Situated in the American Southwest, Phoenix is the sixth largest city in the United States with a population of over 1.4 million. The greater Phoenix area includes the cities of Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe has a population of nearly 4.3 million and covers 2,000 square miles. Arizona is also home to 22 American Indian tribes.
Phoenix's elevation is 1,117 feet and is located in the Sonoran Desert, which is one of the wettest and greenest deserts in North America. Rainfall averages to 8.04 inches per year and we have a daily average temperature of 75 degrees and an annual high temperature of 86.7 degrees. The average high temperature in winter is 67 degrees. Our city basks in sunshine more often than any other major metropolitan area in the U.S. as the sun shines on Phoenix 85 percent of its daylight hours.
Lounging and Recreation
Greater Phoenix has more than 62,000 guest rooms at more than 450 hotels and more than 40 resort properties and is home to more than 200 golf courses. Phoenix consistently ranks among the nation’s top cities in the number of Five Diamond and Four Diamond and Five Star and Four Star resorts.
Sky Harbor is the only airport in the country with hubs for two major low-fare carriers (US Airways and Southwest Airlines.
Phoenix is one of the few U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).
Phoenix offers a wide array of cultural and environmental attractions and activities. It is home to the largest municipal park in North America, South Mountain Park and Preserve, which covers more than 16,500 acres and has more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails and six lakes within a 75-minute drive of central Phoenix.
In addition, Phoenix has museums to suit nearly every taste, including The Heard Museum (Native American); Desert Botanical Garden (the world's largest collection of desert plants); Taliesin West (home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation); the Phoenix Art Museum (the Southwest's largest art museum); the Fleischer Museum (American Impressionism); the Arizona Science Center; the Hall of Flame (featuring the world's largest collection of fire-fighting equipment); Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park (Native American) and the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) are among the cultural hot spots.
The Heard Museum has an extensive collection of American Indian artifacts, including the largest kachina doll collection (donated in part by the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater) of any museum in the country.