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Things are different in the desert- the sky is bigger, the stars are brighter and the sunsets stop you in your tracks. Come to Greater Phoenix and you’ll understand why is that. America’s sixth-largest city still has real cowboys and rugged mountains and the kind of cactus most people see only in cartoons. Phoenix is the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and its history is a testament to the spirit of puebloans, ranchers, miners and visionaries. Enjoy resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls, stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles and restaurants. Phoenix got it all!
Immense Phoenix indoor and outdoor attractions and museums are not to be missed. Visit Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden. It has one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. Here you will find 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits, a home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world. There is no finer place to enjoy desert beauty than the Desert Botanical Garden. The Garden is located in Papago Park in Central Phoenix. No doubt, The Desert Botanical Garden as well as the Heard Museum offer unique South-western experiences, while Phoenix Art Museum and SMOCA appeal to contemporary art types.
Besides, by foot, by bike/car, or even by horse, there’s no shortage of mountain trails, some right in the city and some in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Climb iconic Camelback Mountain, see the cityscape from Piestawa Peak, or head to South Mountain for over 50 miles of trails.
Hiking and Biking are the most popular ways to see saguaro cacti, red rocks and desert arroyos, no matter what part of town. Hiking either the Echo Canyon or Cholla trails on Camelback Mountain, the most iconic outline on the horizon, is not to be missed, particularly for the intermediate-to-advanced athlete.
Joyfully, after you have experienced all that, you can relax on a golf course, in a spa or shopping, because the Phoenix area is known for all three.
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There are so many wonderful restaurants in the Phoenix area to choose from. Whether you feel like steak and potatoes, Mexican food, or you have a craving for seafood or Italian, there's sure to be a place you can enjoy nearby. These restaurant listings are organized by location for your convenience.
When it comes to dining at luxury resorts in Phoenix, the Arizona Grand Resort stands out with seven unique dining venues that satisfy every taste. From steaks to southwestern dancing to sports bar touchdowns, the Arizona Grand Resort satisfies your craving for authentic food in a memorable indoor and outdoor patio atmosphere. Our newest dining options include The Lobby Grill, The Lobby Bar and the Marketplace Café.
Shopping in Phoenix
With Phoenix being situated in the middle of the desert, it can get pretty hot during the day. Happily, most of Phoenix's shopping is found indoors in huge air-conditioned malls, so you can shop in complete comfort. Scottsdale and Biltmore are the main shopping districts in Phoenix, with the latter home to the upscale Biltmore Fashion Park. Arizona’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination, Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers the ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. It perfectly combines modern conveniences and style to create a shopping setting that radiates with vibrant energy.
Sunny weather is the number 1 reason why visitors come to Greater Phoenix. According to data compiled by the National Climatic Data Center, Greater Phoenix basks in sunshine during 85 percent of the daylight hours- more often than any other major metropolitan area in the United States.
Phoenix’s average annual temperature is 72 degrees, and the average annual high is 85 degrees. The average high in winter is 67 degrees, and highs frequently flirt with 80 in the spring and fall. And it doesn’t rain much. In Phoenix rains less than 8 inches a year, which means the weather is ideal for hiking, lounging poolside or watching a spring training baseball game.
What about summer? Summer in Phoenix is very hot. The Sonoran Desert’s super-low humidity means 90-degree temperatures feel quite nice, and the arid climate causes perspiration to evaporate quickly, keeping you cooler and drier. And here’s another hot tip: Summer is the best time to find great rates at Greater Phoenix’s hotels and resorts.
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