Welcome to Phoenix, Arizona where the sun shines more than 300 days a year and rainfall is at a minimum. A mélange of old and new where glass and steel structures share city blocks with 19th century homes and the futuristic looking light rail train passes through historic neighborhoods, Phoenix is unlike any other Arizona city.
Set in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by and interspersed with countless mountains and miles of desert landscape, Phoenix is a unique blend of the rugged outdoors and urban panache. From the majestic saguaro cactus towering almost fifty feet above the desert floor to the 483-foot Chase Tower gleaming above downtown Phoenix, the city has come a long way from its Wild West roots. But, that's not to say they've disappeared altogether. Phoenix has preserved much of its heritage, protected its mountain parks, and memorialized and paid tribute to the brave and the fallen all while continuing its march toward the future.
Drawing from countless resources and influences, Phoenix represents many facets - architecture, sports, arts, culture, geology, education, research, technology, history, music, and archeology - and embraces them all. Here in these pages are just a few examples of Phoenix personified. Experience the diversity and beauty of Phoenix and some of its most notable landmarks and points of pride through Paul Scharff's photography. We hope you enjoy the journey.