Every year families across the nation plan vacations with visions of spectacular sightseeing, temperate weather and unique experiences. Many families have discovered this unique combination of climate, culture and natural beauty in Greater Phoenix.
When vacationing in Greater Phoenix, the sky truly is the limit. Mild weather conditions allow for a variety of air sports like soaring over the Sonoran Desert in a two seat glider or lofting above the rural areas in a hot-air balloon operated by one of he many companies offering daily flights (October-May only).
Within the city, surrounded by majestic mountains, a collection of museums serves as a display case for Western, Native American, Spanish and other cultural heritages.
The Old West experience can be relived every day through gold-panning expeditions, horseback rides, hayride cookouts or visiting Rawhide -an authentic- 1880s western town with old-fashioned shoot-outs. Desert jeep tours also offer a unique opportunity to experience the Southwest by taking you deep into the Sonoran Desert where experienced guides identify indigenous flora and fauna.
Other Greater Phoenix attractions and activities for the entire family include the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Garden or any of a number of special events held every year.
Water sports such as skiing, swimming or boating are popular at nearby lakes, which are bordered by majestic canyon walls, statuesque saguaro cacti and other marvels of nature.