This capital city of the state of Arizona is the most populous state capital in the entire United States, as well as one of the largest in terms of land area. A desert city, Phoenix is the center of a bigger Phoenix Metropolitan Area known as the Valley of the Sun. It is one of the gateway cities to the Grand Canyon National Park.
Despite its subtropical desert climate, the city originally developed as a thriving agricultural community. Phoenix today has since grown its economy through its construction, aerospace and financial service industries. Phoenix is home to many multinational companies’ headquarters.
The city of Phoenix averages 211 days of sunshine per year. The rest of the days are cloudy or partly cloudy with very little rainy days. With its vast lands and this arid climate, the city’s main points of interest are its many outdoor attractions. Tourists come to enjoy its national parks and numerous hiking trails and find animal species and wildlife in their natural habitats.
Another top tourist attraction in Phoenix is golf. The city that enjoys sunny weather throughout the year has over 200 golf courses for golf enthusiasts. It is clearly one of the country’s top golf destinations.
If the desert climate becomes too hot for comfort and outdoor activities, visitors to the city also have a wide selection of places that are worth visiting. There are many things to do in this sunny city, you can take a concert at The Phoenix Symphony or a show at the Arizona Theatre Company or the Mesa Arts Centre.
When planning your visit to Phoenix, here are some of the places that are definitely worth a visit:
Desert Botanical Garden
This is 140-acre garden established in 1939, features plant life of the Sonoran Desert and other arid lands around the world. It has more than 21,000 plants, including 139 species which are rare. The gardens are showcased and arranged according to different ecosystems.
Heard Museum is a world famous museum celebrating Native American cultures and arts, especially those of Arizona and New Mexico. The Heard Museum is not just a history museum, it is a living museum featuring both artifacts and contemporary art of Native cultures. Be sure to check out the amazing collection of Hopi Kachina dolls. The Heard also several annual events including the Spanish Market held in November to feature arts such as pottery, embroidery, silver and tinwork by Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico.
Phoenix Art Museum
Considered as Southwest United States’ largest art museum, the Phoenix Art Museum holds an impressive collection of 16,000 artworks with an emphasis on American, Asian, Latin American, and modern and contemporary. The museum also hosts community programs and festivals, all year round. Admission is free on the first Friday evening of every month.
Arizona Science Center
The Arizona Science Center is located in Heritage and Science Park in the heart of downtown Phoenix. It has over 350 permanent hands-on exhibits and interactive experiences on science and technology. The Center also provides regular shows in the Dorrance Planetarium and in the new, five-story, giant screen IMAX Theater.
The main air gateway to Arizona is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It is approximately 5 km from downtown Phoenix. It is also a hub for US Airways and Southwest Airlines. There are bus services that goes to and from the downtown area, as well as an airport shuttle service that will get you from the airport to anywhere in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Car rental services are also available.
Phoenix is a very car-centered city. If you plan to stay or visit any of the cities on the periphery of the metro area, a rental car will likely be required. However, if you plan to stick to the Tempe-Downtown Phoenix area, the Light Rail is a viable option, with an all-day adult pass. Taxis are typically fairly easy to find in proximity to major Light-Rail stops and in popular areas.
Whether you’re planning for a golf trip or a spa getaway in one of Phoenix’s palm-filled garden resorts, there’s definitely more to see in this sun-drenched city.
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