Greater Phoenix is a region of Arizona surrounding Phoenix. The total area accounts for 4.8 million residents (2020 census) and is the 11th-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Greater Phoenix/the Phoenix Metropolitan Area is also commonly referred to as "The Valley", the "Valley of the Sun", the "Salt River Valley" or just "Metro Phoenix".
- 5 Apache Junction
- 6 Chandler
- 7 Chandler Heights
- 8 Fountain Hills
- 9 Gilbert
- 10 Guadalupe
- 11 Mesa
- 12 Paradise Valley
- 13 Queen Creek
- 14 Rio Verde
- 15 Scottsdale
- 16 Tempe
- 17 San Tan Valley
- 18 Sun Lakes
- 19 Avondale
- 20 Buckeye
- 21 El Mirage
- 22 Glendale
- 23 Goodyear
- 24 Litchfield Park
- 25 Palo Verde
- 26 Peoria
- 27 Sun City – includes Sun City, Sun City West, Sun City Grand.
- 28 Surprise
- 29 Tolleson
- 30 Youngtown
- 1 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX IATA), ☏ . In east Phoenix, 3 mi (5 km) from downtown Phoenix. All major US carriers serve Phoenix Sky Harbor with lots of flights to major cities across the country. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines have hubs at Sky Harbor.
- 2 Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA IATA). In the East Valley, south of Mesa and east of Gilbert. It is served mainly by Allegiant Air, although Vision Airlines also offers service from North Las Vegas. This is a small airport that is being redeveloped into a major regional airport.
For Alternative airports and Private aviation listings throughout Greater Phoenix, see: Phoenix - By plane
There are 3 main routes into the Phoenix area:
- Interstate 10 (I-10); – a cross-country route running east-west across Arizona, from Tucson and New Mexico to the south, to California to the west.
- Interstate 17 (I-17) – an intra-state route running north from Phoenix to Flagstaff.
- U.S. Route 60 (US 60) – running (generally) east-west across Arizona, from Globe and New Mexico from the east (also known as the Superstition Freeway), to Wickenburg to the northwest (known as the Phoenix-Wickenburg Highway).
For more information, see: Phoenix - By train
Amtrak passenger train service to Phoenix has been discontinued, making it the largest city without Amtrak service in the US. The nearest station is 35 mi (56 km) south of Phoenix in the town of Maricopa and is connected to Phoenix, Tempe and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by an Amtrak Thruway shuttle bus (operated by Stagecoach Express) or by taxi.
Outside the Greater Phoenix area and within Arizona:
- For cooler temperatures (sub-100 °F (38 °C) in the summer, snow in the winter), head north towards Prescott, Sedona or Flagstaff in Northern Arizona area, or head east towards Alpine and Hannagan Meadow in the Mogollon Rim area.
- For Arizona's mountains and canyons, head north past Flagstaff to that big hole in the ground, the Grand Canyon, or even further north to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and the North Rim .
- For more of the Sonoran Desert or Arizona's Old West, head to the "Old Pueblo" of Tucson in South Central Arizona, or Tombstone in Southeast Arizona, or Yuma in Western Arizona.
- For some time on the water, the Colorado River downstream of the Grand Canyon has activities at Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Boulder City, Nevada, the Bullhead City/Laughlin area, Lake Havasu City, and wildlife refuges along the Colorado River in the Western Arizona region.
- For other metropolitan areas, you may want to visit Las Vegas, Los Angeles or San Diego.
- Or for the ocean beaches in Los Angeles or San Diego, or of the Gulf of California in Puerto Peñasco (also known as Rocky Point) in Sonora, Mexico.