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Experience a desert metropolis in Phoenix vacation rentals

Think of Arizona and the Grand Canyon may well spring to mind, but spare a thought for Phoenix. A dynamic cultural and business centre surrounded by swathes of inhospitable desert, Phoenix brings you music, art, sport, gardens, shopping, and dining by the bucketload. What's more, house, condo, and apartment rentals in Phoenix are well placed to entertain couples, solo travellers, and families with young children alike. And if you tire of the big-city lights? Well head right on out of the city and you'll find dramatic wilderness areas waiting to be explored.


You may not think of Phoenix as a destination for history buffs, but the area has a fascinating past which is easy to dig into should you be so inclined. Downtown's Heritage Square allows you a peek into the city's Victorian past, while the Arizona Capitol Museum will give you an insight into the state's history. Modernist gem Taliesin West, in the foothills of neighbouring Scottsdale, is the home of iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright. You can also learn about Native American cultures at the Heard Museum and see ancient ruins at the Pueblo Grande Museum.


Activities and attractions in Phoenix

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Phoenix a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale (16.4 mi / 26.3 km)
  • Phoenix Zoo (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Wet 'n' Wild (17.7 mi / 28.4 km)
  • Arizona Biltmore Country Club (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • Rolling Hills Golf Course (7.3 mi / 11.8 km)
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona (7.8 mi / 12.5 km)
Natural features

Exploring the desert landscape and other natural features in Phoenix

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Phoenix is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Camelback Mountain (7.9 mi / 12.7 km)
  • Ro He En Japanese Friendship Garden (0.8 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Encanto Park (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Sunnyslope Mountain (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • South Mountain Park (7 mi / 11.3 km)
  • Papago Park (7.4 mi / 11.9 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Phoenix

Fly into Phoenix, AZ (PHX-Sky Harbor Intl.), the closest airport, located 3.8 mi (6.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Scottsdale, AZ (SCF), which is 15.1 mi (24.2 km) away.

It's easy to get around Phoenix by catching a ride on the metro at Jefferson Street - 1st Ave Station, Washington - Central Station or Van Buren - 1st Ave Station.

How to get around

Navigating the city from your Phoenix vacation rental

Phoenix sits neatly on a grid, and local residents love their cars, so if you're never happier than when you're behind the wheel, this is a city for you. Parking is plentiful, the city is easy to negotiate, and being on 4 wheels will make it a whole lot easier to reach Phoenix's varied attractions from your vacation rental, as well as to get out of town or catch a flight. Of the city's public transit options, the bus isn't much use for vacationers, so stick to the light rail system, which stops at top attractions as well as the airport.

Food & drink 

Sample some of Phoenix's well-known foodie treats

Fans of Southwestern and Mexican food are in for a treat – Phoenix has some of the best examples in the country, if not the world. Over the past few years, the city has transformed itself into a foodie oasis and there's a wealth of options on offer, from Mexican fusion joints to old-school diners dishing up incredible burgers. There are steakhouses serving slabs of beef to honour the area's cow town history, while fine dining establishments will pour you the best local wines. And if you prefer to eat on the run, there's an exciting street food scene that's sure to get your belly rumbling.

Essential info

Facts to remember for your Phoenix vacation rental stay

Phoenix is the largest city and capital of Arizona, and has a population of over 1.6 million. It sits at the centre of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area (also known as the Valley of the Sun), which includes ritzy Scottsdale, historic Glendale, buzzing, youthful Tempe, and low-key Mesa. The language spoken is English and the currency is US dollar. The city is relatively safe for vacationers, and you're unlikely to run into any problems. If you do, 911 is the nationwide emergency number, while you can call crime stop to report a non-emergency incident on 602-262-6151.

How many vacation rentals are available around Phoenix?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 7,687 house rentals around Phoenix. From 3,555 Houses to 2,880 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Phoenix is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Phoenix?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Phoenix:

  • Paradise Valley Village: 3,790 vacation rentals
  • Camelback East: 3,429 vacation rentals
  • North Mountain: 1,496 vacation rentals
  • Deer Valley: 913 vacation rentals
  • Ahwatukee Foothills: 146 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Phoenix?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Phoenix. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Arizona Grand Golf Course: 6,466 home rentals
  • Chase Field: 6,792 home rentals
  • Talking Stick Resort Arena: 6,843 home rentals
  • Arizona Science Center: 6,802 home rentals
  • Grand Canyon University: 6,943 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Phoenix listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Phoenix?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,555 Houses in Phoenix. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Phoenix include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,880 lodging choices
  • Villas: 187 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 52 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Phoenix?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6,252 vacation homes with pool available in Phoenix.

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