Phoenix Neighborhoods, Locations and Districts
(Phoenix, Arizona - AZ, USA)
Phoenix, Arizona is one of the fastest growing cities in the US. Spreading over the beautiful Sonoran Desert is the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan area, or Valley of the Sun, so named due to the city's 300 days or more of sun each year.
A popular resort for those escaping frozen winters farther north, the downtown district of Phoenix is a hive of sporting and arts entertainment, while just to the north is Biltmore, otherwise known as the Camelback Corridor, home to towering skyscrapers, upscale shopping centers and excellent restaurants. Neighboring cities have become quasi-neighborhoods engulfed by the city's urban sprawl and include Mesa
and Tempe. These places are full of great museums and art galleries, lively bars, hip hangouts, luxury resorts and oasis-like golf courses.
Predominantly a business district dominated by shiny office towers, Biltmore, also known as Camelback Corridor, is one of the best locations for shopping and dining in Phoenix.
Cave Creek District
Located to the north of Old Scottsdale, Cave Creek is where the Old West remains alive and well, and locals in Phoenix strive to preserve its Western heritage. Here you'll find plenty of saloons, steakhouses and souvenir shops.
Like the rest of the city, the downtown district of Phoenix has undergone development to rejuvenate the area in recent years and is now a lively and attractive place to explore. Along with restaurants, entertainment and performing arts venues, downtown Arizona is also home to the America West Arena and the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field stadium, making it a premier sporting locale in the Phoenix area. Heritage Square is all that remains of the city's humble beginnings, while the downtown area is also an important business, financial and government district.
Glendale lies to the northwest of Phoenix downtown district and is the place to make tracks for if you're into antiques and collectibles. The well-preserved buildings of downtown Glendale are well worth exploring, as are its multitude of museums.
Mesa is located in the east of the Valley of the Sun and is dominated by huge shopping malls that attract both locals and visitors in the Phoenix area. It is also home to several interesting museums.
Scottsdale runs from Tempe in the south to Carefree in the north and Scottsdale Road is known as 'Resort Row' due to its concentration of luxury resorts. Golf courses and boutique shopping abound and this popular 19th-century downtown area of Phoenix boasts a myriad of art galleries, souvenir shops and great restaurants.
Tempe is home to Arizona State University, the biggest college in the Southwest and home to a lively and hip nightlife, with numerous pavement cafés, pubs and nightclubs, as well as interesting shops lining Mill Avenue. Phoenix's Tempe district also boasts some unique architecture.