When to fly to Phoenix
The best time to book cheap flights to Phoenix is between October and April. This is when temperatures are comfortable and there are plenty of cultural events taking place such as the Coors Rodeo Showdown, Cowboy Artists of America Sale and Exhibition and Phoenix Open (Scottsdale).
The high summer temperatures make visiting Phoenix a challenge. Locals move from one air-conditioned space to the other, venturing out either early in the morning or late at night. Late summer is monsoon season too. Visitors can expect late-afternoon thunderstorms and flash floods are a possibility.
More than 325 sunny days a year, an average temperature of nearly 30 degrees, and a name evoking a legendary firebird, it’s no wonder Phoenix is a hot destination.
Thousands of snowbirds and golfers seek cheap flights to Phoenix for its near-perfect climate and endless fairways. It’s no resthome destination however, Phoenix has a fiery cultural side too. The United States’ fifth-largest city – made up of almost 24 smaller cities – has a wealth of art tours, museums, galleries and festivals, sizzling cuisine and excellent shopping.
Culture vultures will know it as the home of the the Heard Museum, which preserves Native American culture, and the Phoenix Art Museum, the Southwest’s largest museum. Its 17,000 pieces of artwork span centuries and disciplines – from Asian to European art, fashion design to photography.
To get out into the non-conditioned air, visit the Desert Botanical Garden or climb Piestewa Peak, part of the Phoenix Mountains Park. Open between 5am and 11pm, a dawn stroll or sunset hike will help you escape the sun at its hottest.
The climate is arid, with very hot summers and mild winters. For almost a third of the year – from June through September – temperatures exceed 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). Not much rain falls on Phoenix, but those considering booking cheap flights to Phoenix should note that high humidity levels between July and mid-September can result in heavy showers and flooding.
You’ll want a car to get around Phoenix, since the city and its surrounding towns cover more than 644 square kilometres. Parking is free outside of downtown Phoenix, although it may take you a while to find a spot in Old Scottsdale or popular shopping areas. Make sure you read the fine print when you’re renting your car. Taxes and surcharges can increase your rental rate nearly 50 percent. Get around town for free on the city’s Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) service. These free buses cover downtown routes during the week from 6:30am to 5:30pm. DASH is meant for downtown commuters, not tourists, but the buses do go by Heritage Square and the Arizona Capitol Museum. The public buses, Valley Metro, are more useful for commuters than it is for tourists.