Peoria trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Peoria is a city in Maricopa and Yavapai counties in the State of Arizona. Most of the city is located in Maricopa County, while a tiny portion in the north is in Yavapai County. It is a major suburb of Phoenix. According to 2010 Census Bureau releases, the population of the city is 154,065. Peoria is currently the sixth largest city in Arizona for land area, and the ninth largest for population. It was named after Peoria, Illinois. The word "peoria" is a corruption of the Illini word for "prairie fire." It is the spring training home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners who share the Peoria Sports Complex. In July 2008, Money magazine listed Peoria in its Top 100 Places to Live.HistoryInitial settlementPeoria sits in the Salt River Valley, and extends into the foothills of the mountains to the north. William John Murphy, who had worked on the Arizona Canal, recruited settlers to begin a community in Arizona, many of them from Peoria, Illinois. Albert J. and Elizabeth Straw were the first to establish residency in November 1886. They were followed by William T. and Sylvia Hanna, James M. and Clara Copes, and James and Ella McMillan, all from Peoria, Illinois relocate to what is now Peoria, Arizona. An old desert road connecting Phoenix to the Hassayampa River near present-day Wickenburg was the only major transportation route in the area until 1887, when a new road was laid out. Named Grand Avenue, this road angled through the newly designed town sites of Alhambra, Glendale, and Peoria and became the main route from Phoenix to Vulture Mine. The settlers filed Peoria's plot map with the Maricopa County recorder on May 24, 1897, naming the settlement after their hometown.To arrange what you want to do in Peoria, use our United States day trip planning app.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Peoria
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Side trips from Peoria
Places to visit with Peoria
Recently planned trips to Peoria
3 days in Riverview & Peoria BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, popular sights Preferences: June, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 4 days in Greensburg & Peoria BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: June, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, extra fast, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Extra fast 20 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, extra fast, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Extra fast 11 days in Peoria BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Nashville, Oklahoma City & Peoria BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium