Phoenix has a number of interesting museums, including the Heard Museum of Native American culture and the Phoenix Art Museum. A scattering of parks, a wide variety of restaurants, and a well-developed arts scene makes a vacation in Phoenix an attractive prospect for travellers of all ages.
Phoenix's greatest attraction is its location, with the city surrounded by a vast cactus-studded desert and the magnificent scenery of the Red Rock Country around Sedona. It's a landscape of canyons, pinnacles, and red cliffs which have been the setting for numerous Wild West films and novels. The Apache Trail is a winding scenic drive that passes through some of the beautiful rugged terrain of central Arizona, passing ghost towns, ancient ruins, and the Superstitious Mountains.
Within the city, popular sights include the Heard Museum, the Desert Botanical Garden, the Phoenix Children's Museum, St Mary's Basilica, the Musical Instrument Museum, and Taliesin West, the former home and school of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Travellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to excursions out of Phoenix: Camelback Mountain, South Mountain Park, Piestewa Peak, and many other scenic spots lure hikers and photographers just beyond the city. Many people choose to travel farther afield on a day trip to famous attractions like the Grand Canyon, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam.
Golfers are very well catered for on a Phoenix holiday with scenic courses to take a swing at, and there are numerous spas and health resorts for those who enjoy pampering. Hikers enjoy excursions to the surrounding mountains.