The Phoenix area has long been a center for agriculture, an oasis in the Sonoran Desert, but it wasn't until after World War II and the invention of air conditioning that the city of Phoenix experienced a boom that lasted decades. Now this burg is the fifth most populous city in the country, and it is the cultural center of the state of Arizona.
Make time for the performing arts when you travel. See how Phoenix puts its own spin on symphonies, dance ensembles, ballets, and more when you grab tickets to the Phoenix Symphony Hall or the Orpheum Theater. With plenty of venues for everything from plays to rock concerts, Phoenix might just be the perfect place to catch a show you've been dying to see.
If you golf, Phoenix has a wide variety of courses where you can play a few holes. And if that manicured lawn is a little too tame for you, South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the country. This desert mountain reserve offers you the chance to experience the desert up close and personal, so take the time to learn a little about this amazing landscape. If you want to learn more, visit the Phoenix Botanical Garden, where you can get more information on desert flora.
Don't forget to check out your dining options as you plan your trip. Maybe after a desert hike you'll have the appetite to tackle one of Phoenix's famous steakhouses. Or perhaps some Mexican food, a local specialty being located so close to the border, will recharge you after a game of golf. You can find a wide variety of cuisines in Phoenix including Korean, Persian, Brazilian, good old-fashioned barbecue, and Tex-Mex, to name just a few.
Whether you have a big desert adventure planned or simply want to tour the city's neighborhoods and enjoy some great meals, the Valley of the Sun has incredible sights and sounds waiting for you.