Phoenix and its surrounding state, Arizona, have become increasingly popular choices for rented RV drivers wanting to escape North America's colder winters. However, year round hot weather isn't the only reason why Arizona's state capital has become the sixth most populous city in the United States. Even those who only stay during the winter months will find plenty of things to do.
Phoenix is a sprawling and modern metropolis with few surviving historic landmarks, but visitors are attracted by the surrounding Sonoran Desert, perfect to explore by rented RV. One of the region's most scenic drives is the Apache Trail, which meanders through breathtaking desert vistas before dropping down to the Fish Creek Canyon. The prehistoric Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, contains irrigation canals and buildings created about 1,500 years ago by the Hohokam people. The region's pioneer past is well preserved at the Goldfield Ghost Town and Historic Sahuaro Ranch.
Most remaining Phoenix historic landmarks can be found in the Historic Heritage Square. The 19th century Victorian estates in Phoenix's original town site now contain restaurants, shops, and interesting museums like the Wrigley Mansion. Chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley Jr. constructed this opulent Italian-influenced mansion for his wife from 1929 to 1931.
The daughter of the original owner, Boyce Luther Gulley, still lives in and conducts guided tours of the 18-room Mystery Castle today. The castle is actually a folk art mansion constructed from recycled stones and other materials. Chase Field contains a swimming pool and picnic area alongside Arizona Diamondbacks home games beneath its retractable roof.
One of the state's largest shopping centres, the Metrocenter, stands next to Castles-n-Coasters, an amusement park featuring a thrilling roller coaster and four miniature golf courses. More than 1,000 animals live in the large natural enclosures of the Phoenix Zoo, which also includes a petting zoo, tropical rainforest exhibit, and several endangered species.
Huge South Mountain Park's hiking trails are at their loveliest when the wildflowers bloom in spring. One of the Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Center's trails takes hikers past Valley of the Sun scenery on the way to Piestewa Peak's summit. Covered picnic shelters and fishing lagoons provide visitors with places to cool off after exploring the desert landscapes of Papago Park and the nearby Desert Botanical Gardens.
Desert's Edge RV Park has greeted RV drivers to Phoenix's north side for more than 40 years. This pet friendly park provides pet runs and even a special grooming area for its furriest visitors.
Another north Phoenix RV park, Desert Shadows RV Resort, is located minutes from a major shopping centre, 10 restaurants, and an IMAX cinema with 30 screens. Free tea and coffee is served in the spacious lobby every day.
Phoenix Metro RV Park ,caters specifically to 'snowbirds' 55 years of age or over who choose to spend the winter months of their retirement in the mountainous deserts of northwest Phoenix.
Younger families, on the other hand, may prefer the Desert Sands RV Park.Trees provide plenty of shade to these spacious RV sites, each of which provides enough room for two vehicles.
Phoenix's two main roads are Interstates 17 and 10 as well as US Route 60. The city and each of its surrounding suburbs have their own easy to follow gridded street system. The biggest Arizona driving difficulties are isolated desert conditions and some of the country's strictest drinking and driving laws (80 mg/dL).
- Speed limits in the city: 25 to 40kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 105kph.
- Help number: 9-1-1