The name Phoenix honors the fact that the city rose from the ashes of a long-vanished Hohokam community.
The city is a curious but delightful mix of Old West and New World.
For starters, the Valley averages 300 days of sunshine a year, and Phoenix is a city in the sun.
When it comes to attractions, Phoenix is not your average city; here, the beautiful Sonoran Desert shares top billing as a world-class attraction along with the arts and cultural venues that make Phoenix a world-class destination.
If youíre an art aficionado, definitely check out the Phoenix Art Museum as its the largest in the Southwest and features a permanent collection of 13,000 works ranging from contemporary art to Western classics.
There are plenty of excellent dining options here like the Rawhide Steakhouse which offers live entertainment seven days a week and a complete western menu.
Good lodging options include the Hyatt, located in the heart of downtown Phoenix across the street from Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center, Symphony Hall, Herberger Theater, and within walking distance to Arizona Center.