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Indoors or outdoors, Phoenix will have you entertained and awe-inspired - an American city simply bursting with artistic passion and set within a mountainous desert terrain demanding to be explored.

This is the capital of the southwestern state of Arizona, known for warm temperatures, Jack Nicklaus-inspired golf courses, and a decadent nightclub scene. The city and surrounding metropolitan area are collectively called the Valley of the Sun as they see very little rainfall and lie across the Sonoran Desert. Phoenix’s lovely climate will encourage visitors to undertake many activities outside in the open air. Hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding are all enjoyed throughout the miles of trails and desert preserves of this part of Arizona. Locals are delightfully overindulged with the 189 city parks and gardens in their midst. Highlights of these include the serene Japanese Friendship Garden, Desert Botanical Garden, and vast South Mountain Park. Phoenix’s artistic community sometimes combines both internal and external environments for activities. First Fridays Art Walk, a popular monthly event, allows visitors to appreciate the city’s diverse art scene at over 70 exhibitions in one day. Live street performances, food trucks, and cafes offer welcome diversions between shows. Some of the best art galleries in the city are located in Old Town Scottsdale. Also known as Downtown Scottsdale, this district is famous for its atmospheric Western-style buildings and covered walkways. Alongside the art, tourists can enjoy quirky shops and great restaurants, many with alfresco seating. Finally, no trip to Phoenix should omit a visit to the renowned Heard Museum in Phoenix, a centre devoted to the culture of the Indian peoples of the Southwest. This venue features charming outdoor courtyards with displays of Native American art, pottery, jewelry, and textiles.