Home to the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Diamondbacks, this major metropolitan city is sure to impress sports fans. For vacationers seeking outdoor activities, horseback riding, hiking mountain trails and bird-watching are all available within city boundaries.

A bird’s eye view of Phoenix will enhance your desert vacation immeasurably. Cruising over Phoenix’s bustling down town you will be impressed by American West Arena, host to the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. Neighboring this impressive sports complex is Bank One Ballpark, home to the championship baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Heading east, you will fly over the scenic area of Papago Park, punctuated by two sandstone buttes which have long impressed visitors with their intriguing shape and texture.

The Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens near Papago Park form an oasis in this modern desert community. Two of Phoenix’s most enticing attractions are even more awe-inspiring from the sky.

You can’t miss Camelback Mountain standing like a compass point within city limits. This mountain, actually shaped like a resting camel provides residents of Phoenix and its surrounding communities with the most elegant of sunrises and sunsets. Hiking enthusiasts find its rocky terrain and steep paths challenging, but each day hundreds of climbers make the trek to the top to see the view of the Valley of the Sun below.

The Salt River, whose water was once harnessed by the Hohokam people centuries ago, flows through the city of Scottsdale, highlighting a green belt of golf courses, public parks and other recreational areas for all to enjoy.

Visitors will be busy in Phoenix with year round events, sites and attractions. One flight above the city will give travelers an idea of just how much there is to see!