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Phoenix


Phoenix, Arizona
Located in the Salt River Valley, which is sometimes known as the "Valley of the Sun", in central part of the state, Phoenix is the state capital and largest city of Arizona. As of the 2005, the estimated population of the city itself was 1,461,575, with an estimated 3,715,360 living within the Phoenix Metropolitan area.

The city has at an average elevation of 1,117 feet (340 meters), and is located in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert. The Salt River runs westward through Phoenix, but because of the desert climate and dams up river, the Salt River is normally dry - water only being present when water is released from dams that lie up river.

Attractions in the Phoenix area include:
Phoenix photographed from South Mountain


Phoenix Facts


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  • Probably the most famous educational institution in Phoenix is the University of Phoenix, which is a for-profit educational institution that specializes in adult education.

  • The main airport serving Phoenix is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

  • Professional sports franchises in Phoenix include the baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the basketball team, the Phoenix Suns.

  • Phoenix is nicknamed "Arizona's Urban Heart", while the Phoenix metropolitan area is nicknamed "Valley of the Sun".

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Fodor's Arizona & The Grand Canyon (Full-color Travel Guide)

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Fodor's Travel
Released: 2018-05-15
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Written by local experts, Fodor's travel guides have been offering advice and professionally vetted recommendations for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

From the vastness of the Grand Canyon to Sedona’s red rocks and the living Sonoran Desert, Arizona’s landscapes are awe-inspiring. The state’s spectacular canyons, blooming deserts, raging rivers, petrified forests, and scenic mountains enthrall lovers of the outdoors in pursuit of hiking, rafting, golf, or picturesque spots to watch the sunset. In full-color throughout, Fodor's Arizona and the Grand Canyon helps travelers take advantage of the state's myriad pleasures, including outstanding museums and galleries, Navajo and Hopi cultural experiences, three national parks, and world-renowned spas.

This travel guide includes:

    PULLOUT MAP: A handy take-along map provides added value, giving travelers essential information so they can travel with confidence
    ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE contains a brief introduction and spectacular color photos that capture the ultimate experiences and attractions throughout Arizona & The Grand Canyon
    UPDATED COVERAGE: The guide features the latest hotel and restaurant openings throughout the state, particularly the fast-growing Phoenix and Tuscan areas.
    ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Illustrated features advise travelers on how to experience some of Arizona's top outdoor activities: star-gazing; exploring canyons, deserts, mountains, flora, and fauna; and the ultimate Grand Canyon adventure, rafting the Colorado River. Spotlights highlight Phoenix-area golf, visiting Native American reservations, and the Wild West.
    INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Each chapter opens with an orientation map, the top reasons to go, and other essential information to help visitors plan their time effectively. Dining and Lodging map atlases in Phoenix and Tucson make locating a hotel or meal simple. A Top Picks chart for Grand Canyon hiking trails helps travelers choose a hike based on length, grade, trail conditions, time of year, and level of difficulty.
    DISCERNING RECOMMENDATIONS: Fodor's Arizona and the Grand Canyon offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their visit. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks in every category.
    COVERS: Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tucson, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Petrified Forest National Park, Monument Valley, Yuma, the Hoover Dam, Flagstaff, and more.

Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodors Travel Pubns
Released: 2015-11-10
Paperback (512 pages)

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Written by locals, Fodor's travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years.

Travelers continue to flock to Arizona year-round to explore the outdoors and relax at world-class spa resorts. In full-color throughout, Fodor's Arizona and the Grand Canyon helps travelers take advantage of the state's myriad pleasures, including outstanding museums and galleries, Navajo and Hopi cultural experiences, top-notch golf, three national parks, and excellent Mexican food and tequila.

This travel guide includes:
· Dozens of full-color maps plus a handy pullout map with essential information
· Hundreds of hotel and restaurant recommendations, with Fodor's Choice designating our top picks
· Multiple itineraries to explore the top attractions and what’s off the beaten path
· In-depth breakout features on how to experience some of Arizona's top outdoor activities: star-gazing; exploring canyons, deserts, mountains, flora, and fauna; and the ultimate Grand Canyon adventure, rafting the Colorado River
· Major sights such as The Grand Canyon, The Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert, Sedona, Scottsdale, The Heard Museum, Monument Valley, and Desert Botanical Garden
· Coverage of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe; Grand Canyon National Park; Flagstaff; North-Central Arizona; Northeast Arizona; Eastern Arizona; Tucson; Southern Arizona; Northwest Arizona and Southeast Nevada

Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona (Travel Guide)

By Lilia Menconi

MOON
Released: 2017-05-09
Paperback (250 pages)

Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona (Travel Guide)
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Make Your Escape with Moon Travel Guides!

