Phoenix – Arizona’s Valley of the Sun
The city of Phoenix is the capital as well as the largest city in Arizona State in United States of America. At an elevation of 331 meters above sea level, the city is home to 1,445,632 residents, who make it the most populous state capital in the United States and sixth most populous city nationwide. The city is the 13th largest metropolitan area in United States in terms of population also among the largest cities in United States, in terms of land area. An agricultural community which thrived near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers in1867 was the old inhabitants of Phoenix, before the present city was formed in 1881. Currently, the city serves as the cultural center of the state. The history of Phoenix goes back to more than 2,000 years when it was under the jurisdiction of the Hohokam people. The city became a part of the New Mexico Territory after the Mexican-America war in 1848. The present city was founded by Jack Swilling who was a Confederate veteran of the Civil War. English is the official language spoken by majority of people.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the major international airport in Phoenix and all flights scheduled for Phoenix land at this airport. This is among the ten busiest airports in United States that operate more than 1,000 flights and caters to more than 110,000 people in a day. Featuring a hot desert climate, the city experiences long, hot dry summer and short and cool winter. While June is the driest month, July is the wettest and January is the coolest month of the year. The best time to visit the city is during the months from November to April which is the peak tourist season. This is also the priciest season to visit the city. During the rest of the year, the city is dominated by dry heat. While tourists can visit during these months as well, but should avoid outdoor activities. Some of the major festivals celebrated here are - Arizona State Fair from October-November, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series held in November & February, Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake in October, West of Western Culinary Festival celebrated in March, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in the month of January and July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival in July.
Offering abundant of cultural, heritage and natural attractions, Phoenix is the best city in Arizona from tourism perspective. Heard Museum, devoted to the art and culture of the Indian people is a major attraction. The museum exhibits include basketwork, pottery, textiles, and a large collection of kachina dolls among other things. The home of famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin west is another important attraction. Desert Botanical Garden is a unique garden which showcases desert type vegetation from different parts of the world. Spreading on an area of 140 acres, the cactus garden inside the park is a major draw.
Heritage Square (among the oldest parts of the city), Mystery Castle, Phoenix Art Museum (displaying art of the European Renaissance and Baroque along with Far East, and the American West), Hall of Flame Fire Museum, Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Science Center (having hundreds of interactive exhibits), Papago Park (a beautiful park featuring fishing lagoons, zoo, botanical garden, golf park etc), Arizona State Capitol Museum, Phoenix Zoo and South Mountain Park are the major sightseeing places tourists should not miss in Phoenix.
Eating and Shopping
Similar to most of the Western town, the original restaurants in Phoenix were the steakhouses. Today the city is very famous for its Mexican food. Abundant restaurants, cafes, eating joints and find dining restaurants are available all over the city that serves cuisine from all over the world. There are few restaurants like the Stockyards steakhouse, Macayo's, Garcia’s and Manuel's which are more than 50 years old and continue to win the hearts of the people through their food. The vast range of cuisines offered here is a testimony to the vivid and colorful culture amalgam of the city. From Thai to Africa, Indian to Korean, all kinds of food is available here. The city is exceptionally popular for its nightlife and thousands of pubs can be found all over the city.
Phoenix is a delightful shopping destination offering wide range of stuff for all travellers. If you are a brand freak then there are end numbers of brand outlets from all over the world. Scottsdale Fashion Square, Phoenix Premium Outlets, Kierland Commons and Desert Ridge Marketplace are the most expensive shopping destinations in the city filled with top designer shops and luxury brands. If you are travelling on budget then go to Biltmore Fashion Park and downtown Phoenix. Curated ‘Love Local’ treasure box, vintage artifacts, designer clothes and locally made home accents are some of the things you can buy in Phoenix.
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