Phoenix, Arizona - City located at the heart of the Sonoran desert - considered the most ecologically diverse desert in the world. It is the sixth biggest in the country and considered a gateway to the well known Grand Canyon. It is a place, where opposites meet and create an interesting contrast. Rugged desert and mountains as well as a modern city. As in every city, modern cars drive the streets, but should You get a little bit outside - cowboys are to be seen around. Modern buildings, restaurants with inspired cuisines and patios offering a breath taking views, modern shopping centers are as stylish as the fashion pieces found there. On the other hand, some of the cactus seen in cartoons can be found in the area.

It gets about 310 sunny days a year so a rain poncho will not be a part of Your necessary loadout for the trip. Enjoy the modern city and the beautiful landscape surrounding it. There is a reason why about 15,000,000 people visit each year. Arizona is home to the desert but lakes are around as well. Actually there is couple of them within 75 minutes drive from Phoenix, some even closer. If You enjoy water sports, that is a place You want to be at. There is Lake Pleasant (doesn’t just it’s name make You want to see it?), the Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake and the Roosevelt lake. Spend a hot day next to the water’s edge with an occasional dip or take a more active approach and enjoy some boating, waterskiing or jet-skiing. If You are not a fan of water, there’s plenty more to enjoy. You can take a guided tour in a Jeep, Hummer or ATV to see the landscape surrounding the city mostly the Sonoran desert. Should You prefer more “natural” touch, You can go horseback riding or mountain biking in the area. Come and enjoy the breath taking views of a mountaintop. If the view is not enough for You, choose a helicopter tour. Chopper tours can take You to Sedona, even to Grand Canyon or basically all over Arizona.

Sports fan will appreciate the city too. Over 200 golf courses in the area fulfill even the highest expectations. Also, the city is among only 13 in the country, that participate in all four major professional sports leagues / NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL/. Fan of a motor-sport can enjoy great Nascar events at Phoenix international Raceway. The Greater Phoenix area hosts a PGA tour event every year ( in Scottsdale). Greater Phoenix’s top attractions are South Mountain Park and Preserve, Tempe Town Lake, Camelback Mountain and First Friday Art Walks in downtown Phoenix. Other noteworthy attractions include the Heard Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Heritage and Science Park, the Musical Instrument Museum, and Phoenix Zoo. Phoenix, of course, is also the gateway to the Grand Canyon; the drive to America’s greatest natural wonder takes 31⁄2 hours.