Appropriately called the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix is a bustling city filled with shops, highways, hotels, businesses, and people. Although it's a continuously fast growing city, it's preserved the natural beauty that surrounds it. Cacti line the streets with flowers and brightly colored stones while the Camelback Mountain lie as a continuous backdrop. The Mexican styled buildings add a wonderful dimension to the immaculately kept grounds.
The temperature is hot but perfect. Make sure you drink lots of water. There are many world-class hotels for you to choose from and you could probably spend your entire trip at one. Although there are fantastic hotels located throughout the state, the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa is worth mentioning. Spreading across 39 acres in the heart of Phoenix, you'll be treated like royalty. If you do venture out, it's probably best to rent a car. There is a lot of traffic but the streets and freeways are well marked so you'll be able to find your way. Take a trip along the Apache Trail. This 48-mile route makes its way around the Salt River. You could make it in a few hours or a day, depending on how often you stop and do a little site seeing. There are also many great bike trails to be explored.
If you'd like to visit an interesting museum, you may want to stop at the Heard Museum. It's a fantastic collection of Native American art and cultures and is a great way to learn more about Arizona's history.
Phoenix also has some of the best shopping malls and outlets the States has to offer. One of the smaller ones is the Biltmore Fashion Park. It's home to over 70 shops, which include Tommy Bahama's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic and M.A.C. It's not a typical shopping experience since it has outdoor walkways and stores nestled in a park-like setting.
However you spend your days you'll enjoy your evenings as the temperature drops down a little and you'll be treated to the most glorious orange and purple sunsets.