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Phoenix


Phoenix, Arizona
Located in the Salt River Valley, which is sometimes known as the "Valley of the Sun", in central part of the state, Phoenix is the state capital and largest city of Arizona. As of the 2005, the estimated population of the city itself was 1,461,575, with an estimated 3,715,360 living within the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

The city has at an average elevation of 1,117 feet (340 meters), and is located in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert. The Salt River runs westward through Phoenix, but because of the desert climate and dams up river, the Salt River is normally dry - water only being present when water is released from dams that lie up river.

Attractions in the Phoenix area include:
Phoenix photographed from South Mountain


Phoenix Facts


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  • Professional sports franchises in Phoenix include the Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the NBA basketball team, the Phoenix Suns.

  • The main airport for Phoenix is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

  • Probably the most famous educational institution in Phoenix is the University of Phoenix. The University of Phoenix is a for-profit educational institution that specializes in adult education.

  • Phoenix is nicknamed "Arizona's Urban Heart", while the Phoenix metropolitan area is nicknamed "Valley of the Sun".

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Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona (Travel Guide)

By Lilia Menconi

MOON
Released: 2017-05-09
Paperback (250 pages)

Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona (Travel Guide)
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Make Your Escape with Moon Travel Guides!

Wander world-class museums, relax in Scottsdale's resorts, and hike through red rocks in the Valley of the Sun with Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona.
Inside you'll find:

  • Strategic itineraries, including a luxurious desert getaway, a family road trip, and a 10-day "Best of the Valley of the Sun"
  • Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Must-see attractions and off-beat ideas for making the most of your trip: Explore the local art scene, from Native American exhibits to contemporary galleries. Taste the best Sonoran-style cuisine this side of the Mexican border. Luxuriate in five-star resorts, world-class spas, and gourmet restaurants. Go stargazing in Sedona, or clubbing in Scottsdale. Browse new-agey shops or high-end boutiques, hike water-carved canyons and climb mountains, or go golfing at one of nearly 200 courses. Discover the rich culture of the Native American people who first settled the Valley, and venture to the leafy respite of Oak Creek Canyon to witness the red-rock monoliths
  • Honest advice from Phoenix local Lilia Menconi on when to go and where to stay, with special focus on the best resorts in the area
  • In-depth coverage of all three cities, including the Apache Trail and Superstition Mountains
  • Recommendations for visitors with disabilities and for traveling with kids
  • Thorough background on the culture, environment, wildlife, and history
With Moon's local insight, diverse activities, and expert tips on experiencing the best of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sedona, you can plan your trip your way!

Expanding your trip? Try Moon Arizona. Hitting the road? Try Moon Southwest Road Trip.

Fodor's Arizona & The Grand Canyon (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-05-15
Paperback (464 pages)

Fodor s Arizona & The Grand Canyon (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by local experts, Fodor's travel guides have been offering advice and professionally vetted recommendations for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

From the vastness of the Grand Canyon to Sedona’s red rocks and the living Sonoran Desert, Arizona’s landscapes are awe-inspiring. The state’s spectacular canyons, blooming deserts, raging rivers, petrified forests, and scenic mountains enthrall lovers of the outdoors in pursuit of hiking, rafting, golf, or picturesque spots to watch the sunset. In full-color throughout, Fodor's Arizona and the Grand Canyon helps travelers take advantage of the state's myriad pleasures, including outstanding museums and galleries, Navajo and Hopi cultural experiences, three national parks, and world-renowned spas.

