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Phoenix in Arizona is a desert metropolis in the Southwestern United States that is known as the “Valley of the Sun”. With over 300 days of sunshine, gorgeous blue skies and mild weather almost all year round, Phoenix is an ideal destination for spending time outdoors. In the greater Phoenix area, there are over 40,000 acres of hiking trails, 200 golf courses, and 50 miles of bike trails.
Phoenix is also a hub for scenic drives and a number of epic day trips. So, hop in your rental car and venture outside of the metro area. You can easily explore Sedona, the Grand Canyon National Park, and other nearby towns and cities in a day.
If you are looking for an easy scenic drive that is not too far from downtown Phoenix, head over to Dobbins Lookout. It is the highest public access point of the South Mountain Park, the largest park in the United States. Visit Dobbins Lookout either during the day or at night and enjoy the panoramic views of Phoenix metro.
In addition to the lookout, South Mountain Park is a historic site where the ancient Hohokam Native Americans left behind carvings on many rocks and boulders. It is amazing that you can still see the petroglyphs till this day. Entrance to the park is free but note that cars are not allowed on Sundays.
Looking for a bite to eat before or after an epic road trip near Phoenix? Broaden your culinary horizon at Phoenix’s innovative food trucks. Chow down on BBQ, loaded hot dogs, grilled cheese, authentic poutine, wood-fired pizza, ice-cream, and so much more.
Lastly, since Phoenix is located within the Sonoran Desert, experience nature and a variety of desert plants at the Desert Botanical Garden. The Garden houses thousands of desert plants from across the globe making it one of the world’s largest collection of arid plants.
There are five thematic trails including The Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert, which shows how people use desert plants for nourishment, cultural activities, and tools. Alternatively, the Center of Desert Living Trail showcases sustainable ways to live with nature. Admission is free every second Tuesday of the month.
There is something for everyone in Phoenix and Orbitz has the fleet of car rentals to match any vacation interest. From SUVs to compact cars, we offer low rates on all types of car rental classes. Explore Phoenix at length or make it your hub and venture out to other areas in Arizona. The possibilities are endless.