Wander world-class museums, relax in Scottsdale's resorts, and hike through red rocks in the Valley of the Sun with Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona.
Inside you'll find:

  • Strategic itineraries, including a luxurious desert getaway, a family road trip, and a 10-day "Best of the Valley of the Sun"
  • Full-color, vibrant photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Must-see attractions and off-beat ideas for making the most of your trip: Explore the local art scene, from Native American exhibits to contemporary galleries. Taste the best Sonoran-style cuisine this side of the Mexican border. Luxuriate in five-star resorts, world-class spas, and gourmet restaurants. Go stargazing in Sedona, or clubbing in Scottsdale. Browse new-agey shops or high-end boutiques, hike water-carved canyons and climb mountains, or go golfing at one of nearly 200 courses. Discover the rich culture of the Native American people who first settled the Valley, and venture to the leafy respite of Oak Creek Canyon to witness the red-rock monoliths
  • Honest advice from Phoenix local Lilia Menconi on when to go and where to stay, with special focus on the best resorts in the area
  • In-depth coverage of all three cities, including the Apache Trail and Superstition Mountains
  • Recommendations for visitors with disabilities and for traveling with kids
  • Thorough background on the culture, environment, wildlife, and history
With Moon's local insight, diverse activities, and expert tips on experiencing the best of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sedona, you can plan your trip your way!

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Day Trips® from Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler (Day Trips Series)

By Pam Hait

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Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. This guide is packed with hundreds of exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover within a two-hour drive of these popular Arizona cities. With full trip-planning information, Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. helps makes the most of a brief getaway.

Moon Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Travel Guide)

By Tim Hull

Moon Travel
Released: 2018-06-12
Paperback (472 pages)

Moon Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Travel Guide)
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Explore Arizona's vast open spaces, dreamy canyons, and colorful culture with Moon Arizona & the Grand Canyon. Inside you'll find:
  • Strategic, flexible itineraries from day hikes in the Grand Canyon to a two-week Arizona road trip, designed for outdoor adventurers, history buffs, foodies, and more
  • Can't-miss highlights and unique experiences: Embark on a multi-day expedition into the depths of the Grand Canyon, discover hidden streams on a hike through high-desert forests, or find the best spots to hit the slopes in winter. Take a scenic drive along historic Route 66, learn about Arizona's ancient native cultures, and stroll charming Old West towns. Explore the red rock cliffs around Sedona, watch your favorite MLB team play during Spring Training, and sample Southwest cuisine from spicy enchiladas to Sonoran hot dogs
  • How to plan a Grand Canyon adventure, including coverage of towns near gateways to the park
  • Local insight from Arizona local Tim Hull on when to go, where to stay, and how to get around
  • Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout
  • Focused coverage of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the Valley of the Sun, Tucson and Southern Arizona, Flagstaff, Sedona, and Red Rock Country, Navajo and Hopi Country, the White Mountains and the Gila Valley, the Grand Canyon and the Arizona Strip, and the Lower Colorado River
  • Practical information including background on Arizona's landscape, climate, wildlife, and culture
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RoadTrip America Arizona & New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips

By Rick Quinn

Imbrifex Books
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RoadTrip America Arizona & New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips
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Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was "the Wickedest Town in the West" or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. Pamper yourself at a spa in Taos or soak up the vibes at an "energy vortex" in the red rocks of Sedona. With this brand-new, up-to-date guide as your companion, all this and much, much more will be yours to discover and enjoy―one extra day at a time!

  • Stunning color imagery and photography throughout
  • Easy-to read, full-color route maps with points of interest, mileage, and more
  • Color-coded pages for easy identification of routes by geographic region
  • Up-to-date insider tips for getting the most out of each route and staying safe
  • Phone numbers, websites and visitor info for parks, attractions, and out-of-the-ordinary lodging & dining
  • Researched and written by native Arizonan and adventure traveler Rick Quinn, whose road trips have taken him from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska and San Francisco to Washington D.C. Photographer, travel writer, and anthropologist, Quinn is an expert on the topography, history, and culture of the American southwest and how best to enjoy its wonders by automobile.
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Phoenix Arizona Travel Guide Game and Journal: Travel guide game and journal

By John Pennington

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Paperback (96 pages)

Phoenix Arizona Travel Guide Game and Journal: Travel guide game and journal
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Welcome to an interactive Travel Guide! The Travel Guide, Game and Journal series is designed to be more than a list of places you can visit, but a new way to experience those places. This guide encourages interaction with the places you visit and provides you with incentives to explore more. The guide provides you with a game system to accumulate points and a journaling system to help record the memories you experience. We do not provided detailed information on locations. Instead we encourage you to use this as a way to record your memories. Enjoy exploring!

