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Valley of the Sun

Enjoy sun-filled days year-round, soaking in the Phoenix area's natural beauty, exhilarating adventures, amazing golf, authentic culture, world-class dining, shopping, nightlife and more.

Spanish and Mexican culture has always been as much a part of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert as the Saguaro cactus. Mexico remains Arizona's most significant cultural partner. Today, Arizona abounds with authentic Mexican art, architecture, entertainment. Babe Sarver / Greater Phoenix CVB
From sun-up to sundown and well into the night, Copper Square provides a truly unique urban environment. Delight in the aromas and tastes of over 90 restaurants, bars, and markets. Expand your horizons with museums, live theater, and music events. City of Phoenix
Spending a day on the water might not be the first thing you'd think about doing in Greater Phoenix. Yet several lakes are within a 90-minute drive of the city, offering water sports and breathtaking sights. William Hawkes / Greater Phoenix CVB
The Phoenix Museum of History, located in Downtown Phoenix, showcases the city's early history with interactive and educational exhibits. Greater Phoenix CVB
Outdoor recreational opportunities, such as biking, are plentiful throughout the Greater Phoenix area. Perfect weather conditions allow outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the Sonoran-Desert landscape year-round. Harry Karidis / Greater Phoenix CVB
The Arizona Diamondbacks play 81 home games per year inside Chase Field, the only Major League stadium with a pool and Jacuzzi just beyond the outfield wall. The stadium seats more than 48,000 fans. Greater Phoenix CVB
The Orpheum Theatre is a Spanish Baroque Revival playhouse, built in 1929. It once saw the likes of Mae West and W.C. Fields. Its marquee at Second Ave and Adams Street again announces the names of first class productions, drawing thousands of people to a vibrant show. Orpheum Theatre
Guided horseback tours among cacti and other wildlife allow you to experience the thrilling days of the Old West while enjoying the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. www.peterjordanphoto.com
Petroglyphs, or ancient rock drawings, are an indication of the cultures that inhabited Phoenix before the city grew to be the fifth-largest in the U.S. Bob Rink / Greater Phoenix CVB
Picture yourself having a rip roarin' cowboy cookout under the stars. Add a Country Western band, a quick-draw contest, an Old West casino or line-dance lessons, and experience a taste of the real West. Jeff Noble / Greater Phoenix CVB
The Superstition Mountains are known for the Legend of the Lost Dutchman, a gold miner who sealed up his find, never to return. The area is also home to some great rock climbing, and is a perfect place for peace and relaxation. William Hawkes / Greater Phoenix CVB