Phoenix, also known as the Valley of the Sun exudes of a desert character that cannot be conjured, landscaped, or illuminated by light bulbs. John Ford understood that as did Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis L’Amour. You will come to that understanding too after spending some time in Greater Phoenix. Listed as America’s fifth largest city, Phoenix has cowboys, red-rock buttes and the kind of cactuses as portrayed in cartoon shows. It rests in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Rich in history, Phoenix is a testament to the spirit of visionaries, miners, Puebloans and ranchers.