Hosting The International Travel Goods Show makes Phoenix the can’t-miss destination for anyone in
the travel goods industry. But The Show aside,
the sunniest city in the country is an interesting destination on its own,
with a lot going for it.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the sixth-busiest airport in the country, with more than 20 airlines servicing 40 million passengers annually.
- Bring sunscreen! Phoenix enjoys more sunshine than any major metropolitan area in the U.S. — more than 85 percent of its daylight hours are sunny ones.
- Phoenix has an average of 211 absolutely clear days, and 85 partly cloudy ones annually. That’s a lotta sunshine!
- Phoenix is the United States’ sixth-largest city — more than 1.4 million people call Phoenix home.
- Phoenix is also the most populous capital city in the United States, and at more than 500 square miles, it’s one of the largest in land area, too.
- Tee up! Greater Phoenix is home to more than 200 golf courses.
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the sixth-busiest airport in the country, with more than 20 airlines servicing 40 million passengers annually.
- Get sporty! Phoenix is one of the very few U.S. cities to host teams in all four major professional sports leagues: For basketball there’s the Phoenix Suns, baseball fans have the Arizona Diamondbacks, football fanatics can cheer the Arizona Cardinals, and hockey lovers have the Phoenix Coyotes.
- Batter up! Phoenix is spring training central, with 15 Major League Baseball teams participating in the springtime Cactus League (which drew 1.72 million fans in 2013). Greater Phoenix currently hosts spring training for: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
- Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in North America. South Mountain Park and Preserve covers more than 16,500 acres and features more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.
- Phoenix enjoys a multitude of museums: The Heard Museum (Native American); Desert Botanical Garden (the world's largest collection of desert plants); Taliesin West (home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation); the Phoenix Art Museum (the Southwest's largest art museum); the Fleischer Museum (American Impressionism); the Arizona Science Center; the Hall of Flame (the world's largest collection of fire-fighting equipment); Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park (Native American) and the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) are among the cultural hot spots.
- Arizona has more boats per capita than any other state in the nation.
- The record-breaking freshwater striped bass — at a whopping 59 lbs. 12 oz. — was reeled in at nearby Bullhead City, on the Colorado River.
- Arizona is the third-largest citrus producer in the U.S., behind Florida and California. The Salt River Valley supports a $40 million industry, producing 5 million cartons of fruit each year.
- Phoenix winter weather is friendly: the average high temperature for March is 76 degrees with an average low of 47.
- Phoenix’s METRO Light Rail system includes a dedicated stop for the Convention Center. Plus the brand new PHX Sky Train links the Light Rail system with Sky Harbor International Airport.
- There’s no aimless wandering in downtown Phoenix, whose orange-clad Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors roam the area on foot and by bicycle, ready to help with local info, event news, and friendly directions.
- The Grand Canyon — one of nature’s Wonders — is just a 3.5 hour drive from Phoenix. Or take the 2.5 hour drive to Williams, and see the Canyon via the historic Grand Canyon Railway. If you want the fast, bird’s eye view, book an aerial tour departing from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport.
- Besides the Grand Canyon, Phoenix is just a 2-hour drive from Sedona’s breathtaking red rock scenery, and a little more than 300 miles from the soaring sandstone buttes of Monument Valley.
- The Musical Instrument Museum is the country’s largest museum dedicated to musical instruments housing more than 10,000 instruments from 200 countries.
- Once the getaway resort destination for the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and other Hollywood elite, Phoenix is still home to more resorts and day spas than almost any other metro area.
- Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 480-acre winter home and main campus for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, is only a half hour away from downtown Phoenix.