Once you’ve got your Phoenix car rental, you’re free to explore the city and its suburbs. Drive through the downtown area, checking out the Phoenix Zoo, the Heard museum, the Desert Botanical Garden, and the Phoenix Art Museum. You can use some of the money you saved on your discount car rental to go shopping or dine at a world-renowned restaurant. Ready for more? Head to Scottsdale, located 15 miles to the north, and do some shopping and restaurant-hopping. For a quiet community that offers some wonderful learning opportunities, drive to Mesa, located 18 miles east of Phoenix. Mesa is home to a number of attractions, like the Arizona Museum of Natural History and the Champlin Fighter Museum. Last of all, head to the Mesa Grande Cultural Park, located about 15 miles southeast of Phoenix, to explore the Hohokam structures there.