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About Phoenix

Phoenix is the hub of the rapidly growing American Southwest and the heart of a metropolitan area of more than 3.5 million people. The city, now the fifth-largest in the U.S., is a curious but delightful mix of Old West and New World.

You can whoop it up at a cowboy steak joint, pamper yourself at a world-class resort, relax at a dude ranch or dance the night away at one of the area's swanky night spots.

The name Phoenix — a legendary Egyptian symbol of rebirth — was chosen because the city was built on the ruins of the Hohokam civilization whose farmers dug irrigation canals still in use today.

Although city tourism promoters brand Phoenix as the "Valley of the Sun," most locals just refer to it as the Valley — as in the Salt River Valley, the region's official name. Covering over 2,000 square miles, Greater Phoenix is actually is larger than Los Angeles geographically. The city is both the capital of Arizona and the Maricopa County seat.

The Valley's explosive growth began during World War II when military airfields were built in the area for the near-perfect flying weather. Many defense industries followed. Luke Air Force Base, west of Phoenix, is still a major training center for fighter pilots today.

Orientation

Greater Phoenix is located in the Sonoran Desert. Downtown Phoenix is flanked by the upscale city of Scottsdale to the east and north; and rapidly growing towns like Glendale and Peoria to the west.

The southern edge of the Valley is bordered by South Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the world. Beyond the mountain are the fashionable bedroom communities of Ahwatukee and Chandler. Further east are the college town of Tempe (home of Arizona State Univ.) as well as Mesa and Gilbert.

Climate

What's so special about the weather in Phoenix? For starters, the Valley averages 300 days of sunshine a year. Despite the desert locale, daytime temperatures between November and April range from the upper 40s to 80s.

Temperatures start to inch up toward the 90s and beyond in May. Occasional rain in the winter months is not unusual nor are temperatures dipping below freezing at night. Winter snow is virtually unheard of in Phoenix, but it can get cold enough for a heavy parka.

Summer, of course, is another matter.

If you visit between May and October, be aware that it gets very, very hot. (Bemused residents say the summers are equivalent to east coast winters in terms of the misery index!) Phoenix averages triple digits for much of June through September.

On top of the summer heat, the air turns uncomfortably humid in mid-July due to monsoon conditions characterized by towering cumulus clouds, sudden dust storms and occasional downpours. The humidity is generally not as bad as, say, Washington D.C. or Chicago on a hot July afternoon. But, trust us, it gets darn muggy, especially in August and early September.

Quick facts

• Time Zone — Mountain Standard Time. Arizona (like Hawaii) doesn't switch to summer daylight-saving time. Seven hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-7 GMT).

• Area Codes — 602 for downtown and central Phoenix; 480 for east Phoenix and 623 for west Phoenix.

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  Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa  [MAP IT]
A Valley landmark since 1929, the Arizona Biltmore recently completed a $50 million renovation and expansion. Regarded as one of the finest resorts in the world, the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired property - nicknamed "The Jewel of the Desert" - occupies 39 beautifully landscaped acres at the foot of Squaw Peak Mountain. The resort also has one of the best swimming pools in town. Private cabanas are available for a fee. Location: 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix 85016. Phone: 1-800-950-0086.

Arizona Science Center  [MAP IT]
This facility is one of downtown Phoenix's crown jewels. Aimed at visitors of all ages, with an emphasis on children, the center features a multitude of hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and large-screen theater. It also has a food court and gift shop. Location: 600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix 85004. Phone: 602-716-2000. Open daily.

Desert Botanical Garden  [MAP IT]
The Desert Botanical Garden is dedicated to the exhibition, education and conservation of desert plant life. The outdoor museum pays particular attention to plants native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. Nearly 20,000 plants can be seen along the four trails of the garden. Many of these bloom during the spring, the colorful wildflower season. Location: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Phone: (480) 941-1225.