This travel guide includes:

    PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information so they can travel with confidence
    ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE contains a brief introduction and spectacular color photos that capture the ultimate experiences and attractions throughout Arizona & The Grand Canyon
    UPDATED COVERAGE: The guide features the latest hotel and restaurant openings throughout the state, particularly the fast-growing Phoenix and Tuscan areas.
    ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Illustrated features advise travelers on how to experience some of Arizona's top outdoor activities: star-gazing; exploring canyons, deserts, mountains, flora, and fauna; and the ultimate Grand Canyon adventure, rafting the Colorado River. Spotlights highlight Phoenix-area golf, visiting Native American reservations, and the Wild West.
    INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Each chapter opens with an orientation map, the top reasons to go, and other essential information to help visitors plan their time effectively. Dining and Lodging map atlases in Phoenix and Tucson make locating a hotel or meal simple. A Top Picks chart for Grand Canyon hiking trails helps travelers choose a hike based on length, grade, trail conditions, time of year, and level of difficulty.
    DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Arizona and the Grand Canyon offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks in every category.
    COVERS: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Petrified Forest National Park, Monument Valley, Yuma, the Hoover Dam, Flagstaff, and more.

Day Trips® from Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler (Day Trips Series)

By Pam Hait

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Day Trips® from Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler (Day Trips Series)
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Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. This guide is packed with hundreds of exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover within a two-hour drive of these popular Arizona cities. With full trip-planning information, Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. helps makes the most of a brief getaway.

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Scottsdale, Glendale, and Mesa

By Charles Liu

Menasha Ridge Press
Released: 2018-03-19
Paperback (336 pages)

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Scottsdale, Glendale, and Mesa
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It’s Time to Take a Hike in Beautiful Arizona!

The best way to experience Phoenix is by hiking it! Get outdoors with Arizona writer and hiking expert Charles Liu as he helps you find and enjoy the top hikes within 60 miles of the city. These selected trails transport you to scenic overlooks, wildlife hot spots, ancient ruins, and petroglyphs that renew your spirit and recharge your body.

Explore some of the country’s finest city-owned wilderness preserves: Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, South Mountain Park/Preserve, and Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Hike at 7,000 feet at Brown’s Peak, Mount Ord, and Mount Peeley. See Arizona’s only Wild River Area at the Mazatzal Wilderness in Tonto National Forest. With Charles Liu as your guide, you’ll learn about the area and experience nature through 60 of Phoenix’s best hikes!

Each hike description features key at-a-glance information on distance, difficulty, scenery, traffic, hiking time, and more, so you can quickly and easily learn about each trail. Detailed directions, GPS-based trail maps, and elevation profiles help to ensure that you know where you are and where you’re going. Tips on nearby activities further enhance your enjoyment of every outing.

Whether you’re a local looking for new places to explore or a visitor to the area, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix provides plenty of options for a couple hours or a full day of adventure, all within about an hour from Phoenix and the surrounding communities.

RoadTrip America Arizona & New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips

By Rick Quinn

Imbrifex Books
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RoadTrip America Arizona & New Mexico:  25 Scenic Side Trips
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Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was "the Wickedest Town in the West" or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Pamper yourself at a spa in Taos or soak up the vibes at an "energy vortex" in the red rocks of Sedona. With this brand-new, up-to-date guide as your companion, all this and much, much more will be yours to discover and enjoy―one extra day at a time!

  • Stunning color imagery and photography throughout
  • Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest, mileage, and more
  • Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes by geographic region
  • Up-to-date insider tips for getting the most out of each route and staying safe
  • Phone numbers, websites and visitor info for parks, attractions, and out-of-the-ordinary lodging & dining
  • Researched and written by native Arizonan and adventure traveler Rick Quinn, whose road trips have taken him from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and San Francisco to Washington D.C. Photographer, travel writer, and anthropologist, Quinn is an expert on the topography, history, and culture of the American southwest and how best to enjoy its wonders by automobile.
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Insiders' Guide® to Phoenix & Scottsdale (Insiders' Guide Series)

By Michael Ferraresi

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Insiders  Guide® to Phoenix & Scottsdale (Insiders  Guide Series)
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Insiders' Guide to Phoenix & Scottsdale is the essential source for in-depth travel information for visitors and locals to these two thriving Arizona cities. Written by a local (and true insider), Insiders' Guide to Phoenix & Scottsdale offers a personal and practical perspective of Phoenix and Scottdale and surrounding environs that makes it a must-have guide for travelers as well as residents looking to rediscover their hometown. The 7th Edition features a full-color insert.

