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.
The capital of Arizona, Phoenix is home to some of the area's top attractions, including Camelback Mountain, the Desert Botanical Garden and Roosevelt Row.
From arts and culture, to dining and nightlife, pro sports and more, we highlight what to do in the city's urban core.
Downtown's walkable arts district is home to art galleries, restaurants, bars and boutique shops dotted by colorful street art.
This 1-mile stretch of Seventh Avenue is home to the Phoenix's top spots for antiques, art, dining, patio cocktailing and dancing.
Some of Arizona's most iconic outdoor spaces, such as the Superstition Mountains and Salt River, are at home in Mesa, the state's third-largest city.
Dine at one of Arizona's most revered restaurants, have a beer at one of the state's largest breweries, and stay at a haunted hotel.
The former farming town now has a bustling downtown district, as well as a unique community filled with farm-to-table eats and artisan goods.
Glendale is home to Westgate Entertainment District, where restaurants, shops and entertainment complement the games held at Gila River Arena and State Farm Stadium.
Most visitors flock to this city to see the Padres and Mariners during spring training, but Peoria also features the P83 Entertainment District and Lake Pleasant.
Bounded by White Tank Mountain Regional Park and Lake Pleasant, Surprise offers plenty of outdoor activities, as well as a spring training stadium.
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