Why you should go to Phoenix !

With over 300 days of sun each year, it's no surprise that Phoenix metro area is known as the Valley of the Sun. Sometimes the sun is overwhelming, with temperatures in the triple digits (Fahrenheit, that is), so join the snowbirds flocking to Phoenix in the winter to avoid terminal sunburns. 

Phoenix is the capital and largest city in Arizona State and home to 1.5 million people, making it the 6th largest city in the United States. For the outdoors enthusiast, the Valley of the Sun is a unique travel destination, featuring the stunning Sonoran Desert with an array of adventures such as rock climbing, hiking and biking trails, and jeep and hot air balloon tours. Phoenix is also considered the gateway to Grand Canyon National Park. In the Phoenix Metropolitan Area you'll find world class golf courses, resorts, spas, restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. It's the ultimate adult playground!

Phoenix is so spread out geographically, LGBTQ Phoenicians don't have just one district. The sprawl can be overwhelming but remember, the centrally located Melrose District is clustered with LGBTQ-owned or friendly businesses as well as many bars and night clubs.

Protested in over 70 U.S. cities, the State of Arizona passed a law in 2010 that requires immigrants to carry papers at all times and many see this law as leading to racial profiling. Although same-sex marriage was made legal in October of 2014, travelers should be aware that lawmakers passed a bill in the same year allowing business owners to deny service to LGBTQ people on the basis of their personal religious beliefs. However, many queer and gay-owned or friendly businesses cater to LGBT-Q tourists.

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Downtown / Melrose area (gayborhood) is very friendly.