The steamy city of Phoenix. If you've ever been to this city of more than 1.4 million people, you'll know that there's far more than arid landscapes filled with cacti. Although this city proudly boasts its southwestern style, you'll always uncover a number of surprises in the Valley of the Sun - so take your Phoenix rental car for more than a few exploratory drives amid the reddened hillsides
Climb to new heights
Who can resist visiting a castle? Once you've spotted Tovrea Castle perched atop Carraro Heights, it will likely take all the willpower you have not to spin your Phoenix car rental around to visit it. Modeled by Italian immigrant Alessio Carraro after palaces he had found in his own hometown, the tiered beauty has been owned by the city of Phoenix since 1993. Although you're sure to be wowed by the castle's exterior, the rounded walls, antique furnishings and rich wood finishes will give you an idea of just how elegant southwestern style can be.
Dry doesn't have to mean dull
After seeing some of the lovely arid environment plants around Tovrea Castle, you may begin to have a penchant for seeing some more desert flora. As many local green thumbs will tell you, there are few better places to see with your car rental in Phoenix than the Desert Botanical Garden. The garden is one of only 44 official botanical gardens in the United States. Home to 139 certified rare, threatened, or endangered plant species from around the world, you'll find yourself falling in love with more than prickly pears in this aromatic, vibrant landscape.
Heard's the word
The Heard Museum is one of Phoenix's oldest cultural attractions - the city was incorporated in 1881 - and remains a timeless treasure to this day. The museum specializes in a number of exhibitions that detail Native American cultures of the American Southwest, with exhibits featuring everything from traditional Hopi katsina dolls to a range of tribal easel art that date back to the early 1900s. Modern-day artists will also come to the museum to host live demonstrations of their craft, and provide a contemporary perspective on First Nation art and culture that cannot easily be found anywhere else.
It’s the sixth largest city in the country – and that’s not just in population. Phoenix’s land mass is vast – and if you want to get across town or explore some of the sights surrounding this amazing desert city, the only way to do it is with a Phoenix car rental from Thrifty.
From convertibles to minivans, SUVs to plush sedans, Thrifty’s Phoenix rental cars offer the perfect way to experience “The Valley of the Sun.” And with our best rate guaranteed, plus the The Blue Chip Express Rental Program® – which gives you faster counter service and one free day’s rental for every 16 days you rent with Thrifty – you can save money and time.
Not sure where to go in your rental? No problem! Thrifty can help you save some vacation planning time, too. Keep reading for great ways to make the most of your time with our Phoenix car rentals (suggestions based on rental type):
- Convertible: Put the top down and cruise the city. Explore Phoenix-Scottsdale nightlife, take in a round of golf or discover the shops at Biltmore Fashion Park or Scottsdale Fashion Square. On your way home, the cool desert breeze will kiss you goodnight.
- Minivan: Pile the family in and have some fun! Check out the Arizona Science Center, take in an NFL, MLB or NHL game, hit Castles & Coasters (the Valley’s only amusement park) or, in the summer, swing by one of the city’s many water parks (located primarily in Chandler, Scottsdale & Mesa). Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is also a great place to let your kids “ride the rails” and burn off some energy.
- SUV: Head up to Sedona, down to Tucson or hit Whiskey Row and the quaint town square in Prescott. In each of these cities, hiking opportunities abound, as do galleries, shops and fantastic local restaurants.
- Sedan: Take to the highways and discover new sights, sounds and flavors. From the easy trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior to the winding roads that lead to Jerome (an old mining town turned artist’s enclave in Northern Arizona), with his type of Phoenix car rental, no matter what journey you take – it will be comfortable.
Go ahead, make your choice then hit the road! There’s tons of fun to be had in this amazing desert city. Book our Phoenix rental cars and start planning your next trip!