Greater Phoenix is a playground in the Sonoran Desert, offering such varied activities as golf, mountain biking, hot-air balloon rides, shopping, and sports. Visitors can enjoy a unique combination of near-perfect temperatures, beautiful views, and a rich cultural heritage. The city is the fifth largest in the United States, with a population of 1.4 million people who are known for their friendliness and laid-back lifestyle.
More than 325 days of sunshine each year make Phoenix the perfect destination for outdoor adventures. Play a round of golf on one of the beautifully landscaped courses in the area, or explore desert vistas by mountain bike. And if you prefer taking it in from the stands, catch a spring-training game for the Arizona Diamondbacks or enjoy the competition of a Phoenix Suns game at the US Airways Center (UAC).
If you’re interested in a different kind of performing arts venue, check out the carefully restored Orpheum Theatre, which hosts plays, musical presentations, and dramatic events. Also, the Arizona Science Center is an outstanding venue that appeals to the entire family. Or visit nearby Scottsdale, which offers an art walk every Thursday night, providing visitors with more than just free access to popular galleries. Outside you can see local bands, fire breathers, or other entertainers performing in the streets. In Phoenix, take your own self-guided art tour up Roosevelt St. and Grand Ave., where some of the best local galleries are located.
There are nearly two dozen Native American tribes that continue to maintain strong traditions here. The diverse cultural heritage influences everything from the delicious Southwestern cuisine to the variety of museums and art galleries in the city.
The shopping in Phoenix is as diverse and interesting as its people. You can find one-of-a-kind souvenirs, such as handmade jewelry and pottery, as well as paintings by local artisans, at specialty shops in the area. If an exclusive, upscale shopping and dining experience is what you’re looking for, visit Biltmore Fashion Park in the center of the historic Biltmore District. And Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the top tourist destinations in Arizona.
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, sports fan, or art lover, Phoenix has something special to offer. And if you just want to relax and take in the amazing scenery of the Sonoran desert, that’s fine too.