Phoenix gets more than days of sunshine per year. I live in Pittsburgh, which is officially one of the most overcast cities in America. So when I was presented with an opportunity to spend six days in Phoenix at the start of spring, I jumped at the chance.
The city sits low in an arid valley surrounded by mountains and high desert - its once-rugged terrain having been replaced to a large degree by massive blocks of residential subdivisions, strip retail and office developments, and oasis-like golf and tennis resorts. The many slick and trendy dining, shopping, and gay nightclub options - coupled with the sunny dry climate and abundance of outdoors diversions - make this an increasingly popular lesbian and gay travel destination. Though Phoenix tends to be deeply conservative and there is no distinct gayborhood or gay scene, LGBT visitors will find themselves inundated with excellent dining and nightlife options.
By Andrew Collins. Few cities have grown faster and more dramatically in the past half century than Phoenix pop. The region is dogged by certain challenges prevalent in the West, such as rampant sprawl and sometimes oppressive smog.
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More than days of annual sunshine mean you can count on exceptional weather as you experience the rich diversity of our Sonoran Desert playground. Our near-perfect weather goes hand-in-hand with exciting recreation and adventure activities, which are enjoyed year-round. Experience a wide range of tours and sightseeing excursions, whether by Jeep or hot-air balloon, on horseback, or even by boat.
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Phoenix and Scottsdale sit in the heart of a valley which enjoys sunny days a year and is aptly named "The Valley of the Sun. Phoenix, probably due to its warmth, has a laid back small town feel. But don't let that stop you -- it has a thriving gay community and there's a growing variety of dining and nightlife options for all types here.