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Best Times to Visit Phoenix

The best time to visit Phoenix is November through April, when you'll sees blue skies with highs in the upper 60s, 70s and low 80s. But whenever you visit, keep in mind this desert city's seasons are harder to determine. The leaves don't change colors in fall, nor will flowers blossom in the spring. You will notice differences in temperature, however, particularly in the toasty summers when highs average above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you can bear this dry, formidable heat, you can take find great deals at luxury resorts.

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While the rest of the country battles cold, snowy conditions, Phoenicians move outside for the best weather of the year. In fact, many residents call this "snowbird season," thanks to all the additional visitors in town. As a result, you will encounter the highest rates at hotels and golf courses. Visit at the beginning or end of this season if you want slightly lower rates and a bit warmer conditions (all the better to enjoy your time at the pool). And book your accommodations two to three months earlier to avoid the highest prices.

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Northerners startle at learning Phoenix's 100-plus summer temperatures, while Southerners scoff, "But, it's a dry heat." And the Southerners are correct. The high temps are more bearable because of the lack of humidity and insects that characterize other hot regions. Still, sunbathing and golfing will be hard to bear (a word to the wise: pack plenty of sunscreen and carry bottled water). For this reason, resorts and hotels offer incredibly low rates and awesome package deals. Late summer is also monsoon season, which locals happily embrace as they watch the clouds build in the afternoon and the lighting-storms (more like light shows) at night.

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