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If you're seeking sun, then this chunk of the Sonoran Desert is a little piece of heaven, where the sun shines (pretty much) every day. Here, you can enjoy outdoor activities or just relax in the city of Phoenix, neighbouring Scottsdale and the surrounding towns in Maricopa County.
According to the 2010 U.S. census, Phoenix is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. You wouldn't necessarily think that based on the city's downtown core, which has the laid-back attitude of much smaller place.
With the city investing in a new Metro rail system to drive downtown development, you'll notice restaurants and bars, boutiques and galleries are all starting to take up residence in the historic mid-century buildings and bungalows. They bring an energy that suggests this city is ready for a renaissance, a cultural rebirth.
Bumping up against Phoenix's eastern edge, Scottsdale is the affluent neighbour, often described as Arizona's version of Beverly Hills. The designation is certainly fair if you include the adjacent town of Paradise Valley, nestled up to Scottsdale to the north.
The Scottsdale-Paradise Valley area's primary economic engine is the high-end tourism industry. It has developed into a destination known for five-star resorts, destination spas and golf courses. There's also an impressive restaurant and gallery scene built around a central pedestrian-friendly walkway.
Even at its most hectic, this is a place that seems to know how to relax, kick back by the pool, enjoy great restaurant meals, swing a golf club and enjoy a ballgame. The stressful urban lifestyle seen in other cities doesn't seem to exist in this corner of the Sonoran Desert. It must be all that sunshine.
Phoenix is a fantastic destination for:
- spa and wellness
- shopping and dining
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