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Phoenix, Arizona and its suburbs make up a large world-class city rising from a desert valley.

Long before the rest of the country was being colonized, native Americans lived at Pueblo Grande from 700 to 1400 A.D. These ‘Hohokam’, meaning the ‘people who have gone’, built 135 miles of canals to irrigate their farming. Modern settlement began in 1868, when a canal was built to bring water from the Salt River. Several names were used before deciding on ‘Phoenix’, symbolizing a new town rising from the ruins of a former civilization.

Incorporated in 1881, Phoenix is young by historical standards but now ranks as one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. Visitors, residents and businesses will find that Phoenix offers just about everything in the way of sports, recreation, arts, culture, dining, lodging and financial opportunities. Because of our beautiful weather, activities can be enjoyed year-round. Take time to explore the related links on the right for shortcuts to popular topics. Find out for yourself why Phoenix is such a dynamic city.

In 1950, the city had 105,000 people and was 99th in size in the U.S., today it is the 6th largest with over 1.2 million. The metropolitan area, including Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe, totals over 2.2 million. There is a Spanish and Mexican influence with architecture, dining and culture. The area is one of the world’s top 5 golf destinations and also has many world-class resorts, spas, dining and shopping.

Downtown Phoenix has an Art Museum, Science Museum, the Heard Museum, historic Copper Square, Phoenix Zoo, and Pueblo Grande ruins. Nearby is the Rawhide Western Town, hot-air balloon rides, jeep tours to the desert, horse riding, the Superstition Mountains of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine fame, golf, night life, and much more.

The Insiders’ Guide? to Phoenix

Get a taste of the true Southwestern lifestyle in this guide
to Phoenix and its surrounding cities. Pristine and sparely
beautiful desert landscapes, restaurants boasting the best
Mexican and Native American specialties, and art galleries
showcasing the talents of local photographers, painters,
and artisans are among the attractions Phoenix offers the
traveler and resident.

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Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Phoenix Chamber's mission is to support the growth and development of business and the quality of life of our community, champion the voice of business in government and keep businesses informed, connected and prosperous.

Convention & Visitors Bureau

In Greater Phoenix, you'll find everything from world-class resorts and fine dining to exhilarating adventure, breath-taking golf courses, trendy shopping, modern nightlife and enriching culture. Whether you are planning a trip to Phoenix for business or pleasure, or even looking to move here, the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to assist you.

Phoenix New Times

Since its founding in 1970, Phoenix New Times has kept the Valley of the Sun's feet to the fire. Over the years, the paper has attracted hundreds of thousands of loyal readers who consider the paper an unparalleled source of information and insight, from politics and business to music and the arts.

The Arizona Republic

Daily newspaper for the Phoenix metro area. Includes State, national, and world news; opinion; weather; sports; entertainment; business, computing, travel, and more.

Phoenix Area Attractions

There are many tourist attractions in the Phoenix area, so there are lots of things to do in Phoenix even if you live here. Theatre, sports, enjoying the outdoors, festivals, attending special events--something for everyone!

Urban Living Hotel Search

Offers a search of availability and rates for all Phoenix area hotels, with discounts of up to 70%!

Phoenix Union High School District

WELCOME to the Phoenix Union High School District. This is a school district with a glorious past, a successful present, and a promising future. We serve the educational needs of the diverse, dynamic and growing community of Phoenix. Over 24,000 students from a 220-square mile area come to our schools. Our students represent over 50 languages. We have provided the seeds of success educating generations of Phoenicians over the past 111 years, and our modern schools and highly skilled teachers will shape the future of the fifth-largest city in the United States. We are an urban school district that bucks the trends and doesn't make excuses. Student Achievement is our top priority. We are reducing, or eliminating the “achievement gap” that is usually applied to high minority, low-income school districts.

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