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Phoenix is one of America’s top cities and is the capital and largest city of Arizona. The current population of the metropolitan area is 4.2 million, and it is the 14th-largest in the United States. The region has grown at a substantial, steady place ever since 726,000 called the place home in 1960. Although there are plenty of things for locals and visitors to see in Phoenix, three stand out, learn about the best things to see and do in Phoenix
Sports Teams in Phoenix
The Phoenix area is one of just 12 to play host to teams in each of the country’s four major professional sports leagues. The Arizona Diamondbacks play baseball at Chase Field, and the Phoenix Suns play basketball at the US Airways Center. In nearby Glendale, the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL play at the University of Phoenix Stadium, while the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes play at Jobing.com Arena. Fifteen of MLB’s 30 teams, including the Diamondbacks, hold Spring Training throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area every March. Making Phoenix a great place to visit for all sport fans.
Art Shows in Phoenix
Arts enthusiasts will want to take part in the First Fridays art walk
. It is held in Phoenix on the first Friday of every month of the year, even if that Friday happens to fall on a holiday. This event was founded in 1994, and it is the largest art walk in the United States. Thousands attend it every month, and more than 70 art galleries
, venues and related places rent spaces on a regular basis. Street performers also add color to the scene as one makes his or her way from one venue to another. A free shuttle is also offered to visitors that starts at the Phoenix Art Museum and stops several times on its route to the various venues. Although the route is definitely walkable, the availability of the shuttle is nice to have, especially during the hot summer months. The Phoenix Art Museum offers free parking for First Friday visitors. Participating venues at the event include but are not limited to Monorchid, Made, A.E. England, Phoenix Art Museum, Tilt, Willo North, Practical Arts and Hazel Gallery. For more info click here
South Mountain park
South Mountain Park is the largest municipal park in the United States at 16,300 acres. The desert mountain preserve is also one of the largest urban parks in the world. It is located about seven miles directly south of downtown Phoenix. There are 51 miles of trails here. The main lookout sights are Dobbins Lookout and Gila Lookout. The former offers spectacular views of the valley, and the latter offers gorgeous views of the Gila River Valley. The main areas of the park open at 5 a.m., and access is restricted at 7 p.m. However, trail access is available until 11 p.m. Late every month, the park holds a Silent Sunday event when all roadways are closed to motor vehicles. This usually takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month. Conversely, the normally closed San Juan Road is open to vehicles one weekend every month. This normally happens at the beginning of the month. This is a great place for any outdoor enthusiast to check out while you are in Phoenix. It is not every day that you are in desert. The park dates to 1924 when local citizens bought 13,000 acres of it from the federal government for $17,000. That year, the total number of annual visitors reached about 36,000. Today, about 3 million people visit the park on an annual basis.
How to get around
If you are looking for a great affordable way to get around to all of these tourist attractions then think of a car rental. These three things are located all over Phoenix and can be difficult to get to see it all with walking every where. To be able to get to South Mountain Park you are going to need a rental car to make sure that you do not get left in the desert. If you are flying to the Phoenix Sky Harbor, then there Sixt car rental is located inside the airport with some low prices that makes it easy to get an affordable rent a car in Phoenix. If you are interested in getting a rental car from Sixt click on the box below.