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Perpetual sunshine

Phoenix boasts 300 days of sunny skies

Not surprisingly, Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, often appears as a “winter getaway” in travel magazines and websites. Why?

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Because there is sun 300 days a year in Phoenix and the temperature in the winter months is a delightful 60 degrees Fahrenheit—and no humidity! The city of Phoenix owns and operates three airports. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is the main airline-served airport, contributing more than $33 billion to Arizona’s economy each year and employing more than 33,000 people. There are hundreds of nonstop and connecting flights from points around the world each day. It is one of the nation’s 10 busiest airports. Conveniently located in the heart of Phoenix, Sky Harbor provides easy access to the luxurious resorts, spas, golf courses, and sunshine for which Arizona is famous.

Phoenix often appears as a “winter getaway” in travel magazines and websites. Why? Because there is sun 300 days a year in Phoenix and the temperature in the winter months is a delightful 60 degrees Fahrenheit—and no humidity!

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A visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West is worth the trip. Because of its year-round pleasant weather... ...Phoenix is great for outdoor sports such as hiking... ...and golf.

Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (DVT) and Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR) are the general aviation reliever airports for Phoenix Sky Harbor. Deer Valley is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the United States. It is located 17 miles north of the center of Phoenix. Goodyear Airport has a new terminal and one of the longest general aviation runways in the country at 8,500 feet. Also serving the area is Falcon Field (FFZ) with two runways; Glendale Municipal Airport (GEU); Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD); and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA).

Why so many great airports? Phoenix sits in flat desert land surrounded by mountains. It’s a great place to fly from, connecting pilots and passengers to the majestic and beautiful areas in Arizona like the red rocks of Sedona and the pine trees of Flagstaff. The McDowell Mountains are to the northeast, White Tank Mountains to the west, Superstition Mountains to the east, and South Mountain/Sierra Estrella to the south.

There is a lot to do in Phoenix, from hiking to horseback riding, hot air ballooning to happy hour at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Into golf? There are more than 200 golf courses in the area.

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Julie Walker

Julie Summers Walker

AOPA Senior Features Editor
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.

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