Thousands of years of history, abundant Native American influences, and a stunning setting in the “Valley of the Sun” have given rise to Phoenix, the 6th-largest city in the U.S. An average of 310 sunny days per year grants Phoenix its reputation as America’s sunniest metropolis and encourages visitors to explore the city’s spectacular Sonoran Desert scenery.
Downtown Phoenix features stylish hotels, critically acclaimed restaurants and fascinating museums, including the Heard Museum, showcasing the culture and art of Southwest Native Americans. One of the few cities in the country with franchises for all four major professional sports leagues, Phoenix invites hotel guests to take in a game at Chase Field, US Airways Center or Sun Devil Stadium.
Visitors to nearby Scottsdale will find stunning hotels and resorts and upscale shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square, as well as authentic Southwestern jewelry, blankets and other souvenirs in the Old Town area. Nature enthusiasts can explore the world’s most ecologically diverse desert at the Desert Botanical Garden, where more than 50,000 native plants are on display.
To truly grasp the beauty of the area’s rugged mountain setting, take in a sunset while visiting South Mountain Park and Preserve, the world’s largest municipal park, or play a round at one of the area’s more than 200 golf courses.