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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


Here is some more information about Phoenix:
  • 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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Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona (Travel Guide)

By Lilia Menconi

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

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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!

Expanding your trip? Try Moon Arizona. Hitting the road? Try Moon Southwest Road Trip.

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

By Pam Hait

Globe Pequot Press
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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.

Lonely Planet Southwest USA (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Carolyn McCarthy & Benedict Walker

Lonely Planet
Released: 2018-03-20
Paperback (544 pages)

Lonely Planet Southwest USA (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Southwest USA is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Nourish your soul as you soak up the sheer immensity of the Grand Canyon, chase the neon lights in Las Vegas, or be lured by the ski slopes, hiking trails and white-water rapids of Taos; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Southwest USA and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Southwest USA Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, politics, lifestyle, Native Americans, culture, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, landscapes, wildlife, environmental issues, cuisine, beer, wine, customs, etiquette
  • Covers Las Vegas, Nevada, Arizona, Greater Phoenix, Grand Canyon Region, Navajo Reservation, Taos, Las Vegas, New Mexico, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Southwestern Colorado, Utah and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Southwest USA , our most comprehensive guide to Southwest USA, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled.

Looking for a guide focused on Las Vegas? Check out Lonely Planet's California guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer; Discover Las Vegas, a photo-rich guide to the city's most popular attractions; or Pocket Las Vegas, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveler community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travelers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

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

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodors Travel Pubns
Released: 2015-11-10
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Detailed and timely information on accommodations restaurants and local attractions highlight these updated travel guides which feature all-new covers a dramatic visual design symbols to indicate budget options must-see ratings multi-day itineraries Smart Travel Tips helpful bulleted maps tips on transportation guidelines for shopping excursions and other valuable features Original

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

By Pam Hait

GLOBE PEQUOT
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale

By Charles Liu

Liu, Charles
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale
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With more than 4 million people, the Phoenix metropolitan area is one of the country's largest. Surprisingly, it's also one of the most diverse and dramatic for hikers, with scenic destinations ranging from area parks, greenbelts, and preserves to high and low deserts and breathtaking mountains. This easy-to-use guide features the best scenic day hikes, determined by author Charles Liu using state-of-the-art GPS technology. These hikes are geared to every skill level, whether it's a comfortable stroll for the family or a tricky trek for the more fearless hiker. Stretching from Hidden Valley to the south to the Superstition Wilderness to the north, the book contains clear trail maps and profiles complemented by detailed descriptions and useful at-a-glance information. All roughly within an hour's drive of the Valley of the Sun, the trails highlighted in this updated edition begin right inside the city limits with popular Camelback Mountain.

ATV Trails Guide Arizona Phoenix Region

By Charles A. Wells

FunTreks Guidebooks
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ATV Trails Guide Arizona Phoenix Region
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  • ATV Trails Guide Arizona Phoenix Region [Paperback] [Jan 09, 2009] Charles A. Wells and Matt Peterson
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ATV Trails Guide Arizona Phoenix Region documents 30 of the best ATV and UTV trails around Phoenix. The book includes more than 180 color photos, a custom map for each trail and step-by-step instructions along the routes. GPS waypoints make it nearly impossible to get lost. Every trail has a description page telling how to find the trail, where to park, the best places to camp and what to expect during the adventure. The book's introduction covers trail selection, Arizona's OHV laws, safety, local weather, rider's responsibilities, global positioning, desert survival and more.

For complete trail listing and a look inside the book visit the FunTreks website.

Visit Funtreks website for GPS trails now available on SD cards for use in Garmin NUVI, Garmin Handheld devices, Iphone and Android devices.

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

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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.

Phoenix, Arizona: A Photographic Portrait

By Christine K. Bailey

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Phoenix, Arizona: A Photographic Portrait
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Phoenix, Arizona is a melange of old and new, where glass and steel structures share the city blocks with 19th century homes and the futuristic looking light rail train passes through historic neighborhoods. It is set in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by and interspersed with countless mountains and miles of desert landscape. Experience the diversity and breathtaking beauty of Phoenix as well as some of its most notable landmarks and points of pride through Paul Scharff s spectacular photography.

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

By Lilia Menconi

Moon
Released: 2013-11-05
Paperback (328 pages)

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The Sonoran Desert draws visitors from far and wide to walk among the iconic Saguaro cacti, craggy boulders, and spiky plant life that can be found nowhere else. Phoenician Lilia Menconi grew up on these trails, and in Moon Take a Hike Phoenix, she shows you the best hikes in and around the city—all within two hours of Phoenix. With details on public transportation options and clear directions on how to reach the trailhead, Menconi has all the bases covered. Suggested lists of hikes include:

Best Historical Hikes
Best Summit Views
Best Hikes for Solitude
Best Kid-Friendly Hikes
Best Butt-Kickers
Best Hikes for Wildflower Season
Best Hikes Near Water
Best Hikes for Wheelchair Access

Let Menconi show you all the worthwhile hikes, from short, flat routes suitable for families to day-long, steep treks for more advanced hikers. Each hike profile contains practical information including point-by-point trail navigation, contact information, facilities, fees, parking instructions, and an easy-to-use map for each trail. From South Mountain Park with its many petroglyphs to the white granite rock formations of White Tank Mountain Regional Park, your trip begins with Moon Take a Hike Phoenix.


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