Welcome to Phoenix
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona, so it's no surprise that the bustling metropolis welcomes more than 16 million tourists each year. People come for business - it's the regional hub for culture, politics, economics and transportation - as well as to discover the urban attractions and natural setting of the destination. Much of the city's excitement takes place in the downtown area, a small area spanning less than 3 square miles. In fact, it's home to three of the state's tallest skyscrapers, the historic Heritage Square and a plethora of cultural institutions, such as the Phoenix Art Museum, Alwun House, Tilt Gallery and Herberger Theater Center.
Keep in mind that, though the light rail makes traversing the downtown region easy, it's not ideal for traveling to the outlying neighborhoods. Rental cars and taxi cabs are more suitable for reaching the vibrant Midtown, Ahwatukee and other districts. Be sure to take some time to explore the Camelback East community, an upscale area that features the beautiful Papago Park, plenty of shopping opportunities and the renowned Phoenix Zoo.