Greater Phoenix Communities

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Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Only Santa Fe competes with this upscale city for the title of Art Capital of the Southwest. Add world-class resorts, golf courses, shopping malls and boutiques, and Scottsdale offers it all. The nightlife here ranks among the best in the country, too.

Carefree/Cave Creek

Cave Creek, Arizona

The exclusive Boulders Resort is notched among the giant rocks that create an unusual landscape around these two towns in the far North Valley. A charming old-town area and the Chili Beer Company and Brewery are additional claims to fame, www.carefree-cavecreek.com. Read more about City of Carefree and Carefree Real Estate

Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park, Arizona

Visitors to this small West Valley outpost typically have one thing in mind: golf. They find it at the classic Wigwam Resort, the only area resort with three championship golf courses, www.southwestvalleychamber.org

Mesa

Mesa, Arizona

Mesa is Arizona's third-largest city, but you'll discover how this vast metropolitan area has held on to its hometown appeal. Shopping, dining, sporting events, and outdoor and cultural attractions are just some of the notable activities that visitors to Mesa enjoy. www.mesacvb.com

Chandler

Chandler, Arizona

The new Chandler Fashion Center and other premier shopping destinations draw visitors to this upscale gem. A vast selection of restaurants brings out the foodies, too. Plan a memorable date with a stop at Chandler's impressive performance venue, the Center for the Arts, www.chandlerchamber.com

Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Phoenix AZ

The name says it all. This exclusive resort community surrounded by Camelback Mountain Park and Piestewa Peak Recreation Area offers luxurious accommodations, spa retreats, shopping, dining and more, www.northphoenixchamber.com

Tempe

Tempe, Arizona

Most of the action in this lively college town centers around three attractions. Mill Avenue draws an eclectic crowd to its great shops, restaurants and clubs, while Tempe Town Lake attracts an active daytime crowd. And Arizona State University hosts exciting sports and cultural events, www.tempecvb.com

Fountain Hills

Fountain Hills, Arizona

In addition to its dramatic desert vistas and a glimpse of the Old West, this sparkling community in the McDowell Mountain foothills has one major claim to fame: a 560-foot fountain, the highest in the world, www.fountainhillschamber.com

Peoria

Perhaps most acclaimed for the nation's largest Spring Training facility, the Peoria Sports Complex, this city in the Northwest Valley offers more than baseball. Shopping malls, performance venues and great restaurants make it a favorite of visitors, www.peoriachamber.com

Apache Junction

Apache Junction, Arizona

This picturesque rural town attracts outdoor enthusiasts headed to the Superstition Mountains (where visitors can hunt for the infamous Lost Dutchman Mine), the Salt River (where they can rent a tube for a leisurely float) and the Apache Trail (where they can hike through scenic countryside to area lakes), www.apachejunctioncoc.com

Gilbert

Gilbert, Arizona

This area maintains its Wild West appeal with excellent hiking trails and horseback-riding excursions into the Superstition Wilderness Area. Monthly equestrian shows also draw visitors to the quaint community, www.gilbertaz.com

The Sun Cities

The Sun Cities, Arizona

These planned communities welcome residents 55 and up to a decidedly upscale resort retirement lifestyle. Great golf, shopping, dining and entertainment highlight the Sun City experience. Visit the charming community of El Mirage on the west bank of the Agua Fria River while you're in the area. www.northwestvalley.com

Avondale, Goodyear & Tolleson

Avondale, Arizona

These rural West Valley communities know how to have fun under the sun. Their proximity to the Estrella Mountain Regional Park makes them favorites for hiking, picnicking and other outdoor pursuits, while their friendly small-town spirits shine through, www.southwestvalleychamber.org

Glendale

Glendale, Arizona

Glendale's nationally renowned collection of antiques shops will keep you occupied. The charming city also boasts magical holiday events, a sinful candy factory, a quirky bead museum and the new Phoenix Coyotes hockey arena. www.glendaleazchamber.org

Surprise

Northwest Valley

This Northwest Valley community is one of Arizona's fastest-growing cities and is the new Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers.