Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix) by An Pham

Arizona's Phoenix & Central Region

For the Foodie, the Shopper & the Sports Buff

The center of the state is also the center of, well, everything. Mixing urban excitement with a relaxed sensibility, the Phoenix Metro area is home to world-class golfing, lively downtowns and the largest mall in the Southwest. You don’t even have to leave to find outdoor adventure, with multiple hiking and biking trails right in the city.


And that’s just the tip of the cactus. Here, you’ll also find James Beard Award-winning restaurants alongside local dive bars, incredible museums down the road from quirky boutiques, and stadiums for every major sports league including MLB, NFL, NBA, WNBA and NHL. From family fun to adults-only outings, this is the place to be.

Arizona’s Phoenix & Central cities

The center of the state and the center of it all, this region is where big things happen. You’ll find some of Arizona’s largest cities and South Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the United States, here. Plus: professional sports teams and award-winning chefs.

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Casa Grande

Central Arizona’s Casa Grande is a dream destination for golfers and sports fans. Experience local culture in historic downtown and at annual events.

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Arizona's third-largest city, Mesa, combines urban amenities with outdoor activities to provide visitors with the best of both worlds, including golf resorts, rugged recreation areas, and a wealth of museums, shopping, and attractions.

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Big-league sporting events, renowned museums, and plenty of trails for biking and hiking are just the beginning in Phoenix, Arizona’s capital city. With a skyscraper-filled skyline complemented by famed Camelback Mountain, Phoenix offers the perfect balance of urban energy and Southwestern scenery.

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If you’re looking for a vacation spot that’s as much cowboy as it is couture, you’re in luck in Scottsdale. This scenic desert city is home to posh resorts and spas, dozens of golf courses, and great shopping and dining – but it’s also where you’ll find plenty of Old West charm and Southwestern art and jewelry.

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Tempe, Arizona, a vibrant urban oasis in the heart of Metropolitan Phoenix, exudes its own personality. Refreshingly offbeat, this college town, home to Arizona State University (ASU), one of the largest universities in the country, welcomes couples, families, singles, and its beloved college crowd to enjoy the spirited lifestyle.

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City slickers are welcome in this Western enclave – but prepare to get your hands dirty and your boots dusty. Located around 60 miles northwest of Phoenix, Wickenburg feels a million miles away from the bustle of the city. Known for its working ranches – where visitors can ride, camp, and work with real ranch hands.

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