Why It's Worth It

Twenty-first-century Phoenix is full of unexpected superlatives and a vibrant ownership of itself as a destination that’s just as exciting to live in as it is to visit. The city is home to the country’s largest city-run park (South Mountain), its only five-star Native American restaurant (Kai), and endless local creativity that draws its inspiration from the humbling landscape and history of the Sonoran Desert. —Stacey McKenna