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Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. With 1,615,017 people, Phoenix is the fifth most populous city nationwide, the most populous state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.Phoenix is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is a part of the Salt River Valley. The metropolitan area is the 12th largest by population in the United States, with approximately 4.3 million people. In addition, Phoenix is the seat of Maricopa County and, at 517.9 square miles (1,341 km2), it is the largest city in the state, more than twice the size of Tucson and one of the largest cities in the United States.Settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers, Phoenix incorporated as a city in 1881. Located in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has a subtropical desert climate. Despite this, its canal system led to a thriving farming community, many of the original crops remaining important parts of the Phoenix economy for decades, such as alfalfa, cotton, citrus, and hay (which was important for the cattle industry). In fact, the "Five C's" (Cotton, Cattle, Citrus, Climate, and Copper), remained the driving forces of Phoenix's economy until after World War II, when high-tech industries began to move into the valley and air conditioning made residences much more comfortable in the very hot summers.To personalize your trip to Phoenix, create itinerary details specific to you using our United States road trip planner.
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$215 BOOK WITH VIATOR Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
$150 BOOK WITH VIATOR Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour at Sunset Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour at Sunset
Duration: 2 hours
$229 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Scottsdale Off-Road Jeep Tour Private Scottsdale Off-Road Jeep Tour
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
$169 BOOK WITH VIATOR Small Group Sedona Red Rock and Native American Ruins Day Tour Small Group Sedona Red Rock and Native American Ruins Day Tour
Duration: 11 hours
$70 BOOK WITH VIATOR Scottsdale Segway Tour - Ultimate Old Town Exploration Tour Scottsdale Segway Tour - Ultimate Old Town Exploration Tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
$95 BOOK WITH VIATOR Kayak Tour on the Verde River Kayak Tour on the Verde River
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
$75 BOOK WITH VIATOR Afternoon Scottsdale Segway Tours Afternoon Scottsdale Segway Tours
Duration: 2 hours
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