PHOENIX ARIZONA TRAVEL GUIDE: THE LOCALS GUIDE: TOP 50 HIDDEN TOURS, ARTS & CULTURE, COOL EATS AND HOT HIKES

By A. Fox

A. Fox
Released: 2016-06-15
Kindle Edition (45 pages)

PHOENIX ARIZONA TRAVEL GUIDE: THE LOCALS GUIDE: TOP 50 HIDDEN TOURS, ARTS & CULTURE, COOL EATS AND HOT HIKES
 
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Here is the essential guide to Phoenix in the summer, written by a local!

HOT FUN! LOCALS TRAVEL GUIDE TO SUMMER 2016 IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA: MUST SEE HIDDEN TOURS, ARTS & CULTURE, COOL EATS AND HOT HIKES is your personal tour guide to must see, must taste and must do in Phoenix, Arizona. This guide is written specifically for summer travel, which is typically off-season for the locals, but prime time for those who know the inside secrets on where to go.

Sneak Peek inside the book:
•Over 50 fun places to visit
•Best parks
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•Creative artsy things to do
•Best places to eat
•Best water activities
•Best shopping
•Best indoor and outdoor fun
•Lots more!

Don’t limit yourself to the spots the ordinary guide books direct you to. Instead go to the unique places the locals go. Phoenix is a big city, but this guide will show you how to have small town fun!

Written by a local Phoenix resident, these are hand-picked spots that you should be sure to visit. Whether you like museums, parks, outdoor activities and sports or quiet times, there is something in this guide for you.

Download this locals travel guide to Phoenix now and you will have plenty to do on your next trip to Phoenix, and won’t waste any time finding fun things to see and do. Plus all the listings have been chosen to be inexpensive, so you will save money throughout your trip.

This locals travel guide includes addresses for all of the listings as well as website links so you can double check hours and prices before you go!

BONUS: Summer safety tips and recommendations as well as style hacks and how to dress in Phoenix.

Make your trip fun and simple by getting HOT FUN! LOCALS TRAVEL GUIDE TO SUMMER 2016 IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA: MUST SEE HIDDEN TOURS, ARTS & CULTURE, COOL EATS AND HOT HIKES. You’ll be glad you did!


Moon Take a Hike Phoenix: Hikes within Two Hours of the City (Moon Outdoors)

By Lilia Menconi

Moon
Released: 2013-11-05
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Grab your water bottle and explore more than 75 great hikes in and around Phoenix. The Valley of the Sun offers thousands of acres for hardcore hikers and first-timers alike to enjoy Arizona's amazing landscape. Inside Moon Take a Hike Phoenix you'll find:
  • Detailed Descriptions: Find the right hike for you with thoughtful and thorough descriptions of what to expect along each trail. Pick from a variety of hikes ranging from flat routes suitable for families to challenging rock scrambles. Escape the city for a few hours or take a day-long trek to ultimate solitude.
  • Quick Reference: Compare difficulty ratings, distance, and elevation gain to pick which trail to tackle in an easy-to-scan chart. Icons identify hikes that are dog-friendly or wheelchair accessible-and highlights like historic sites, wildlife, and wildflowers
  • Maps and Directions: Easy-to-use maps for each trail showing topography and elevation. Point-by-point navigation guides you along the right path and prepares you for changes in terrain. All hikes include GPS coordinates and detailed driving directions (including access via public transit when available) for each trailhead.
  • Best-of Lists: Get ideas for where to start with hikes sorted by interest or difficulty, including "Best Near Water," "Best Summit Views," and "Best Kid-Friendly Hikes."
  • Trusted Advice: Born and raised in Phoenix, author Lilia Menconi shares the experience and knowledge she's gained hiking in and around her hometown. Lilia also includes essential tips on desert safety and ways to beat the heat.
Whether you're a veteran or a first-time hiker, a lifelong resident or a brand new transplant, Moon Take a Hike Phoenix will have you ready to lace up your hiking boots and head out on your next adventure.

Looking to explore beyond Phoenix? Try Moon Southwest Road Trip. Ready for an overnight outdoor adventure? Check out Moon Grand Canyon.

Day Trips® from Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler (Day Trips Series)

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Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. This guide is packed with hundreds of exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover within a two-hour drive of these popular Arizona cities. With full trip-planning information, Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff. helps makes the most of a brief getaway.


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