Located in the heart of the Sonoran desert, greater Phoenix is known as the Valley of the Sun. This desert oasis stretches across more than 2,000sqmi and takes in Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and other communities surrounding the relatively young urban center of Phoenix. This city is easy to navigate: main streets are laid parallel in 1mi-by-1mi grids.
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