Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, are located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert in a region known as the Valley of the Sun, a metropolitan area with more than 4 million residents. With Phoenix being the sixth-largest city in the nation, this sunny "desert metropolis" offers the amenities of a big city in the midst of a strikingly beautiful, rugged, southwest landscape.

Scottsdale frequently earns praise as a highly desirable place to live. The city's more than 230,000 residents enjoy a vibrant mix of culinary hot spots, arts and entertainment, professional and collegiate sports teams, and community resources. The region's desert climate promotes an outdoor lifestyle with a full complement of sports and recreation.

With just a two- to four-hour drive, Phoenix metropolitan residents can escape to the "high country" to ski in the winter and fish, hike and camp in the warm summer months. Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon National Park and the unique red rocks of Sedona.

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Oct. 14, 2016