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Metro Phoenix, including Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa, sits in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. It is a maze of roadways, 200-plus golf courses and mega-resorts. Saguaro (sa-war-oe) cacti stand like soldiers, jutting out of sandy, brush landscape much like the many shopping malls and Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Taliesin is a good example of how Wright was able to merge his architectural skills with the desert. While the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation concentrates on structures, the Heard Museum focuses on native cultures. It showcases a fine collection of Native American jewelry, clothing, art and ethnic objects. Clothes, objects, ...

Metro Phoenix, including Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa, sits in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. It is a maze of roadways, 200-plus golf courses and mega-resorts. Saguaro (sa-war-oe) cacti stand like soldiers, jutting out of sandy, brush landscape much like the many shopping malls and Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West. Taliesin is a good example of how Wright was able to merge his architectural skills with the desert. While the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation concentrates on structures, the Heard Museum focuses on native cultures. It showcases a fine collection of Native American jewelry, clothing, art and ethnic objects. Clothes, objects, and other tempting products are available at power shopper paradises like Biltmore Fashion Park and Scottsdale Fashion Square. For galleries and boutiques, Old Scottsdale is the place to be.

Many visitors, though, are content to stay at their hotel and just play golf. Most resorts have manicured courses that challenge all levels of play as well as snazzy spas for scrubs and rubs. Metro Phoenix has been dubbed the Spa Capital of the World because of its excellent spas.

Roberta Sotonoff
About the Expert

Roberta Sotonoff is coauthor of Eyewitness Top 10 Chicago and has contributed to many other guidebooks, including Fodor's Chicago, Fodor's Caribbean, Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call, and Thomas Cook Traveller's USA.

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  • Location: Phoenix is the capital of the state of Arizona. At an elevation of 1100 ft (335 m), it is situated in the biologically unique Sonoran Desert. Phoenix is extremely hot in the summertime!
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