When is the best time to fly to Phoenix?
There’s no bad time to holiday in Phoenix and when you choose to visit depends on your personal preference.
The city's high-travel season is November through April and flights to Phoenix book up quickly. During this time the average low temperature is around 4 to 15 degrees Celsius and the average high temperature hovers around 18 to 29 degrees. Finding a good travel deal can be hard to come by during these months as hotel rates and flights to Phoenix are always higher. Make sure you book well in advance as accommodation fills up fast.
The popular Arizona State Fair takes place in mid-October to early November and should not be missed if you’re in the area. There is plenty to entertain the whole family, from fair rides to a variety of attractions, concerts and much more.
True bargain hunters can get deals on cheap flights to Phoenix during the summer months, however, the searing heat, with high temperatures regularly hitting 37 degrees Celsius, causes the city to come to a cultural standstill. The dry heat and lack of humidity can make the climate somewhat more bearable. Saving money on a Phoenix flight and accommodation means more money available to test out the city’s water parks, which you’ll definitely need to cool down!
Phoenix, the largest city in the southwest of Arizona, is surrounded by the vast Sonoran Desert. The landscape and the climate invite you to outdoor activities and excursions that range from rugged adventure to lofting in hot-air balloons to bus tours.
The name of the city, Phoenix, acknowledges its rise from the ashes of the long-vanished Hohokam peoples, who had developed an elaborate and complex irrigation network. The ancient Indian village is now a major metropolitan area and, when combined with neighbouring towns, the nation’s third-largest silicon valley.
Whilst booking flights to Phoenix and organising the trip, adventurous travellers should also add a few side trips to their itinerary. One trip that can’t be missed is a few days exploring the Apache Trail. Just an hour’s drive east of Phoenix this winding gravel road is dotted with some interesting attractions including the Lost Dutchman State Park, the Goldfield Mining Town (a ghost town) and Canyon Lake which is perfect for camping and picnicking.
Phoenix averages 300 days of sun and 18cm (seven inches) of precipitation annually.Summer in Phoenix is May to September. In June and July the average temperature is just under 40 degrees Celsius, and the temperature exceeds 37 almost daily. July is the hottest month, with average temperatures more than 40. The heat drops off in October, and the nights are cool. It rarely rains, but when it does, expect thunderstorms, flash floods, and then a spectacular show from the desert flora.Winter, September to May, is the best, sunny and warm. The winter temperatures rarely drop below 18, and it’s usually warm enough to lounge at the pool during the day and cool enough to wear a jacket at night.
Getting around Phoenix
You’ll need a car to get around Phoenix. Parking is free outside of the city centre, 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 by nearly 50 per cent. Get around town for free on the city’s Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) service. These free buses cover the city centre routes during the week from 6:30am to 5:30pm. DASH is meant for city 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.
Getting from the Airport to the City
The main airport in Phoenix is Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). There is a very efficient public transport system operating from the airport including the Sky Train running 24 hours a day.
Phoenix insider information
- The Pueblo Grande Museum is located at the ruins of a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village. You can explore the ruin of a platform mound possibly used by the Hohokam for ceremonies, an excavated ballcourt, full-scale reproductions of Hohokam homes, and some of the last remaining intact Hohokam irrigation canals. The Phoenix Museum of History showcases the city’s growth from a dusty desert town to a modern metropolis.
- Heritage Square is the section of downtown Phoenix where Victorian homes have been preserved and are now used as shops and museums. Two highlights of the square are the stick-Eastlake Rosson House built in 1895 (guided tours are available) and the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum in the bungalow of the Stevens House.
- Phoenicians love their professional sports and March is a great time to see them in action — the Suns, the Coyotes, ASU basketball and baseball, and the Safeway International LPGA Tournament. And, of course, many major-league baseball teams know that it just doesn’t get better than March in Phoenix for spring training.
- The red rocks of Sedona are an awe-inspiring sight. There are trails for exploring the canyon (you might even see javelinas), eclectic shops and galleries, and always the spectacular scenery. Sedona is about two hours from Phoenix.