Heard Museum  [MAP IT]
This is a "must see" attraction. The world-renowned museum is devoted to Native American art and culture. The Heard houses an extensive collection of historic and contemporary art and historical exhibits. Special performances by dancers and artists. 22 East Monte Vista, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone: (602) 252-8840. Open daily.

Papago Park  [MAP IT]
The red buttes of the Papago Mountains are the perfect backdrop to all that Papago Park offers. Located on 1,200 acres, visitors to the park enjoy biking and hiking trails, picnic areas and fishing ponds. Location: Galvin Parkway and Van Buren Street, Phoenix. Phone: (602) 256-3220.

Phoenix Art Museum  [MAP IT]
The largest in the Southwest, the Museum features over 16,000 works in its collection of American, European, Asian, Latin American, Contemporary, and Western American art, and fashion design. Location: 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone: (602) 257-1222.

Phoenix Zoo  [MAP IT]
The Phoenix Zoo, one of the nation's largest non-profit zoological parks, is home to more than 1300 animals, including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals and reptiles from around the world. Visit the Zoo's four distinctive trails: Arizona Trail, Tropics Trail, Discovery Trail and Africa Trail. Visit Harmony Farm to experience life on a working farm and see Desert Lives, showcasing the bighorn sheep and Arabian Oryx in natural desert environments. Location: 455 N. Galvin Parkway (in Papago Park), Phoenix, AZ 85072. Phone: (602) 273-1341. Open daily.

Rawhide Wild West Town  [MAP IT]
There are gunslingers on the street, panhandlers hunting for gold and steaks sizzling on the grill. It can only be Rawhide, a replica of a western town that both children and adults will enjoy. Games, Attractions, Stunt Shows, Stagecoach & Train Rides, Live & Mechanical Bull Riding, Horseback Riding, Specialty Shops, even Jeep Tours. Eating establishments include the Steakhouse & Sundown Cookouts all dished up to live music. Location: 23023 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Phone: (480) 563-5600. Hours: Seasonal - call for current hours.

South Mountain Park  [MAP IT]
South Mountain is the largest municipal park in the world. Its hiking trails will accommodate all skill levels. The 16,500-acre park is home to more than 300 specimens of plant life and a wide variety of fauna, including rabbits, foxes, coyotes, snakes, lizards and birds. The park features picnic areas and ramadas, hiking trails and spectacular lookouts. Location: The main entrance to the park is about seven miles south of downtown Phoenix. From Phoenix or the west Valley, drive south on Central Avenue until it ends. Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Front gate is closed at 10:30 p.m. Phone: (602) 495-0222.

Scottsdale  [MAP IT]
Believe it or not, only Santa Fe and New York City have more art galleries than Scottsdale. The city is home to more than 120 art galleries, most of which are located in the downtown art and shopping district. The cultural heart of the city is the Scottsdale Center of the Arts, which hosts 25 major art exhibits and hundreds of other events and performances each year. In the realm of performing arts, the Center regularly hosts performances by the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, traveling Broadway musicals, modern dance groups, and local theater companies. Key locations in Scottsdale are Historic Old Town, Main Street and Marshall Way.

 
 

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Sightseeing in Phoenix

Needless to say, you could spend weeks exploring all of the attractions Phoenix has to offer - and still not see everything. To help you decide, we've listed what we consider among the best of the best.

Can't miss sightseeing spots include the world-renowned Heard Museum, the Arizona Science Center (your kids will love it), the Desert Botanical Garden (a perfect choice during the spring wildflower season) and the nearby Apache Trail.

Downtown Phoenix

Heard Museum
Open daily. World-renowned museum devoted to Native American art and culture. The museum houses an extensive collection of historic and contemporary art and historical exhibits. Special performances by dancers and artists. 22 East Monte Vista, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone: (602) 252-8840.

Heritage Square
This collection of historic buildings date back to the late 1880s and were part of Phoenix's original development. They include the Victorian Rosson House, Carriage House, Teeter House Tea Room and the Arizona Doll & Toy Museum. Located between 6th and 7th streets near the Science Center. 115 N. 6th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone: (602) 262-5029. Call for tour hours and admission information.

