Phoenix is the capital city of Arizona and is located in the central region of the state. People may know it for its year-round sun, desert beauty, and world-class resorts and golf, but as the fifth-largest city in the U.S., it also offers sophisticated Southwest culture and lots of outdoor adventure.
The “Valley of the Sun,” as Phoenicians refer to it, is surrounded by mountain parks—in fact, South Mountain Park and Preserve is the largest municipal park in the U.S.—so it’s easy to get out and enjoy the flora, fauna, and some incredible views (and sunsets). And, although Phoenix is in the Sonoran Desert, there are six lakes close to the city.
For those who prefer indoor pursuits, Phoenix has some unique museums:
- The Heard Museum celebrates Native American art and culture;
- Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West features the art and history of the Old West and,
- The Musical Instrument Museum, the largest museum of its kind in the world, hosts over 15,000 instruments from 200 countries.
Greater Phoenix has become a hotspot for local cuisine of every conceivable variety and for beverages that are brewed, distilled, or fermented.
For more information about Phoenix and all it has to offer, go to VisitPhoenix.com.