The city of Phoenix was established in 1868. Two years later, the first survey and census of the city noted it was about a mile long and a half-mile wide, with 74 dwellings and a population of 250.  Today it is the capital of Arizona. It is the sixth largest U.S. city with a population of almost 1.5 million according to the official 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data. Greater Phoenix covers about 2,000 square miles and has a population of more than 4.2 million.

Some of the best attractions in the city are the Desert Botanical Garden to see desert plants, the Heard Museum for Native American art and culture, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Arizona Science Center, the Musical Instrument Museum and the Phoenix Zoo.

Of course, the best thing about Phoenix is it’s proximity to great places to visit, such as the Grand Canyon. There are really too many places to visit in Arizona to list here. Check out my menu for many fun ideas.

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