Phoenix Journals

Arizona Dream

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A September 2006 trip to Phoenix by SeenThat

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Quote: Only in my third passing through Phoenix, I did manage to explore this low, hot furnace and my Arizona Dream became a reality.

Arizona Dream

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Overview

Paper Building Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Just above 300 meters above the sea level, the Valley of the Sun (as Phoenix is locally known) offers a sharp and hot contrast to the neighboring high desert of New Mexico. Moreover, with more than four million denizens in its metropolitan area, it is one of the major cities in the continent.Phoenix features several museums and cultural sights worth a visit; among them are the Historical Society Museum, the Arizona State Capitol, the Science Center, the Fleischer Museum, the Heard Museum, the Art Museum, the Arizona State University, the Museum of History, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the St. Mary's Basilica, the Tovrea Castle, and the Wrigley Mansion. Moreover, the city features an incredi...Read More

Flagstaff: Arizona Dream

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Attraction

Frozen River Photo, Urumqi, China
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My first impressions of Arizona were forged eons ago by a movie called Arizona Dream. Since then I always thought of it as “Arid Zone” and never even considered visiting it. Timed passed by and I found myself traveling frequently between California and New Mexico. Even by plane that meant stopping at Arizona and the spell was broken.Over time I visited several of the towns and cities scattered in this vast desert, but nothing compared to my first sight of Flagstaff, the first town of any size I saw in Arizona. Would I have arrived without early ideas about the place, then the effect of the sight would have been weaker. However, a very dense forest covering an area of high hills surrounded the ...Read More

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Greyhound Phoenix

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Attraction

Paper Building Photo, Singapore City, Singapore
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Most airports tend to be a sterile environment, similar to each other and unable to irradiate a feeling of the local culture. In sharp contrast, but terminals allow a close inspection of the local climate – the weather and human ones alike.On my first visit to Phoenix, I just passed through the Greyhound terminal, located on the 24th Street, near the airport. Regardless of the flights from Santa Fe, New Mexico, being cheaper and faster than the bus, I had preferred to take a close look at the – for me – unexplored area. Despite the discomfort of the trip, it was worth every minute; after leaving the cool, high desert of New Mexico, Arizona resembled an open furnace. Aware the weather p...Read More

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Desert Botanical Gardens

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Attraction | "Desert Botanical Garden"

Lumphini Park Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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One of the most amazing museum/parks I have even seen, the Desert Botanical Garden is within the Papago Park and not far from Phoenix and near the cities of Scottsdale and Tempe. It hosts what possibly is the world’s finest collection of desert plants. Founded in 1939, it displays fifty acres of exhibits, from 139 rare plant species to a complete desert house and offers several research and educational programs.The Desert Botanical Garden is open every day. From October to April it is open from 8am to 8pm and during the rest of the year from 7am to 8pm. A ticket for an adult costs ten dollars. Extra features are the pleasant Patio Café (which closes soon after midday), a library (which off...Read More

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Desert Botanical Gardens
1201 North Galvin Parkway (southeast Of Mcdowell Road & 64th Street)
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
(480) 941-1225

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

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Story/Tip

Mangosteen, Mango, Longan and Anona Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Before landing, I watched from above at Phoenix and the curious rock formations in its vicinity and got for the second time the impression that Phoenix was a big city. That impression was reinforced by the huge airport terminal. It wasn’t due to the number of departures and arrivals – after all you always need just one plane – but the extensive commercial activities taking place on every available spot of the terminal.On my second visit to Phoenix, I was practically trapped inside the airport for a few hours. I needed to wait for my next flight and leaving the terminal – though possible – would have meant to pass the security checks all over again. In a sudden attack of laziness, I postponed e...Read More