Welcome to Phoenix, AZ, also known as “The Valley of the Sun.” There is no question as to how this southwestern city came into its warm nickname.
Here, locals and visitors alike relish in an average annual temperature of a mild 75 degrees and over 300 days of glorious sunshine a year. More than three million people have flocked to the sunny state and call the city their permanent home. And the rest, well, they migrate here to escape the frigid winter chills throughout much of the United States.
A trip to Phoenix offers a kaleidoscope of colors painted across a dramatic landscape. The aura of arid ruggedness and verdant beauty are blended into one. With these desert surroundings, the state flower is—quite fittingly—a cactus blossom. The saguaro cactus, to be more specific. You’ll find this iconic flower blossoming in a mere 24 hours April through June on the ends of the towering spikey cacti. These white and red flowers are exceptional because the cactus is only found in the Sonoran Desert.
For adventurers who feel at one with the land, lace up your boots and feel the soil beneath the soles of your feet on the remarkable trails in Echo or Pima Canyon—which offer a variety of routes ideal for medium to difficult intensity hikers. Be on the lookout for wild animals like the roadrunner, great horned owl, coyote and bobcat.
Phoenix art aficionados can appreciate a vibrant creative scene at a variety of venues. For the performing arts, the Phoenix Symphony Hall houses performances from the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra to the Arizona Opera to the Ballet Arizona. Whether you prefer realistic or contemporary art, there are galleries galore like the Bentley Gallery or the Tilt Gallery.
For the golfing enthusiast, world-class courses are never far away when visiting Phoenix. The Boulders Golf Club is a golfer’s paradise featuring a stunning lush, green landscape surrounded by dynamic burnt orange boulders and desert cacti. Another renowned location to test your game is the Troon North Golf Club, where golfers are faced with two 18-hole courses and equally dramatic desert views.
Those who prefer to catch the action from the stands can throw on their favorite Arizona gear and attend a sporting event at one of the many the professional teams in town. An established player in all four of the country’s major professional leagues, Phoenix is home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, NBA’s Phoenix Suns, MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, and NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.
If fine dining is on the menu, or craft cocktails before a show, Phoenix offers countless exceptional options at your disposal. Looking for an evening of exploration? Swing over to old town Scottsdale to sample an award-winning modern Mediterranean menu by popular Chef Gio Osso at Virtu Honest Craft. Tempe Mission Palms offers a wide range of delicacies, from gourmet burgers at Cabana Bar and Grill to savory gnocchi at Harry’s Lounge.
Whether you seek desert-laden adventure in the mountains and foothills, relaxation in the healing arid air, or a venture into culture as vibrant as it is ancient, Arizona is your place. Come discover it for yourself.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch