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Valley of the Sun

There’s a good reason why Phoenix is often called the ‘Valley of the Sun’– situated in the unique Sonoran Desert, the city receives more than 300 days of sunshine in the year and is also well-known for its residents’ sunny disposition. Phoenix is also the capital city of the state of Arizona and the most populous in the South-west. In recent times, Phoenix has emerged as a thriving cultural hub, and has an outstanding opera and an acclaimed symphony, in addition to several theatres and museums. If you’re planning a trip to this vivacious, dynamic city, avoid the summer months of June to August, where the hot desert sun gets the mercury soaring. However, do make sure to take a look at our list of the best things to do in Phoenix, in order to make the most of your stay.

Heard Museum

Founded in the year 1929 by Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard, this museum is dedicated to history and culture of the Native tribes of the American South-west. However, the museum refuses to identify as a history museum but rather calls itself a living museum with contemporary art and artifacts. A significant portion of the museum’s collection comes from the ‘La Ciudad Indian’ ruin. The museum is now internationally recognized for its comprehensive and insightful collections, which comprise of more than 40,000 items. Don’t miss the ‘Mareen Allen Nichols’ Collection that has 260 pieces of jewelry or the ‘437 Hopi kachina dolls’. The Heard Museum also hosts several festivals through the year, the most famous of which is the annual ‘El Mercado de Las Artes’ that features artwork by Hispanic artists and Mariachi singers. February sees the annual ‘World Championship Hoop Dance Contest’, while March is dedicated to the ‘Indian Fair and Market’ – make sure to check the festival calendar while planning your visit to the museum.

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