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Phoenix at night. Located in the Sonoran Desert and encircled by mountains, Arizona's capital is rich in natural beauty.  
Credit: Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau 
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A Saguro cactus in Phoenix. Although there's plenty to see outside the city limits, you don't have to leave Phoenix to find picturesque desert landscapes.  
Credit: Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau 
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Hikers in the Phoenix desert. Despite the heat—Phoenix is the hottest major city in the U.S.—hiking, biking, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities are hugely popular.  
Credit: Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau 
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Originally a stagecoach path, the Apache Trail Historic Road runs 40 miles through the desert in Central Arizona, crossing the Superstition Mountains and passing canyons, lakes, cliff dwellings, and abandoned mining towns.  
Credit: Sam Clemens/Photograher's Choice 
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The historic Arizona Biltmore Hotel was built in 1929 by brothers Albert, Charles, and Warren McArthur and John McEntee Bowman, the founder of the Biltmore chain. Charles McArthur was the architect, though the building's design is often attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright, who served only as a consultant.  
Credit: Wikimedia 
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A sculpture at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. This angular 'sprite' is a reproduction of a piece designed by sculptor Alfonso Ianelli for Frank Lloyd Wright's 1915 Midway Gardens project in Chicago.  
Credit: Wikimedia 
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A wild parrot snacking on creosote seeds at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix  
Credit: Matt Mets 
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One of the most prominent features on the Phoenix landscape, Camelback Mountain is popular with day hikers and rock climbers.  
Credit: Drew Bloomfield/Wikimedia 
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The Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale. Phoenix and its suburb Scottsdale have some of the highest per-square-mile concentrations of golf courses anywhere in the world.  
Credit: Arizona Convention and Visitors Bureau 
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Cowboys watch the sun set over Phoenix  
Credit: Babe Sarver/Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau 
 
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