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Known for plentiful sun and warm year-round temperatures, visitors flock to Phoenix for its luxury resorts, golf courses, and desert landscapes.
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The most populous city in Arizona, Phoenix is a luxury escape for snowbirds during the cold of winter. Its year-round temperatures—and its Salt River Valley location—helped coin the city’s nickname: “Valley of the Sun.” Dozens of golf courses and lovely desert vistas lend a distinct atmosphere to the sprawling metropolis. The native plants of local ecosystems are on prominent display at the Desert Botanical Garden, and eclectic local museums offer air-conditioned refuge from the heat. Phoenix has recently experienced a culinary renaissance, with gourmet restaurants and hidden gem eateries popping up to cater to tourists and locals alike.
The Desert Botanical Gardens focuses on native desert flora and houses more than 50,000 plants, including 379 endangered species. Regular tours are interspersed with special exhibitions and educational classes for all ages.
Visit the largest publicly owned, nonprofit zoo in the U.S. The Phoenix Zoo encompasses 125 acres of animal habitats centered around four themes: Arizona, Africa, Tropics, and a Children’s Trail that contains a petting zoo.
Hike Camelback Mountain, reaching higher than 2,700 feet in elevation. The peak can be summited by two trails of varying steepness. Easier trails are accessible from the base, as well as a popular rock climbing formation.
Arizona’s desert climate ensures that while summers can top 100°F, winter is the perfect time to plan a Phoenix trip. The best temperatures occur from November through April, when mid 70s and low 80s make outdoor activities pleasant but manageable.