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.