In the northeastern Sonoran Desert, south of the Grand Canyon, lies Arizona's state capital Phoenix. With well over 4 million people, this is the state's largest city and one of the most populated cities in the USA. Welcome to the Valley of the Sun, where it is always warm and where the nature stands out from the landscape like a camel in a desert. Start out in the central Arts District. Here, the coffee and tea houses in between the galleries and boutique stores are a good place for breakfast. Looking out over the city is the carefully preserved Wrigley Mansion, a place for fine dining in a modern, or antique setting. Learn all about your digestive system, and more, in the downtown Arizona Science Center. Get gobbled up by a monster stomach and cycle high in the air in this interactive museum. Potential Einsteins can test their brain in the wonder center, while the little ones will love splashing about. For exhibits that are off the wall, visit the nearby Phoenix Art Museum, which is also filled with more conventional paintings and sculptures. A few blocks north, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is the place to see Navajo jewelry and ancient bowls and jars. Try your hand at creating pottery and jewelry yourself in the award-winning Mesa Arts Center. All the tools you need are there! Between Mesa and Phoenix is Scottsdale. In the Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art, the sky is the limit when it comes to art. After browsing the work of local creatives, explore the upscale stores in the Scottsdale Quarter.