Surrounded by mountain ranges, the Greater Phoenix area encompasses more than 500 square miles of Sonoran Desert and is comprised of 24 total municipalities – each with a distinct set of characteristics, attractions and flavors that offer visitors a unique glimpse at the nation's fifth-largest city. Greater Phoenix is one of the largest metro areas in the United States, with roughly 5 million people who live here.
Dotted with resorts and golf courses, and bounded by national forests and American Indian communities, Greater Phoenix is about the size of Delaware. Find out more about what makes each of the following communities – including Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale and more – perfect for your next visit.
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The East Valley cities feature incredible natural wonders such as the Superstition Mountains in Mesa and McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, as well as a bustling nightlife in downtown Tempe's Mill Avenue and Old Town Scottsdale.