Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona
Immersed in the Native American, Mexican and Old West cultures and surrounded by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, the Valley of the Sun is definitely a special destination. Just one hundred years ago, this area was barely a mark on the map. Today, Phoenix ranks as the fifth largest city in the country with a population of over 1.4 million people while Metro Phoenix is over the 4 million mark. The region is also the fastest growing metropolitan center in existence due largely to the climate and culture.
Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert which reaches from parts of California & Nevada to Mexico, the Valley of the Sun averages 325 sun filled days per year with an average high of 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The area has more Five Diamond Resorts than any city in the country and is home to 50,000 hotel rooms, 190+ golf courses and 1,200 tennis courts.
The weather plays an integral role in the attraction of the destination. The US National Weather Service confirms that Scottsdale has more sun-filled days than any other city in the United States. What’s the key to the spectacular weather? The fact that humidity is not a factor. It’s a desert “dry heat” making a 100 degree day mild to most Easterners!