each day.

Extensive & Memorable Networking Experiences

Building relationships matter! At DigiMarCon Conferences we have more networking breaks on our program than others. On average there are 8 Networking breaks at each event giving delegates ample opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere to meet others over the 2-days at the event; from 1-hour round table networking luncheons to 3-hour dinner receptions. These networking breaks are set in picturesque locations to facilitate memorable experiences while fostering new relationships. Such experiences include enjoying cocktails and the Sunset over the Pacific Ocean on a private Ocean Terrace in Santa Monica, to being on the Sydney Olympic Stadium playing arena at night enjoying cocktails under the lights, to dining at the 360 Revolving Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto for a Dinner Reception, enjoying cocktails on a private promenade overlooking Times Square in New York City, or having fun at the Dazzles Night Club onboard the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas for a Farewell Party, etc.

Industry Thought Leaders from Leading Brands

DigiMarCon Keynotes, Panels and Master Classes are facilitated by the foremost thought leaders in the industry, from celebrity social media influencers to CMO’s from the largest Fortune 500 company brands that are disrupting the digital marketing, media and advertising industry, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle, Adobe, eBay, Netflix and more. All presentations are pitch-free, and include actionable takeaways, case studies, strategies and tactics, ready to be applied when back in the office.

Premium Comfortable Meeting Spaces

At DigiMarCon Conferences you are never ‘left in the dark’…. literally, in a large room far away from the stage and speakers, crushed in tight theater seating, without even a table, while sitting in the dark. At DigiMarCon all delegates have premium meeting space in luxurious ballroom well-lit spaces, with comfortable seating with table enabling delegates to use their laptop to take notes with ample charging facilities onsite in a comfortable space to learn and thrive. All tables are situated close with direct view of the stage.

Value for Money & Generous Discounts

DigiMarCon Conferences are affordable to attend, from single-day event passes up to two-day VIP options at a fraction of the cost of other industry events. We offer significant discounts for early bird registrations. Additionally, on top of time-limited discount pass rates, because budgets are tight, we want to make sure all groups have a chance to attend DigiMarCon. For government employees, students, academic, startups, non-profit organizations and teams, we offer generous discounts off the prevailing registration price.

Collaborative Learning & Audience Participation

Attend DigiMarCon and you become part of the show! DigiMarCon Conferences tap into the talent of the room, drawing from the knowledge and experience of the professionals in the audience. All DigiMarCon events include regular interactive question and answer sessions with speakers and the audience ideal for collaboration, audience polls, along with ice-breaker and group exercises, steered by charismatic Emcees.

Meet the Speakers in Person

DigiMarCon Conferences put you right up and close with the speakers giving you the opportunity to meet these social media influencers which you follow in person. Speakers are never hidden in private speaker rooms away from the audience, they are in the auditorium sitting right beside you and participating.

Exceptional Customer Service

Attending a conference is a well-researched decision. There are many factors to consider such as location, time, venue, cost, speakers, content, etc. At DigiMarCon our results-obsessed Customer Service team are at your service before, during and after the event to help with your needs. It’s at the core of what we do — it drives our business. Offsite, we are ready to assist you via phone, ticket or chat. Onsite at our Conferences, friendly DigiMarCon staff serve as your hosts. They welcome your input and are happy to assist you.

TECHSPO Technology Expo

At all DigiMarCon Conferences is the co-located exclusive event TECHSPO Technology Expo, which showcases the new generation of technology and innovation, including; AdTech, MarTech, Internet, Mobile and SaaS technologies. Be inspired, amazed and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for the better. Unlimited Access to TECHSPO Technology Expo is included with all DigiMarCon passes.

On Demand Library Access

DigiMarCon All Access & VIP Passes include a 12-month on demand access to hundreds of hours of DigiMarCon speaker keynotes, panels and master class presentations from recent DigiMarCon Conferences, including videos, slide decks and key takeaways, available on demand so you can watch what you want, when you want.

The Largest Digital Marketing, Media & Advertising Community

Attendees of DigiMarcon Conferences gain membership to an exclusive global Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Community of over 500,000 worldwide subscribers to our award-winning digital marketing blog and over 100,000 members to the International Association of Digital Marketing Professionals (visit This global community comprises of innovators, senior marketers and branders, entrepreneurs, digital executives and professionals, web & mobile strategists, designers and web project managers, business leaders, business developers, agency executives and their teams and anyone else who operates in the digital community who leverage digital, mobile, and social media marketing. We provide updates to the latest whitepapers and industry reports to keep you updated on trends, innovation and best practice digital marketing.

Safe, Clean & Hygienic Event Environment

The events industry has forever changed in a world affected by COVID-19. The health and safety of our guests, staff and community is our highest priority and paramount. The team at DigiMarCon is dedicated to ensuring a great experience at our in-person events, and that includes providing a safe, clean and hygienic environment for our delegates. Some of the key areas we have implemented safe and hygienic measures include;

  • Limiting Venue Capacities to allow for Social Distancing
  • Health and Safety Protocols
  • Safe Food and Beverages and Food-handling
  • Sanitation Stations with Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes Dispensers
  • Sanitation and Disinfection of Common and High-Traffic Areas
  • Physical Distancing Measures Between Attendees
  • Social Distancing Room and Seating Configurations
  • Non-Contact Thermal Temperature Scanning

Hybrid Events: Attend In-Person or Online

DigiMarCon has always been industry leaders of the Hybrid Event experience for years (a hybrid event combines a "live" in-person event with a "virtual" online component), no one needs to miss out on attending our events. Each DigiMarCon Conference can be attended in-person (with a Main Conference, All Access or VIP Pass) or online (with a Virtual Pass) giving attendees a choice for the experience they want to have. Attending virtually by viewing a Live Stream or On Demand enables participation by people who might be unable to attend physically due to travel or time zone constraints or through a wish to reduce the carbon footprint of the event. If you would like to meet the speakers, network with fellow marketing professionals at refreshment breaks, luncheons and evening receptions, check out the latest Internet, Mobile, AdTech, MarTech and SaaS technologies providers exhibiting then it is highly recommended to attend DigiMarCon in-person. As the largest Digital Marketing, Media and Advertising Conference series with events in 33 international cities worldwide, across 13 countries, there is bound to be a DigiMarCon Event near you to attend in-person if you can.

High-Profile Audience From Leading Brands

DigiMarCon Conference Series is the annual gathering of the most powerful brands and senior agency executives in your region. The Sharpest Minds And The Most Influential Decision Makers - Together for Two Days.

Who Attends Our Conferences
Brands • Agencies • Solution & Service Providers • Media Owners • Publishers • Entrepreneurs • Start-Ups • Investors • Government • Corporates • Institutes of Higher Learning