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Douglas Markowitz

Set in the gorgeous yet seemingly inhospitable Sonoran Desert, Phoenix is a cultural metropolis set against earthy mountain views, offering world-class resorts, gourmet restaurants, outstanding museums and plenty of outdoor adventures — at least, when it’s not 100 degrees out. Arizona summers might be vicious, but the rest of the year — especially in the spring when the desert flora blooms and MLB Spring Training fever grips the Valley — the weather is perfect, boasting 300 days of sunshine a year.