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Phoenix & Scottsdale
Phoenix & Scottsdale USA Vacations
Although it's the largest city in the southwest, Phoenix's greatest attraction is the land that surrounds it: a vast expanse of untamed desert. As the state capital, Phoenix is as modern as any American metropolis, with an active arts scene and a brisk economy.
The parks within the mountains ringing the valley offer lots of hiking and cycling opportunites. North of town, Squaw Peak Recreation Area has numerous trails including a popular route to the summit of Squaw Peak. If you want to get wet'n'wild, you can go tubing down the Salt River in Mesa.
Commonly touted as 'the West's most Western town', Scottsdale attracts more than seven million tourists a year, suggesting that it's not quite as gritty and gun-slingin' as you'd expect such a Western town to be. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
In recent years, Scottsdale has continued its inexorable climb to prosperity. It is now one of the wealthiest cities in the country, although suburban sprawl sees it overlapping with nearby Phoenix while maintaining a distinctive personality - based, as ever, on the twin past-times - shopping and golf.
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