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Phoenix is a sprawling city and the epicenter of Arizona's culture and economy. With a thriving arts scene, some of the finest Southwestern food in the United States and a plenitude of hiking, cycling and climbing trails to explore, Greater Phoenix is ideally navigated with a rental car from Phoenix Airport. Day trips are a must here, with iconic sites of natural beauty like the Grand Canyon and Saguaro National Park accessible with rental cars from Phoenix Airport.

Main attractions in Phoenix

Offering up many of Arizona's finest museums and galleries, Phoenix's attractions can often be a respite from the beating sun, and what a respite they are. The 3 Heard Museums found across the city are among Phoenix’s finest, offering up ethnographic art displays and desert gardens celebrating the city's indigenous culture. 

Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Arizona Museum of Natural History are also among the city's big hitters, while the Musical Instrument Museum may leave the longest-lasting impression. This last museum in Phoenix’s north hopes to display an example of every instrument in the world with audible samples.

It wouldn't be a trip to Arizona without experiencing the desert, so head over to the Desert Botanical Garden to walk between flowering cacti. The gardens are particularly beautiful at sunset when the red rock formations reflect a scarlet sky. For a taste of the city's unique architectural history, the Victorian-era Heritage Square is also a must-visit. Featuring a number of converted colonial buildings, it is now one of the best areas to shop and dine in within Phoenix. You should also visit Taliesin West, the former desert studio of noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as Cosanti, home to his student Paolo Soleri. The former is now a school of architecture, and both are accessible with a cheap rental car from Phoenix Airport

Phoenix is a hiker’s paradise. The Estrella Mountain Regional Park, South Mountain Preserve, Sierra Estrella Wilderness Area, Tonto National Forest, and Four Peaks Wilderness Area are all easily reached when you rent a car from Phoenix Airport. These offer miles of well-signposted dusty trails and rock-climbing opportunities. Just remember to prepare for the heat and sun.

What to eat in Phoenix?

You cannot visit Phoenix without indulging in some of the US’s finest Mexican restaurants. From green chili burritos to enchiladas, Phoenix has a fantastic array of traditional and fusion options. One particular favorite to look out for is the chinese-mexican hybrid Chino Bandido, where sweet-and-spicy chicken is ingeniously served up with refried beans. Sonoran-style hot dogs are also all the rage here, so be sure to head over to the much-loved Nogales stand before leaving. As for drink, craft beer and tequila are a must-try, with Four Peaks Brewing Company being among the city's standouts.

What do with children in Phoenix?

Phoenix is a fun city to visit with children. Among the top attractions include the Children's Museum of Phoenix, a perfect indoor option, which will keep under-10s busy for a few hours. Kids will also enjoy the many outdoor activities reached with a cheap car rental from Phoenix Airport. Horse riding, desert hikes, and mountain biking are particularly enjoyable for older children. There's also a fantastic zoo (Phoenix Zoo) and aquarium (OdySea Aquarium) in town, as well as a much-lauded Science Center and Railroad Park.

How do you book a rental car in Phoenix?

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How far is the airport from Phoenix?

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is conveniently located just three miles east of Downtown Phoenix. You can expect to arrive at the top attractions in town within minutes of picking up your car hire in Phoenix Airport.

When should I book my car rental?

In general, the best offers on Phoenix Airport car rentals can be found when booking in advance. This ensures greater availability of vehicles and better flexibility when booking.

What is the speed limit in Phoenix?

Phoenix's residential neighborhoods have a maximum speed limit of 25 mph. The surrounding highways, however, have limits of between 65 and 75 mph.

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