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Phoenix Introduction


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Phoenix, Arizona, is a truly modern city—it didn't really boom until after World War II. Nonetheless, mixed among Phoenix's office towers and the abundance of resorts, spas and restaurants are museums dedicated to pre-Columbian, Native American and pioneer history. Though Phoenix proper is just one of several cities in the Valley of the Sun, it's the largest by far and serves as the center of the metropolitan area. The explosive, sprawling growth of the Phoenix metropolitan area—which includes Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, Peoria and Tempe—is due in part to its attractive desert location (cacti and mountains are never far from view) and in part to the city's refusal to respect the limitations a desert imposes.   Click here to see the full Phoenix travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phoenix Geography


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Located along the banks of the (usually dry) Salt River in central Arizona, Phoenix is a sprawling desert metropolitan area that extends from fashionable Scottsdale in the northeast to Glendale and a string of ever-expanding towns in the west. The university city of Tempe is sandwiched between Phoenix and Mormon-founded Mesa. Desert mountains surround the area, forming the Valley of the Sun.   Click here to see the full Phoenix travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phoenix History


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A sizable population of Hohokam people lived in the area from the 300s BC until the 1400s, developing a sophisticated network of irrigation canals. Although the end of the Hohokam civilization is something of a mystery, some believe that they abandoned the area after a period of severe floods and droughts.   Click here to see the full Phoenix travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phoenix Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Although most visitors go to Phoenix for the sun, golf courses or spas, the city does have a smattering of other attractions. Plan to spend a day downtown at two of the Southwest's top museums: the Phoenix Art Museum and the Heard Museum, which is considered one of the best museums in the country dedicated to Native American culture.   Click here to see the full Phoenix travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phoenix Nightlife


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Country music continues to be a staple in neighborhood bars throughout the valley; the blues have long been big, as well. Local jazz performers have a dedicated following, and pop acts spawned in Tempe's Mill Avenue clubs have gone on to regional and national recognition. Salsa and other Latin beats continue to be popular.   Click here to see the full Phoenix travel guide on Travel42 »

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Phoenix Restaurants & Dining


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If you want to dine well in Phoenix, chances are you'll be eating at one of the city's resorts, which means you'll enjoy fine dining in a luxurious setting. Phoenix's Camelback Road is another place where you'll find choice dining, as is the posh town of Scottsdale.   Click here to see the full Phoenix travel guide on Travel42 »

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