The Valley of the Sun, as Phoenix is often called, is a haven for vacationers, owing to its splendid golf courses, shopping avenues, clubs and pulsating nightlife. With suburbs like Scottsdale and Tempe, Phoenix attracts a sizable chunk of tourists every year who regularly book their air flights to come here to soak themselves in the city’s captivating charm. If you too are considering spending a relaxing and entertaining vacation in Phoenix, then read on to know what all to expect, before you board your flight to Phoenix.
How’s the Weather?
With over 300 hundred days of glorious sunshine every year, Phoenix is your quintessential winter destination. But that doesn’t mean that you cannot book your cheap flights for the summer months. Phoenix has a dry climate with long and scorching summers and really mild winters. Although one can expect sub-zero temperatures during the winter months, it is a one-off occurrence.
The best time to book your cheap tickets to Phoenix if for the month of April as the weather is at its best. The mercury hasn’t risen up enough to scorch you yet and there is just a very slight nip in the air.
What to Pack?
Considering Phoenix’s location and climate, it makes sense to load up on sunscreen. Carry a tube of sunscreen lotion with you and after every few hours, liberally apply it onto the exposed skin. When it comes to clothes, all you need is light and cool summer clothing. Women can bring along a very light shrug or wrap if they feel like.
One thing that you need to be mindful of is your shoes. If you are here for a hiking adventure, ensure you have proper footwear and gear for that. Otherwise, for local city excursions, invest in shoes/footwear that is considerably thick soled as the pavements seem to be on fire during daytime.
The quintessential Phoenix gear includes sun filters for cameras (the city and its suburbs will provide you countless opportunities to frame them in picture-perfect setting) and tarp to put down beneath a tent (if you are hiking or camping).
Maneuvering your way around the city is fairly easy. You can either opt for any of the various public transport systems or even choose to drive a car - your own or rented. The public transport system includes Light Rail, taxis, Valley Metro and car rentals. If traveling on Light Rail then you can save up on cash if you purchase the all-day adult pass.
Rules, Regulation and Safety
If you are behind the wheel and on the road, one important thing you need to be mindful of is that the city imposes rigorous and harsh laws on DUI offenders. During the peak hours (11PM to 2:30 AM) you can be sure to find police traps along your way.
Places to avoid or to be more careful at, especially during nighttime, are some parts of South phoenix, Downtown Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, area near Arizona State University and the Sunnyslope area.
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