The city of Phoenix is the hub of the Valley of the Sun, a region that buzzes with fun activities and vibrant Southwest culture. The area’s many skyscrapers can’t begin to rival the surrounding mountain peaks, and that’s good news for hikers, cyclists and nature lovers eager to explore. Sports enthusiasts can take in an Arizona Cardinals football game in winter or an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game in springtime. The mild winter temperatures make it possible to enjoy your own athletic and recreational activities outdoors while much of the nation is shivering in the cold. A large metropolitan area like this offers something for everyone, with entertainment, shopping and museums at every turn.