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  • In the northeastern Sonoran Desert, south of the Grand Canyon,

  • lies Arizona's state capital Phoenix.

  • With well over 4 million people, this is the state's largest city

  • and one of the most populated cities in the USA.

  • Welcome to the Valley of the Sun,

  • where it is always warm and where the nature stands out from the landscape

  • like a camel in a desert.

  • Start out in the central Arts District.

  • Here, the coffee and tea houses in between the galleries

  • and boutique stores are a good place for breakfast.

  • Looking out over the city is the carefully preserved Wrigley Mansion,

  • a place for fine dining in a modern, or antique setting.

  • Learn all about your digestive system, and more,

  • in the downtown Arizona Science Center.

  • Get gobbled up by a monster stomach and cycle high in the air

  • in this interactive museum.

  • Potential Einsteins can test their brain in the wonder center,

  • while the little ones will love splashing about.

  • For exhibits that are off the wall,

  • visit the nearby Phoenix Art Museum,

  • which is also filled with more conventional paintings and sculptures.

  • A few blocks north, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art

  • is the place to see Navajo jewelry and ancient bowls and jars.

  • Try your hand at creating pottery and jewelry yourself

  • in the award-winning Mesa Arts Center. All the tools you need are there!

  • Between Mesa and Phoenix is Scottsdale.

  • In the Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art the sky is the limit

  • when it comes to art.

  • After browsing the work of local creatives,

  • explore the upscale stores in the Scottsdale Quarter.

  • For a musical journey through time,

  • treat your ears to the Musical Instrument Museum

  • on the northern edge of Phoenix, it is stacked from floor to ceiling with

  • African drums...

  • guitars from the Middle East ...

  • and unusual South American instruments.

  • MIM is also a tribute to some of America's finest artists.

  • Back near the Salt River,

  • the Pueblo Grande Museum And Archaeological Park

  • gives an insight into the lives of the Hohokam people.

  • These Native Americans shaped this city some 1,500 years ago

  • by digging irrigation canals to the river.

  • East from here is Papago Park,

  • home to some of Phoenix's best family attractions.

  • Check out the huge cacti and edible art in the Desert Botanical Garden...

  • the old fire trucks in the Hall of Flame...

  • and the prairie animals in the spacious Phoenix Zoo.

  • Don't miss the chance to clamber through the Hole In The Rock

  • to see the Valley of the Sun in full glory!

  • Another natural window overlooking Phoenix

  • is on the opposite side of the city.

  • At Dobbins Point it is like you are looking into the future in one direction,

  • and into the past in the other...

  • Out of all of the rock formations in Arizona,

  • the drop offs and folds of the Grand Canyon are the most awe-inspiring.

  • Many feel humbled when staring out

  • over one of America's biggest natural treasures.

  • If you don't have time to drive the four hours north

  • to see the Grand Canyon, Sedona is only half the distance from Phoenix.

  • The sandstone cathedrals in "Red Rock Country" are a great sight at sunset.

  • Arizona is always basking in sunlight and with its Southwestern charm,

  • rich Native American history and deep appreciation of art and nature,

  • Phoenix is an attractive oasis in the hot Sonoran desert.

In the northeastern Sonoran Desert, south of the Grand Canyon,

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    Kevin Lu posted on 2014/01/29
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