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Valley of the Sun

Things are different in the desert. The sky is bigger, the stars are brighter, and the sunset is breathtaking in the west. The southwestern city has real cowboys, rugged mountains, and the kind of cactus that must be seen up close. Phoenix is the gate to the Grand Canyon. Its history is a journal of the spirit of the Pueblos, ranchers, miners, and visionaries. Restaurants have inspired southwestern cuisine and inspiring patio view. The Fall 2013 NABC Bridge play will take place at the Sheraton Downtown and at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix.

Phoenix is located in the Salt River Valley. The Salt River runs westward though the city. The riverbed is often dry due to large irrigation diversion except after the area gets a rainstorm or when the water is released from upstream dams. Phoenix is immensely surrounded by the mountains ranges.

The land of Phoenix once belonged to the Hohokam Tribe. The Native Americans build large canal systems and a network of towns and villages, which is still viewed in the city today. The city’s name Phoenix, reflects its history as a city “reborn from ashes” from the previous settlement.

Located in the northeastern territory of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has a subtropical desert climate. In the summer, the averages temperatures are over 100 degrees F. Winter months are warm; in the month of November, the southwestern city is typically 64 degrees F. The average high is around 76 degrees and the average low is 53 degrees. The city of the sun averages of about 300 days of sunshine throughout the year.

Once you make it back to the civilization you will find that city is rich with southwestern culture that you must get a taste of. Phoenix consists of performing arts, museums, music venues, and events that take place primarily downtown. Another craze about Phoenix is the cuisine. The city’s cuisine consists of the very popular authentic Mexican food, in result to the large Hispanic population and proximity to Mexico. Phoenix, as a fast-growing city, has brought people from all over the nation which has influenced the local cuisine. International food, such as Korean, Brazilian, and French, has become more common throughout the valley in recent years.

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