Recommendations from a Local: When to Visit Phoenix

I often forget that my home state is a popular tourist destination. With warm weather and beautiful views, Arizona is hard to resist. For this reason, I want to discuss some of my recommendations for those traveling to the Metro-Phoenix area. Locals always have the best suggestions, right? 😉

Hiking with Sedona in March

When to Go

When is the best time to visit Phoenix? The answer to this question: it depends.

A lot of travelers like to come here during the winter months, because our temperatures average from the high 40’s to the low 70’s. While that’s pretty chilly for us locals, guests–from areas with colder climates–really love it. Another plus? We don’t have to deal with snow here in the Valley. No shoveling for us. 🙂

March and April are also popular travel months, because Arizona is a huge Spring Training hub. In addition, the weather tends to be a little warmer, as temperatures range from the high 50’s to the low 80’s during this time. Unfortunately, due to all of the baseball fans and spring breakers visiting, airfare and hotel rooms are usually more expensive.

Even though many people travel during the summertime, I really wouldn’t recommend visiting Phoenix then (without a specific reason of course). Everyone says it’s a “dry heat” here; however, being outside is still brutal when the thermometer hits 110 degrees or higher. It’s important to mention that in July and August, the air becomes more humid, and we have occasional dust/rain storms. They can be very powerful and overwhelming if you’ve never experienced them before.

Overall, I’d say that fall and spring are my favorite seasons here. I like to be able to lay by the pool and enjoy outdoor activities without sweating bullets. In addition, there are several more events, such as festivals and fairs, held when the weather is cooler. Despite the fact that they are our peak seasons, I still think that fall and spring are the best times to come.

Gorgeous Sunset in April