Food Lovers' Guide to® Phoenix & Scottsdale: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series)

By Katarina Kovacevic

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Food Lovers  Guide to® Phoenix & Scottsdale: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers  Series)
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The ultimate guide to the food scene in Phoenix and Scottsdale provides the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate local culinary offerings. Written for residents and visitors alike to find producers and purveyors of tasty local specialties, as well as a rich array of other, indispensable food-related information including: food festivals and culinary events; specialty food shops; farmers’ markets and farm stands; trendy restaurants and time-tested iconic landmarks; and recipes using local ingredients and traditions.

Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sedona (Moon Handbooks)

By Jeff Ficker

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Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sedona (Moon Handbooks)
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Longtime Phoenix journalist and Arizona Monthly co-founder Jeff Ficker has nearly a decade of experience covering Phoenix as a writer and editor. In Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, he covers the hot spots of the Valley of the Sun, including Phoenix's sandstone peaks, the red rocks and vortexes of Sedona, and the best golf courses and shopping Scottsdale has to offer. Discover the rich culture of the Native American tribes who first settled the Valley, venture north to the leafy respite of Oak Creek Canyon, marvel at larger-than-life cacti at the Desert Botanical Garden, or explore fossils at the Mesa Southwest Museum. Packed with information on the best dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona caters to a range of travel budgets. With unique travel strategies such as Desert Romance and Southwest Heritage, Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

A PERSONALIZED GUIDE TO SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

By Dr. Lew Deitch

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A PERSONALIZED GUIDE TO SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
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The greater Phoenix region hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors and part-time residents every year, especially during the mild desert summer. Of all the cities and towns in the Salt River Valley where Phoenix is the main city, Scottsdale has developed its reputation as the premier playground and winter visitor center as well as being a major retirement community. With over 250,000 full-time residents, Scottsdale prides itself in its Western spirit and in its urban beauty. The city maintains a strong Southwest architectural flavor with its Old Town harkening back to the days of the Wild West. The city hold to strict zoning codes and forbids neon signs, billboards or any form of signage that extends above the roofline. The city also maintains an extensive system of parks, paramount among them is the 12-mile interlocking parks replete with lakes along the flood channel of the Indian Bend Wash. It is a haven for migratory waterfowl and even has resident hawks and eagles. And with its walking and bicycle trails, it is the perfect recreational center. The McDowell Mountains, which are within the city provide a wild desert sanctuary for public enjoyment. Of the major five-star resort hotels in the greater Phoenix area, most of them proudly have Scottsdale addresses. This book is my personal guide to the enjoyment of Scottsdale whether you come for a few days or the entire winter season. It provides you with the finest in accommodation, dining and shopping recommendations based upon my 31-years as a resident combined with my local knowledge as a retired professor of geography and history. And among the many courses I taught at the University, my most popular was the Geography and History of Arizona and the Southwest. Unlike the big state guidebooks, this volume is dedicated to Scottsdale. But it also has great one-day or overnight trip recommendations for Sedona, Jerome, Prescott, Tucson and the Grand Canyon. Welcome to Scottsdale, "The West's Most Western Town."

Phoenix, Arizona: A Photographic Portrait

By Christine K. Bailey

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Phoenix, Arizona: A Photographic Portrait
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Phoenix, Arizona is a melange of old and new, where glass and steel structures share the city blocks with 19th century homes and the futuristic looking light rail train passes through historic neighborhoods. It is set in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by and interspersed with countless mountains and miles of desert landscape. Experience the diversity and breathtaking beauty of Phoenix as well as some of its most notable landmarks and points of pride through Paul Scharff s spectacular photography.


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