Why I love to live in Phoenix, Arizona

It is always a hassle telling people where you live if you are from Phoenix, Arizona because people already have these set of questions they are ready to ask you most of them are criticisms of my choice to live here.  The questions range from “Why would you want to live in such a remote place?” to “Don’t the animals scare you?” People already have this negative stereotype of Arizona of it being nothing but desert and sand. To address any and all question and doubts people may have of Phoenix, Arizona, I will list some of the top reason of why I love to live here.

1.     Hiking Galore

When summer rolls around Phoenicians find bliss and fun in good old outdoor activities and what better outdoor fun than hiking?  Phoenix has one of the most complex urban park systems in the US and this allows its people an array of parkas and rugged landscapes to hike to their hearts content. And what makes the complex urban park system even better is that no hiking spot is more than 20 minutes away. Since Phoenix is literally surrounded by landscape fit for hiking, you can be anywhere in the great city and not be far from a good time hiking the landscape. Phoenix really is a hiker’s paradise!

2.     The Culture

I hear a lot of criticism for Phoenix and Arizona in general that it does not have any culture at all. That is just not true at all and a very ignorant statement to make. Gone are the days when you would have to travel to New York or Los Angeles to catch a theater production; big-name productions have been stopping in Phoenix for years and will for years to come for they know Phoenicians love for culture. Cirque de Soleil, the world’s biggest theater production, has made somewhat of a second home in Phoenix, visiting every year with the most amazing of productions. Apart from this, you shall even check out the many local productions of not only theater but dance and music as well. Ballet recitals and Opera performances are peppered throughout the city, sure to cement your love for Phoenix.

3.     The Party

If you are a party animal then Phoenix, Arizona is just the town for you. The number of big-name concerts and festivals that pass through here annually is staggering. The people of Phoenix always welcome them with a warm shake of the hand and have a great time themselves. Phoenicians have always been known to have a sunny disposition but do they know how to party! Just to name a few things happening next year in Phoenix:

  • IdinaMenzel in IF/THEN, Jan 12-17
  • Disney on Ice: Frozen Jan 13-18 (the kids are going to love this!)
  • Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour January 12 – 17
  • FiestaMexico-Americana with LosLobos, Jan 30

If you are a wrestling fan then you are a lucky person to live in Phoenix, Arizona as the WWE makes its way here yearly and sometimes twice on the same year! I could go on and on and on about the wonderful stuff going on in Phoenix but all you need to know is that Phoenicians know how to throw a party.

4.     The Baseball

Are you a Baseball fan? Then you have probably heard of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and if you have heard of the Diamondbacks then you have probably heard of their super cool, super awesome home stadium, Chase Field. Sure Arizona has less than forgiving weather but do we know how to make the best of it! Chase Filed is a great example of how Phoenicians deal with problems, mainly being the weather. With its massive retractable roof, the stadium goes from normal outdoor stadium to super awesome indoor place in the blink of an eye. Enjoy baseball in an all new way in the HVAC temperature controlled environment! An entire air conditioned stadium protected from the sun, it is like being in your own living room watching the game live!

5.     The Light Rail System

Though introduced only a few years ago, I think the Light Rail System has become one of Phoenix’s best features. It is an extremely affordable way to get around town and boy is it always on time. If you are visiting the Light Rail system is one amazing way to get a tour of the city and have yourself a great time while at it. Do not worry if you have had a few to drink, the rail system will get you home safe and sound without the worry of driving.

Arizona is where we live and Phoenix for us is the only place home could ever be.

Top 10 things to do in Phoenix Arizona

Phoenix is always hustling and bustling with tourists coming in regularly to explore the great city and area surrounding it and there is an array of stuff to do here that is sure to fill everyone’s appetite for adventure. From serene Botanical Gardens to rugged landscapes, Phoenix is an open and varying land full thing to offer to those looking for excitement. All you have to do is look in the right places! Here are the top ten things- in no particular order- to do in Phoenix!

1.     The Desert Botanical Gardens

The Phoenix Desert Botanical gardens are a very cool and nifty way to learn all about desert plants. The guides there take you on a tour and teach you all about the different kinds of desert plants, or if you wait long enough, you can go on the tour after dark and learn what makes these plants tick when the sun goes down. And if you are lucky enough you just might catch a concert by one of the many musical legends performing in the gardens. With over 140 acres to explore, you can rest assured that there is plenty to do here!

2.     Heard Museum

Phoenix was once the homeland of people of many cultures and still continues to honor them and their traditions with complete reverence. And this becomes at the Heard Museum which hosts art, traditions and artifacts from Native American tribes from decades ago. The Museum offers tours to educate the general public about the great cultures of years past by showing them their traditions and building a respect for them. Classified as a ‘living museum’, Heard Museum is an integral part of Phoenix as it broadcasts to the world that is an accepting place that reveres culture.

3.     Arizona Science Centre

One of the most easily accessible locations in Phoenix and one where you will have loads and loads of fun is the Arizona Science Centre. With exhibitions to make any geek go squeak in excitement, the Science Centre offers an array of exhibitions. The MathAlive! Exhibition now also offers a very exciting look into the world of mathematics and just how it influences our live in the practical world. The permanent exhibitions however are on display 24/7. The Science Centre also now has an IMAX theater to behold to showcase science exhibitions, films and much more!

4.     Chase Field

One of Phoenix’s coolest things is Chase Field. Of course if you are a Baseball fan then you are no stranger to the Diamondbacks but what really takes the cake is the Diamondbacks’ awesome stadium. Arizona has some harsh summers and standing out in the field all day would be a harsh sentence for the players, so Phoenix came up an amazing stadium, which is Chase Field! It has a retractable roof that covers the sky, making the audience feel as though it is an indoor game, and with HVAC controlled temperatures you need not worry about the heat. So sit back and enjoy the game as you would if you were in your living room.

5.     Phoenix Art Museum

Do not worry, Phoenix does not just pander to sports fans, but gives generously to its art enthusiast woo with theater productions left and right. But what marks Phoenix on the map as one of America’s best art lovers is the Phoenix Art Museum. Being Americas biggest visual Art Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum attracts art enthusiast from all over the US. Situated in a 285,000 square foot area, it boats international exhibits all year round and almost 20,000 pieces from various locations on the globe. With art festivals and educational seminars the love for it grows ever more.  With the PhxArtKids program it aims to teach the youth about art history as well.  And love for art does not stop there; Phoenix addresses all kinds of Art Forms such as theater, dance and music. It has countless theater productions happening throughout the year and with Cirque de Soleil, the world’s biggest theater production, visiting Phoenix regularly, you can rest assured. Musical festivals also take place regularly in Arizona, with chart-topping artists filling the ranks of the lineup.

Phoenix is a prime example of a city that does not bore you. There is a fancy restaurant, an opera house, a theater production in every nook and cranny. There is something to please everyone’s appetite here both figuratively and literally, all you have you to do is get out there!