Phoenix, known as “The Valley of the Sun,” is the 6th largest city in the United States behind New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. It is the largest city in Arizona, as well as the Capital.
Phoenix was settled in 1867 by Jack Swilling, a Confederate Veteran of the Civil War, who saw potential for Phoenix to become a thriving farming/ agricultural community due to its well-placed canal system. The “Five C’s” - cotton, citrus, copper, cattle, and climate were the anchors of Phoenix’s thriving economy.
Phoenix provides residents and visitors with more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserves with 200-plus miles of trails, 185 parks, 32 community recreation centers, 29 pools, and 8 golf courses. Phoenix is known for several attractions, to name a few: Camelback Mountain, Musical Instrument Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo, Heard Museum, South Mountain Park and Preserve, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Science Center, and the Arizona Opera and Theater Company.
Phoenix is home to the Arizona Diamonds (MLB), Phoenix Suns (NBA) and Phoenix Mercury (WNBA). In addition, in the spring of each year, 15 major league baseball teams utilize the Phoenix metropolitan area for spring training.