Many accommodations and attractions are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant in Phoenix. Accessing Arizona (www.accessingarizona.com) has information about wheelchair-accessible activities in Arizona. For reviews about the accessibility of hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, check out www.brettapproved.com.
Dangers & Annoyances
As a large city Phoenix has its share of crime, though for the most part travelers should be relatively safe. As a car-centric city with lots of traffic, your greatest danger will likely be driving, particularly if you're not familiar with the route you are taking. Also be sure to always lock your car and never leave any valuables inside: Phoenix is consistently ranked in the top 10 cities in the US for auto theft.
Emergency & Important Numbers
|International access code||011|
|National sexual assault hotline||800-656-4673|
|Statewide road conditions||511|
Wi-fi should be available at all accommodations. 4G data is generally available throughout the city, regardless of your carrier.
The most active gay community in the Southwest is in Phoenix, though there is no one neighborhood that's known as a hub.
The following are useful resources:
Echo Magazine (echomag.com) Arizona's main LGBT publication and news outlet.
Gay Arizona (www.gayarizona.com) Statewide info for LGBT travellers.
Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (www.phoenixgaychamber.org) Listings of LGBT-friendly businesses in Phoenix.
Phoenix Pride (www.phoenixpride.org) Information on LGBT-friendly festivals and events in Phoenix, including the Pride and Rainbows festivals.
Opening hours vary throughout the year. Many attractions open longer in high season. We've provided high-season hours.
Banks 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Thursday, to 5:00pm Friday; some open 9am to noon Saturday
Bars 5pm to midnight, to 2am Friday and Saturday
Restaurants breakfast 7am to 10:30am Monday to Friday, brunch 9am to 2pm Saturday and Sunday, lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday, dinner 5pm to 9:30pm, later Friday and Saturday
Stores 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, noon to 6pm Sunday
Greater Phoenix has three telephone area codes: 480, 602 and 623. You always need to dial the area code, regardless of where you are.
Travel with Children
Phoenix can be a fun city to visit as a family, particularly if you go in the middle of January, when no one will believe that you'll be able to splash around in an outdoor pool! Mild winter climate aside, there are plenty of family-friendly museums to explore, plus a ghost town, horseback riding and plenty of far-out hikes to take among the cactus-studded trails. Baseball fans won't want to miss Cactus League, while teens may enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing or tubing down the Salt River. Water and amusement parks, meanwhile, are guaranteed fun, but are always weather dependent.