This desert capital may have been established in the 19th century, but today, its ever-expanding urban sprawl is blurring the lines between it and the surrounding cities like Glendale, Tempe and ritzy Scottsdale. Still, heading ether north or south from the center of Phoenix should take you to less populated areas where hiking and mountain-biking ... Read more
are just a few of the outdoor activities residents and visitors to the Valley of the Sun love. Arizona State is located near student-laden Tempe, and the surrounding bars and clubs are some of the best places to jump back into the college partying scene. Mesa is your go-to place for museums, while Phoenix itself offers an opera, symphony, theaters, and three fantastic museums, including the world-famous Phoenix Art Museum.

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While much of the country starts to get cozy indoors in preparation for the cold winter, the residents of the Phoenix area head outside. Temperatures in the summer can be sweltering, with averages in the triple ... Read more
digits, but the winters cool off and provide perfect weather for picnics and hiking under clear blue skies. Keep in mind that many a snowbird stumbles south during this time, so you will need to book hotels early. Temperatures quickly rise in the spring, but this can be a good time to snag a good resort deal.

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Klang

This was very pleasure to receive the gifts from Gogobot and appreciate all the efforts as well as can help friends to know more my places.

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San Diego

From cactus flowers, to ombre sunsets, to mountains for days, Arizona is such a natural beauty. Great for hiking and getting outside. However, the summers are brutal...so freakishly hot... Downtown Phoenix is actually really up and coming. It has rapidly progressed culturally in the past decade. Lots of modern restaurants, hotels, and galleries.

My Tip--- Drink lots of water.

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Huntington Beach

Great place to visit and great place to live. Get here while home prices are still low. Home of Arizona State University which is quickly growing into one of the largest universities in the world.

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Huntington Beach

Best city on west coast! If your into an insanely fun nightlife, check out old town Scottsdale!! Thur-sat are best, but all nights are happening.!.!!:)

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Schenectady

Phoenix and Surrounds is area rich in history dating back more than 1500 years ago. Now a spading metro city it would days to explore and a lifetime to understanding the area. Disability access is depending on what you choose to do. Disability parking is limited in some areas. You will need at least 3 days to get a feel for this city.

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Local from Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona is enjoying an urban renewal like no other! Hipsters, students, and convention goers have got to love the funky stores and galleries popping up like wildflowers all up and down Roosevelt Street between 5th Street and 7th Street. No other city boasts as many nearby outdoor hikes and climbs, either. There are hundreds within ten minutes of the city center. The children's museum of phoenix and hole-in-the-rock are perfect for families with little ones!

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New York City

This desert city and its luxury-shop-lined enclave Scottsdale (sometime called Snottsdale) likely made the top 20 thanks to its rep for tan denizens with confident golf swings. This year, however, the Arizona capital is boosting its crowd-pleasing potential by bringing the Super Bowl to town; the city also hosts the biggest PGA tourney of the year near the luxurious Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The brick-oven pies at Pizzeria Bianco have also made Phoenix a destination for pizza snobs. Insiders know to go at lunch, when you get the same menu but much shorter waits.

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Melbourne

Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona, and also the capital of the state. It is a sprawling desert city of about one and a half million people. It is known for it's architecture, and was the winter home for the celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Phoenix is home to Frank Lloyd Wright architectural school. And this preeminent architectural institution draws many talented architects from across America.

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Local from Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix has undergone many shifts and changes over the past decade but has grown to become a thriving and ever-changing city. There is much to be seen and much to do. With the addition of a light rail system to the area, getting from Mesa (about 20 miles away) to Tempe (home of ASU) to the Sky Harbor Airport on to Phoenix is not an issue any longer. If you come to visit, don't just head to Scottsdale and Tempe, come see what Phoenix has to offer. The ever changing exhibitions at the local art, science and history museums are well worth the visit. There are monthly First Friday events on Roosevelt Street, and the traditional older and inventive new restaurants and bars that are popping up all over downtown Phoenix make it such a great place to visit and live.

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Local from Phoenix

Cory Pines is approximately one and a half hours drive from Phoenix. The roads are good. Have you seen the high desert? Well here is your chance. Don't miss out. Prescott is historical, and by Arizona measures, so is Cory Pines.

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