Natural Beauty and Outdoor Fun
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Natural Beauty – and Plenty of Outdoor Fun
The Phoenix area’s natural beauty is just another reason for the city’s appeal – and that has nurtured an active outdoor lifestyle, including beautiful places to swim, hike, cycle, boat, golf, and much more.
The city’s natural surroundings invite residents to take part in a vast range of outdoor and sports activities – and they certainly do, thanks to more than 325 days of sunshine each year, mean high temperature of 85 degrees, and just 7.66 inches average annual rainfall.
It’s no surprise that golf is a big sport everywhere in Arizona, including the Phoenix metro area. With more than 200 golf courses, including many municipal courses and a host of private links and country clubs, including a number of world-class courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and others, there are golf greens for every skill level.
There are also seven lakes within an hour of the greater Phoenix metro area that offer fishing, boating, water skiing, picnic areas and camping, plus three major mountains that surround the Phoenix area that offer perfect terrain for hiking, climbing or just enjoying nature. Peaks in the Phoenix Mountain range complex include Lookout Mountain, Camelback Mountain, Stony Mountain and Piestewa Peak, among others.
Prefer spectator sports? You’re in luck here! Greater Phoenix is one of 10 metropolitan areas that have most major professional sports represented, including Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB) and Cactus League (MLB) baseball; Phoenix Suns basketball (NBA); Firebird International and Phoenix International Raceways; Arizona Cardinals football (NFL); Phoenix Coyotes hockey (NHL); and Phoenix Mercury women’s basketball (WNBA).
Annual sports events include the Safeway International LPGA Tournament; FBR Open Golf Tournament; The Tradition Senior PGA Tour; The Waste Management Phoenix Open; and the Arizona Men’s Tennis Classic.
Other sports events include the Senior Pro Rodeo; Coors Light World Finals Drag Boat Racing; NHRA World Series of Drag Racing; the; and the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, plus Cactus League Spring Training and the Fiesta Bowl Football Classic. The Thunderbird Classic Hot Air Balloon Race also attracts millions of visitors each year who come to see thousands of colorful hot air balloons in the Arizona skies.