Phoenix is the place for sports. The open landscape of the desert is suited perfectly for building stadiums. Catching a game here is just as exciting and inspiring as any of the other activities this area is home to. There are options for hockey, football, baseball, and basketball to satisfy sports lovers. You can also spend the day golfing, horseback riding, or hiking. Whether you’re more of a spectator or a participant, you’ll find just about any type of sport to fit your mood in Phoenix, Arizona. Just follow some of these tips for a foolproof vacation.

Tips for Sport Lovers

Phoenix is a fantastic city for catching any number of sports games. This city is well suited for any visitor that comes here looking to catch the excitement of their favorite team. As is good practice before visiting any city it is best to get a layout of the land before going, to make the most of the experience. Lodging is plentiful and easy to come by no matter what type you’re searching for. Transportation here is also very easy to find. Take a look at the list below for a more comprehensive run-through of this beautiful city to ensure more time in the stadiums and less time trying to get there.

Figure Out Lodging

Phoenix vacation rentals can be found throughout the city. It’s a big city, so being close to the sports arenas, or areas where you want to be active in can be key. If you’re planning to watch a Phoenix Suns NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena, you might want to consider staying in the downtown area. Arenas are scattered throughout the city so it is best to take a look at a map and see which neighborhoods are close to the stadiums and teams that you want to see to make for much more efficient use of your time.

Pro traveler tip: Glendale is a fantastic option for those coming to phoenix looking to catch a game. With proximity to many stadiums and teams big and small, this is a great area to stay in for sports lovers.

Find Transportation


Getting around a big city can be a challenge. Not in Phoenix. The city offers several types of public transportation, including buses and the Metro Valley Light Rail, along with cabs and ride-share options. Visitors can easily find bikes rentals too. If you plan to rent a car, check the parking at the various sporting events. During big events like the Fiesta Bowl or the Cheez-It Bowl, parking can be tight and limited. This city is stacked when it comes to ways of getting around. There will be no stress getting from stadium to stadium in this easy to explore city.

Pro traveler tip: Phoenix and the surrounding area is beautiful to walk around and take in the sights and sounds as well. Taking one day to walk your field of choice could be a great way to get a feel for the city.

Check Game Schedules

If you’re going to a game, schedules and details can be found online. Ensure your itinerary fits the schedules of the teams you want to see. Whether it’s the Arizona Cardinals or the Arizona Diamondbacks, you’ll want to plan accordingly and get your game face on. Be sure to check ahead so there is more time spent in the stands and less time standing on the sidewalk looking for how to get to the stadium.

Pro traveler tip: Always leave a few extra minutes in your plans to get to and from the stadiums in case there is any road work or other delays that could add time to the journey getting there.

Take a Tour

Public tours are offered at the State Farm Stadium and Chase Field. Take a tour and see what happens behind the scenes with an up-close and personal look at some of your favorite teams. This is a fantastic way to see the ins and out of some of your favorite sports stadiums. It will be amazing seeing the operations and how much goes into every game. The level of planning and intricacy on the part of the stadium staff is on a whole new level.

Pro traveler tip: These tours usually take a few hours, so plan on stopping by one of the hundreds of amazing restaurants nearby for a fantastic afternoon learning about the stadiums and seeing the city.

Enjoy Horseback Riding

Line up trail riding at a ranch! Ponderosa Livery Stable has guides to help lead you through the beautiful South Mountain area. You can choose the time of day to do this, but be sure to schedule your ride ahead of time. Or, get a true Western experience at MacDonald’s Ranch, which also has cookouts and a stagecoach. No cowboy hat is required, but you might want one. This wonderful activity is a great way to take in the surrounding landscape of Phoenix and get a feel for the picturesque beauty of the state of Arizona.

Pro traveler tip: This is one of the most fun things that one can do on a day off from seeing a game. With plenty of different options for ranches and tours, there will be no shortage of places to explore on horseback.

Play a Round of Golf

If you and your golf buddies plan to hit the links, get your tee times before you travel to Phoenix. This area is a popular spot for golfers. Choose from more than 200 courses in the area like Troon North and We-Ko-Pa. The desert courses give a whole new meaning to a sand trap. This relaxing way of spending a few hours is a fantastic option for something to do before the game, or on a day off. These amazing and challenging courses will be sure to provide a little competition that you can enjoy.

Pro traveler tip: With so many golf courses scattered throughout the area it would be a wise decision to choose one that is nearby the stadium or vacation rental, so there is plenty of time to move on to the next exciting activity.

Bring Hiking Gear for the Desert

Planning a hike? Bring your gear and plenty of water, as you’ll quickly realize the dry heat is still heat. Wear thinly insulated socks that repel sweat, which is essential in the desert. Consider getting outside of the city and hiking the five-mile trail from Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle in the Superstitious Mountains. This beautiful state is best explored by walking and winding through the thousands of trails and beautiful rock formations. Be sure to enjoy the picturesque hike of a lifetime while on vacation here.

Pro traveler tip: There are more than enough options for places to hike both in and around the city. Be sure to check ahead to see the amount of time and the skill level required for the hike before embarking.

Paddle up the Salt River

The Tonto National Forest and the Salt River are nature lovers’ dreams. You can schedule a guide or have a go at it yourself. Canoe, paddleboard, or kayak the river to see Arizona wildlife. On a good day, you’ll see herons, deer, osprey, and snakes. Be sure to line up your rentals before you head out. Spending a relaxing day on the water is one of the best ways to enjoy this fantastic state in a place that’s not too far from the city itself.

Pro traveler tip: Canoeing or kayaking is the perfect way to explore the surrounding area. Be sure to check rental shops around the area to secure the perfect vessel to take in the scenery.

Where to Stay in Phoenix

As mentioned earlier, Glendale is a wonderful option for places to stay that are close to some of the major stadiums. Couple that with a small-town vibe that is only 9 miles outside of downtown Phoenix, and it is perhaps the perfect place to get the best of both worlds. Be sure to check out one of the many vacation rentals that are available here for a vacation that will be filled with sports-induced action.

Downtown Phoenix is a great option for people looking to get everything that the city has to offer at their fingertips, and be close to many major sports stadiums as well. Hotels are plentiful, as are some of the finest eating and drinking establishments in the country. Enjoy the game from one of the thousands of bars in the area to get a feel of the home crowd in their local watering hole.

Phoenix Awaits!

Ready to enjoy all of the sports and outdoors in Phoenix? Book your stay on VacationRenter! Phoenix is a city that is packed with things to do and places to see. The beautiful desert landscape situated around the city is the perfect backdrop for a sports-situated vacation. There are many fantastic options to see some of the best sports teams in action. Along with other fantastic and fun ways to spend time in the city, it makes for a fantastic sports-filled vacation that you will remember for a lifetime.