The capital, and largest city, of the U.S. state of Arizona, Phoenix, is also the sixth most populous city nationwide, the most populous state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than 1 million residents. Its climate might tempt you to spend all your days sipping margaritas next to the swimming pool, but from culture and natural venues, to entertainment and adventure, the city offers many things to do and explore.
A highlight of any visit to Phoenix is the area’s rich arts-and-culture environment. Performances at a multitude of theaters, concert halls and cultural centers are constant attractions, while art and history lovers can flock to a diverse group of fascinating museums. Among these, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum and the Arizona Science Center, are certainly not to be missed. If you are looking for outdoor experiences, the Sonoran Desert is a great place to play. The desert is home to the kind of cactus most people only see in cartoons. The majestic saguaro, found in no other desert in the world, can grow as tall as 50 feet and live as long as 200 years. From biking, hiking and riding to air activities, there are many different ways to explore the desert.