Phoenix or ‘Valley of the Sun’, as this capital city of Arizona is also known as, has been rapidly growing and hence has today become one of the country’s mega-metropolises. Located in North America’s jaggedly stunning southwestern desert, Phoenix has retained its ancient flavor of the South-West which has survived through the journey of largeness and urbanisms of the city. There are various ways to get into the city with air transport offered by the two major airports here. Interstate buses run on a regular basis through Phoenix and there are numerous road preferences if a traveler is arriving by car. The only way one cannot access Phoenix is by train.
If you plan to make a trip through flights to Phoenix then note that the major air gateway to Arizona is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport which is also the nearest major airport to the city. It is situated near many freeway interchanges and is the foremost hub for US Airways and a major one for Southwest Airlines and Great Lakes Airlines. Flights from virtually every city in the U.S. and a good number of major international destinations are handled by the airport. Altogether 14 major airlines make their air flights to stop here.
Travelers traveling from other Arizona cities like Tucson, Sedona, Prescott and Flagstaff can easily access this city through the airport. More than 100 cities are served with non-stop flights. Many tourists use Sky Harbor en route to Arizona's wealth of historic Native American sites and national parks, including the Grand Canyon. Another major airport, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is 26 miles from the city and has cheap flights from Mesa, Arizona.
Thinking of getting to Phoenix through Rail?
When it comes to rail transport, it should be noted that Phoenix isn’t connected by rail due to a dispute amidst the Amtrack, Arizona Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad. Amtrak travelers may get off at Maricopa, which is 25 miles south of Phoenix and arrange thereafter to reach their destination by arranging some other transport as shuttle service does not exist. Another option could be, disembarking at Flagstaff and boarding bus to Phoenix. If you opt for Maricopa-Phoenix route, you are likely to reach Phoenix in about an hour while the Flagstaff-Phoenix route will make you reach there in three hours. Yet another alternative could be getting off at Tucson and taking a Greyhound bus into Phoenix.
Opt to tour by road!
Greyhound buses pursue routes to regions across Arizona and cities in the state, with bus transportation to cities further afield. Travelers coming to the city from Los Angeles, Denver, El Paso or even Mexico, can find it quite convenient to arrive here by catching a bus. There are quite a lot of buses every day moving between Phoenix and major destinations in north, south and west of the city. If you intend to make a road trip to the city it would be quite valuable for you to know that Interstate 10 penetrates Phoenix from the south and the west. If you are entering it from the north then interstate 17 is to be opted. Main routes into the city from the east and south are US Route 60 and Arizona State Route 87, respectively.
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