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  • 76%
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  • 69%
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  • 69%
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  • 64%
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  • 63%
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  • 59%
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  • 58%
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    I nabbed an internship in Phoenix last summer, and lived here for 12 weeks. The problem with Phoenix (from an East-Coaster's perspective), is that there is a downtown, but there's no vibrancy. If you're looking for some nightlife in this area, head to Scottsdale. Don't even think about using the public transportation system here. Yes, the light rail is nicer than most modes of public transportation in cities around the U.S., but since it doesn't really stop at any major attractions, it's not ideal for those who want to really explore the city. You must have a car.

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  • PhoenixPro 2014
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    Not the most interesting or sophisticated city but the weather is nice and it's an easy spot to enjoy a little time poolside. A good entry point for exploring Sedona or the Grand Canyon. Scottsdale is better if you want somewhere a little more upmarket.

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  • Phoenix

    • Matt’s Big Breakfast – Corner of Garfield and First Street (downtown), Phoenix, http://www.mattsbigbreakfast.com/

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  • Phoenix

    Tempe Lake downtown. Great restaurants, walking, bike riding area, right next to light rail. You can rent small boats and go out on the lake. Very relaxing, and theres a fully stocked Mall just a mile away.

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  • PhoenixPro 2014

    Finally got to visit this city of Phoenix, when all the other times we both would only be in the city because of the airport. Our friend took us to Phoenix to grab brunch before our trip back and pretty much drove us around Downtown Phoenix. It pretty much reminds me of Downtown Los Angeles. A few ghetto places and a few nice places. I thought there wouldn't be homeless people, but I guess I was wrong. There's always going to be at least 1% of them here and there.

    There's a few one way streets, so be careful when you're driving. ALSO be careful with drivers, some may look like tourist and will not look at traffic while busy looking at something else.

    Looked pretty cool. Try coming here at night time, the lit up loop will most likely amaze you like it would with me even when it wasn't even lit in colors :D I just can't wait to check it out the next time I visit!

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  • PhoenixPro 2014
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    Phoenix is like an urban city in the middle of the desert. There are a lot of people living here, so traffic exists on the streets and on the freeways. The downtown area seems to be undergoing a renewal with fairly new shopping centers, restaurants, businesses and areas of interest popping up. Expansion of the METRO light rail system is evident, with the newest part being the PHX Sky Train, connecting the Phoenix International Airport to the light rail system.

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  • Phoenix

    This city is huge and a great place to visit and live. The Phoenix valley encompasses a lot of suburbs and the valley as a whole has a ton of stuff to do, see and explore. There's more restaurants and bars here than I know what to do with. This area is also perfect for golfers. If you're visiting for a vacation its best to avoid the summer. The weather is literally perfect in the fall and spring. The winter is fantastic too but it can get colder here than most people realize. So don't visit in the winter expecting to go swimming or walk around in shorts.

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    I like Phoenix. It's not my favorite city, but it has its redeeming qualities. It's a slow city. A city that loves its malls and movie theaters (b/c it's way too hot to hang out outdoors!).

    I give it lots of stars for its beautiful sunsets. I honestly do think Arizona has some of the BEST sunsets in the world.

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  • Phoenix

    Phoenix is a great place for all ages! Many retired people will go for the winter and leave in the summer. ASU is also home here and the college kids have a great place in Tempe! Enjoy the weather and go!

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  • Phoenix

    When I visited there didn't seem to be too much going on here. It was obviously hot, there were tumbleweeds, saw someones engine explode, and there was a good amount of traffic everywhere we went. It has some interesting architectural styles in the buildings but, outside of that I did not experience anything extremely memorable.

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  • Phoenix

    that is such a bueatiful place also to relax an enjoy the place out an to go site seening also. 1 day i would also like to go there also.

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  • PhoenixPro 2014
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    Phoenix is part college and part retirement community. It's a small city that's slowly expanding and engulfing the towns around it. The scenery outside of town is good, so you might be stuck using Phoenix as a base for other adventures.

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    This is the time that I like to visit my parents. The weather in Phoenix is great in the winter, and there's plenty to do. There are more tourist attractions open then than in the summer because of the heat. The festivals are in full bloom and the sports are great.

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    Blech. The poster child of the term suburban sprawl. It didn't use to be this bad in the early 90's but now there are strip malls as far as the eye can see. It is quite a shame that some of the natural desert that was here just a few decades ago is no longer here.

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  • Phoenix

    By far the most picturesque city I've every been to, very friendly and easy to navagate. If I could this would be my dream retirement home.

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  • Phoenix

    Avoid during the hot months, May through September. A must-visit destination during winter months.

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  • Phoenix

    would like to go with someone who likes to travel and take time to see sights,first time was a fail...

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  • Phoenix

    Went to Phoenix, Tempe, Flagstaff, Sedona, and Scottsdale. Scottsdale was unbelievable!!! Especially if you golf. Flagstaff and awesome-beautiful place.

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  • PhoenixPro 2014
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    Phoenix is hot - especially in the summer, but it is a dry heat. In fact it is so dry that it sometimes bothers us more than the heat itself. We stay outside the main area so it is easier to get around and sometimes a little cheaper.

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  • Phoenix

    Overcrowded, not easy to get around in, too much traffic, accidents, rude drivers. Crime is rampant even in the nicer areas, you have to be ever on the alert for self protection. Air pollution seems to be a constant. Summer hot temps last from March to November.

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Desert landscapes, Native American influences, Southwestern cuisine, over 300 days of sun a year, and one of the largest universities in the country (Arizona State University, in nearby Tempe) create a fascinating juxtaposition of Southwestern cultures and activities. Which is part of why the city is so hot right now. And we don't mean just physically hot (although 104F is the *average* daily temperature in July). To see why you should think of Phoenix as more than a sprawling mega-city (the fifth largest in the nation), try starting your day on horseback, moseying up Camelback Mountain. Or take a daybreak hot-air balloon ride, gliding over the Sonoran desert. Visit a 1500-year-old Native American village (the Pueblo Grande Museum) in the afternoon and end your day either dining on fusion cuisine based on Pima Indian traditions (think buffalo in saguaro blossom syrup and roasted maize cheesecake) or two-stepping in Scottsdale. The next day, catch one of Phoenix's many professional sports teams or relax with a nopales cactus wrap (much more comfortable than it sounds) or a round of golf at one of dozens of spas and resorts surrounding the city, and you will have forgotten all about ... read more
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