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Cheap areas to stay in Phoenix

Drenched in over 300 days of sunshine a year, Phoenix is known for its vibrant arts scene, world-class golf courses, and sunny climate. It's not hard to find cheap accommodation in the Valley of the Sun, with the best Phoenix hotel deals usually offered by American chains. You'll find plenty of cheap hotels and motels in Downtown Phoenix, as well as in satellite cities like Peoria and Mesa. Tempe, a student enclave 10 miles east of downtown Phoenix, is a bastion of lively bars, cheap eats, and budget hotels.

Cheap hotels in Phoenix

Designed for longer trips, Extended Stay America Phoenix – Peoria offers spacious rooms featuring kitchens and fast WiFi. Extras include coin-operated laundry facilities and free grab-and-go breakfast. The property also offers pet-friendly rooms if you're traveling with Fido. A 30-minute drive from downtown Phoenix, Thunderbird Executive Inn and Conference Center mixes business with pleasure. You'll enjoy well-appointed rooms and a sun-drenched swimming pool. Set in lush grounds, Windmill All Suites promises a breezy stay in Phoenix. You'll love cooling off in the palm-fringed pool and digging into the free continental breakfast.

Where to find cheap food in Phoenix

You don't have to look far to find delicious Southwestern and Mexican food in Phoenix. The city is awash with cheap restaurants serving tacos, burritos, chile con queso, and other classics. Tempe is geared towards students at Arizona State University and offers a great selection of cafes, diners, and fast food favorites. Attracting farmers from across the state, Phoenix Public Market is a great place to pick up organic fruit and veg, fresh bagels, handmade pasta, flame-roasted chicken, and more.

Cheap things to do in Phoenix

While getting up close with dinosaur skeletons at the Arizona Museum of Natural History is well-worth the entry fee, Phoenix also offers plenty of free finds. Visit on the first Friday of the month and you'll score free admission to the Phoenix Art Museum and to the Heard Museum, which spotlights the rich cultures and traditions of American Indian tribes. First Fridays draw 1000s of art lovers to downtown Phoenix and feature free music, guided walks, street food, and more. On the 2nd Tuesday, the Desert Botanical Garden offers free admission. Inside you'll find 100s of otherworldly plants that look as if they've been plucked from a Dr Seuss book. In Scottsdale, you could easily spend a day strolling around the historic Old Town and visiting boutique galleries. For a glimpse of Arizona's stunning desert landscape, escape the city and explore scenic hiking trails that wind through Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, and South Mountain Park.

Cheap ways to get around Phoenix

If you've picked from one of the cheap Phoenix hotels in Downtown, you'll find it easy to get around on foot, with many top museums and attractions within walking distance. That said, the city does cover a footprint of more than 500 square miles, which means you may need to take advantage of public transport operated by Valley Metro – a $4 day pass can be a great way to save. In Tempe, the free Orbit Bus whisks passengers along University Drive and Mill Avenue. You can also step aboard the Scottsdale Trolley which rumbles around the Old Town, Fashion Square, and Main Street Arts District.

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