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Star for Vacation Rentals Wigwam Resort - Phoenix The historic Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park (Phoenix) is the place to experience southwestern warmth, authenticity and charm. The ideal resort for a business conference, golf getaway, romantic Authentic Arizona escape or a family vacation, the resort offers something for everyone. The Wigwam offers more quality golf than any resort in the region, earning it Golf Magazine's Silver Medal Resort honors, as well as Links Magazine Best of Golf Award. Check out the website

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Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: Yes   Conference Facility: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Phoenix   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Golf Resorts   Activities: Biking or Bicycling, Fitness and Beauty, Golfing, Tennis

Star for Vacation Rentals Bucky's Casino and Prescott Resort Conference Center - Phoenix Come up to the cool pines of historic Prescott for fun and gaming at Bucky's Casino. Just 90 miles northwest of Phoenix, Bucky's is connected to the spectacular Prescott Resort. 24 hours a day, anytime is a great time at Bucky's Casino. Enjoy non-stop action on our 300 big-win 5¢, 25¢, and $1 slots. So Much To Do. So Close By. Prescott's ideal climate, scenic mountains and historic downtown make it one of Arizona's most popular vacation destinations. Alive with Arizona history, there's the old Courthouse, Whiskey Row, quaint Victorian homes, golfing and hiking. Check out the website

Phone: 1-800-756-8744  Price Range: $1 - $75   Size: 50 - 200 Units   Open Season: N/A
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: Yes   Conference Facility: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Phoenix   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Casino Resorts   Activities: Gambling, Gourmet Dining, Shopping

Phoenix is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Arizona, as well as the fifth most populated city in the United States. Phoenix is home to 1,601,587 people according to the 2009 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, and is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area (also known as the Valley of the Sun), the 12th largest metro area by population in the United States with more than 4.3 million people. In addition, Phoenix is the county seat of Maricopa County, and is one of the largest cities in the United States by land area.

Phoenix was incorporated as a city in 1881 after being founded in 1861 near the Salt River, near its confluence with the Gila River. The city eventually became a major transportation hub in North America and a main transportation, financial, industrial, cultural and economic center of the Southwestern United States.

The city has a notable and famous political culture and has been home to numerous influential American politicians and other dignitaries, including Barry Goldwater, William Rehnquist, John McCain, Janet Napolitano, Carl Hayden, and Sandra Day O'Connor. Residents of the city are known as Phoenicians.

Located in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has the hottest climate of any major city in the United States. The average high temperatures are over 100°F (37.8°C) for three months out of the year, and have spiked over 120°F (48.9°C) on occasion.

Phoenix and the surrounding area has several cultural activities, including the performing arts, museums, and events.

Performing arts

Several music venues take place around Arizona, but primarily in and around downtown Phoenix and in Scottsdale. One such venue is the Phoenix Symphony Hall, where performances from groups such as the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona often occur.

Another venue is the Orpheum Theatre (Phoenix) which is home to the Phoenix Metropolitan Opera. Concerts also regularly make stops in the area. Venues for concerts include the US Airways Center and the Dodge Theater in downtown Phoenix, Jobing.com Arena in Glendale. Since 2002, Phoenix has also seen a rapid growth in local arts through The Artlink Program. Several Smaller theatres including PHiX Gallery, Trunk Space, Space 55 and Modified Arts support regular independent musical and theatre performances.

Phoenix has been home to numerous popular musicians, mostly of the country and rock genres. Solo artists originally from the area include Duane Eddy, Stevie Nicks, Willy Northpole, Buck Owens, Wayne Newton, Jordin Sparks, Marty Robbins, CeCe Peniston, Dierks Bentley, and Alice Cooper. Several prominent rock groups have come from the Valley, including Meat Puppets, The Refreshments, Jimmy Eat World, Mr. Mister, Gin Blossoms, Several Members of the Coasters and The Tubes.

Several television series were set in Phoenix, including the current top-rated Medium, the 1960–1961 syndicated crime drama, The Brothers Brannagan, Alice and the CBS sitcom, The New Dick Van Dyke Show from 1971–1974.

Museums

Several museums exist throughout the Valley.

Phoenix Art Museum is the Southwest’s largest destination for visual art from across the world. Located at 1625 North Central Avenue, the 285, 000 square foot art museum stands at the intersection of Central Avenue and McDowell Road on the historic Central Avenue corridor.

Phoenix Art Museum displays international exhibitions along side the Museum’s comprehensive collection of more than 18, 000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.

A community center since 1951, Phoenix Art Museum presents a year-round program of festivals, live performances, independent art films and educational programs. Visitors can also experience PhxArtKids, an interactive space for children; photography exhibitions through the Museum’s partnership with the Center for Creative Photography; the landscaped Sculpture Garden; dining at Arcadia Farms at Phoenix Art Museum; and shopping at The Museum Store.

Another prominent area museum is the Heard Museum just north of downtown. It has over 130, 000 square feet (12, 000 m²) of gallery, classroom and performance space. Some of the signature exhibits include a full Navajo hogan, the Mareen Allen Nichols Collection containing 260 pieces of contemporary jewelry, the Barry Goldwater Collection of 437 historic Hopi kachina dolls, and an exhibit on the 19th century boarding school experiences of Native Americans. The Heard Museum attracts about 250, 000 visitors a year.

Other notable museums in the city include the Arizona Science Center, Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, Phoenix Museum of History, the Phoenix Zoo, the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park, and the Children's Museum of Phoenix.

In 2010 the Musical Instrument Museum opened their doors, featuring the biggest musical instrument collection in the world.

Fine arts

The downtown Phoenix art scene has developed in the past decade. The Artlink organization and the galleries downtown have successfully launched a First Friday cross-Phoenix gallery opening.

In April 2009, artist Janet Echelman inaugurated her monumental sculpture, Her Secret Is Patience, the new civic icon suspended above the new Phoenix Civic Space, a two-city-block park in the middle of downtown. This netted sculpture makes the invisible patterns of desert wind visible to the human eye. During the day, the 100-foot-tall sculpture hovers high above heads, treetops, and buildings, the sculpture creates what the artist calls "shadow drawings", which she says are inspired by Phoenix's cloud shadows. At night, the illumination changes color gradually through the seasons. The large three-dimensional multi-layered form is created by a combination of hand-baiting and machine-loomed knotting, and is the result of a collaborative effort with an international team of award-winning engineers.

Cuisine

Phoenix has long been renowned for authentic Mexican food, thanks to both the large Hispanic population and proximity to Mexico. But the recent population boom has brought people from all over the nation, and to a lesser extent from other countries, and has since influenced the local cuisine. International food, such as Korean, Brazilian, and French, has become more common throughout the valley in recent years. However, Mexican food is arguably still the most popular food, with Mexican restaurants found all over the area.

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