Phoenix is the capital of Arizona, as well as the largest city in the state. Phoenix has a population of 1,593,659 residents. It is the fifth most populated city in the United States. The area was incorporated into a city in 1882 after being founded near the Salt River in 1862. Phoenix has very hot summers with temperatures reaching the 100 degree mark on most days. Temperatures can go above 110 degrees as well. Even the winters in Phoenix are warm, with temperatures on average of 80 degrees. The area is dry, with only 1.07 inches of rain being accumulated through the year. Snowfall is rare, but possible in the area. The Sky Harbor International Airport serves the Phoenix area, and there is also a rail and bus system providing transportation. Not to mention the option of car rentals.
Cuisine is of importance in Phoenix, and Mexican food being the specialty served in the city. However, there is cuisine from a variety of places, both international and domestic. One of Phoenix's best restaurants is the Cibo Restaurant. Cibo serves customers an extensive menu of the finest Italian food in Arizona. The restaurant was restored in 1913 as a bungalow, and features hardwood floors, a fireplace, and white tablecloths atop each table. Open for both lunch and dinner hours, you can not go wrong with Cibo. There is a great choice of the finest wines available, by the glass and the bottle. Visit Cibo at 603 North 5th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ.
The Heard Museum cannot be missed while in Phoenix. This museum sets itself apart not only in the way its pieces are displayed, but with the contents found inside. There are more than 32,000 pieces of art and structures inside of the museum. The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ.
If you love animals, the Phoenix Zoo should not be missed. Named as one of the top 5 zoos for kids in the United States, the Phoenix Zoo offers visitors the chance to see more than 1,300 animals displayed in their natural habitats. Enjoy the endangered species carousel at the entrance of the zoo, along with plenty of other fun and exciting exhibits. A petting zoo and stingray bay are also among the zoos best attractions. See the zoo at 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ.