PHOENIX – THE DESERT LIFESTYLE AND CULTURE ABOUND
Phoenix is located in Central Arizona in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. With a population of over 1.5 million people, Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the United States. Phoenix shares a border with many towns and cities, including Scottsdale and Paradise Valley.
Phoenix is a sprawling metropolis that continues to grow. From exciting high-rise developments to loft living, Downtown Phoenix is going through a transformation. Currently, the construction of the Light Rail is underway and the first route should be up and running in December of 2008. Outside of downtown, there are dozens of wonderful communities and neighborhoods to choose from, such as Arcadia, the Biltmore and the Desert Ridge area.
Phoenix is a golf mecca with dozens of challenging and beautiful private and public courses. In addition, it is home to some spectacular resorts such as the world-famous Phoenician and the Arizona Biltmore. Shopping is easy to come by in Phoenix with the Biltmore Fashion Park and dozens of smaller shopping malls with boutiques and chain stores alike.
Phoenix is home to a large variety of cultural attractions and sports teams. From the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden to the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum, there are plenty of things to explore and enrich your mind.
For the sports fans, Phoenix is the home to multiple professional sports teams – The Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Cardinals, the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Coyotes. Two of the major sports venues, Chase Field (baseball) and the US Airways Center (basketball), are located downtown and the new University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona hosted the Superbowl in 2008 and again in 2014.
If you like hiking, Phoenix is home to Camelback Mountain, an immediately recognizable landmark in the skyline. While the hike can be challenging, the views from the top are phenomenal. For less-experienced hikers, there are several other areas to enjoy.