Phoenix Museum of History
The Phoenix Museum of History is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting the early history of Phoenix. Visitors of all ages enjoy interactive and educational exhibits showcasing Phoenixís metamorphosis from a dusty desert town to a modern metropolis. Now in its seventh decade, come discover how time and place have influenced modern Phoenix, and the stories of the city's exciting and colorful past. 105 N. 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone: (602) 253-2734. The museum is located in Downtown Copper Square at the Heritage & Science Park, between 5th & 7th Streets, and Monroe & Washington Streets.

Phoenix Art Museum
The largest in the Southwest, the Museum features over 16,000 works in its collection of American, European, Asian, Latin American, Contemporary, and Western American art, and fashion design. 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone: (602) 257-1222.

Pueblo Grande Museum
Near downtown Phoenix, the museum showcases life as it was 2,000 years ago in the Sonoran Desert. The Indians we now call the Hohokam settled in the area about the time of Christ, and disappeared mysteriously around AD 1450. 4619 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034. Phone: (602) 945-0901. Open daily.

Kid stuff

Arizona Science Center
This facility is one of downtown Phoenix's crown jewels. Trust us, your kids will love this place! Aimed at visitors of all ages, with an emphasis on children, the center features a multitude of hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and large-screen theater. It also has a food court and gift shop. 600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Open daily 10am-5pm. Admission varies.

Phoenix Zoo
The zoo, one of the nation's largest non-profit zoological parks, is home to more than 1,300 animals, including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals and reptiles from around the world. Visit the Zoo's four distinctive trails: Arizona Trail, Tropics Trail, Discovery Trail and Africa Trail. Visit Harmony Farm to experience life on a working farm and see Desert Lives, showcasing the bighorn sheep and Arabian Oryx in natural desert environments. 455 N. Galvin Parkway (in Papago Park), Phoenix, AZ 85072. Phone: (602) 273-1341. Open daily.

Rawhide Wild West Town
A great place for locals and tourists who want a taste of the (fun) Old West. Highlights include street skits and mock gunfights, train rides through the desert, a petting zoo and stage show, and an old-timey saloon and steakhouse. 23023 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85261. Phone: (480) 563-5600.

Nearby

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Sixty prehistoric Hohokam sites including a 4-story earthen building built about 650 years ago. Interpretive walking tours, exhibits and picnicking. A 400-yard round trip, self-guiding walking trail leads through the Ruins area. 1100 Ruins Drive, Coolidge, AZ 85228. Phone: (520) 723-3172. Open daily 8am-5pm.

Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden is dedicated to the exhibition, education and conservation of desert plant life. The outdoor museum pays particular attention to plants native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. Nearly 20,000 plants can be seen along the four trails of the garden. Many of these bloom during the spring, the colorful wildflower season. 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Phone: (480) 941-1225.

Taliesin West
This is a must-see destination for architecture buffs. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the home was the architect's primary residence for 20 years. It's a National Historic Landmark and a mecca to architecture students and Wright devotees from around the world. 12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85261. Phone: (480) 860-2700. Guided tours with discussion of Wright's architectural concepts.

Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Walking the pathway at the center is like being between two worlds. This was a place where Native Americans traveled over the centuries to make tools and etch petroglyphs in basalt boulders nestled in the hills. The center features a museum, nature & interpretive trails and rock sites with over 1,500 petroglyphs. 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85080. Phone: (623) 582-8007.

Apache Trail
One of the best scenic drives near Phoenix is the historic Apache Trail, a 48-mile route that snakes along a chain of man-made lakes on the Salt River. Best of all, part of the trail makes for a very easy day trip.

Tortilla Flat
A small, historic town (population 6) that began in 1904 as a stage coach stop along the Apache Trail. The town is composed of the Superstition Saloon, a post office and an ice cream shop. 1 Main Street, Tortilla Flat, AZ 95290. Phone: (480) 984-1776. The town is open 10am-5pm daily.

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