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Arizona's Phoenix & Central Region

For the Foodie, the Shopper & the Sports Buff

This region is the center of the state and the center of, well, everything. Let’s see, there’s world-class golfing, downtowns that are both booming and bustling, the largest shopping mall in the Southwest, and one of the nation’s most innovative universities, if you’re into that kind of thing.

If you’re not, there’s James Beard Award-winning restaurants, incredible museums, local dives with friendly bartenders, more than 40,000 acres for hiking, quirky boutiques, botanical gardens, and sports including MLB, NFL, WNBA, NBA, NHL, and spring training. And there’s still more! See for yourself.

Arizona’s Phoenix & Central cities

The center of the state and the center of it all, this region is where big things happen. You’ll find some of Arizona’s largest cities and South Mountain Park, the largest municipal park in the United States, here. Plus: professional sports teams and award-winning chefs.

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Casa Grande

Central Arizona’s Casa Grande is a dream destination for golfers and sports fans. Experience local culture in historic downtown and at annual events.

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Arizona's third-largest city, Mesa, combines urban amenities with outdoor activities to provide visitors with the best of both worlds, including golf resorts, rugged recreation areas, and a wealth of museums, shopping, and attractions.

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Big-league sporting events, renowned museums, and plenty of trails for biking and hiking are just the beginning in Phoenix, Arizona’s capital city. With a skyscraper-filled skyline complemented by famed Camelback Mountain, Phoenix offers the perfect balance of urban energy and Southwestern scenery.

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If you’re looking for a vacation spot that’s as much cowboy as it is couture, you’re in luck in Scottsdale. This scenic desert city is home to posh resorts and spas, dozens of golf courses, and great shopping and dining – but it’s also where you’ll find plenty of Old West charm and Southwestern art and jewelry.

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Arizona State University may be Tempe’s largest claim to fame, but there’s plenty more going on in this friendly city just south of Phoenix. Boating on Tempe Town Lake, nightlife on Mill Avenue, and performances at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium are just a few of our favorite Tempe temptations.

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City slickers are welcome in this Western enclave – but prepare to get your hands dirty and your boots dusty. Located around 60 miles northwest of Phoenix, Wickenburg feels a million miles away from the bustle of the city. Known for its working ranches – where visitors can ride, camp, and work with real ranch hands.

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