Often referred to as Arizona's Urban Heart or the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix is a thriving city with a sunny disposition that matches its climate. Pack your hiking boots and plenty of water, because you'll definitely want to explore the unique desert scenery of this remarkable region.
Driving in and around Phoenix
After picking up rental cars in Phoenix at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the drive downtown is just under five miles. This makes for a very easy to settle in after flights to Phoenix have arrived, leaving you with plenty of energy to explore. Journey to Apache Junction, home of the fascinating Lost Dutchman State Park, which is home to a legendary gold mine. From there, it's a short drive to the interestingly named Silly Mountain Park, which offers a short but challenging hike sure to get you sweating -- and leave you eager for the air conditioning of car rentals in Phoenix. After working up an appetite, feel free to splurge on Southwestern-style food with the money you've saved on cheap Phoenix hotels. Be sure to save room for a margarita or two. The Mexican restaurants located along Highway 60 boast some of the tastiest -- and strongest -- drinks in the state. Follow your exploration of Apache Junction with a delightfully urban tour of Phoenix. When you're cruising around, you won't be disappointed by a drive along Arizona State Route 51, as it passes right through the beautiful Phoenix Mountains Preserve.
Exploring the Valley of the Sun
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