Here is a roundup of my recent vacation in Phoenix. It was a pretty impressive city, although I couldn’t tell why. Honestly, there wasn’t a central financial or business district, nor did I see any significant industries. There were a bunch of strip malls and ghost towns, and apparently the inhabitants can make that work.
Still, Phoenix was a great outdoor city. The landscape looks incredible with its giant canyons and arid red rock. It’s also a very relaxing place and I would recommend it for a long weekend.
Here are my pros and cons from my trip there:
+ Mexican food. If you like enchiladas and burritos, you will love the food in Arizona. The benefit is that your food budget for a Phoenix trip can be quite low and you can still eat like a king.
+ Sun. The climate is warm and dry, every building in Arizona is air conditioned, and there are tons of pools and water sports. All of this adds up to a fun outdoorsy vacation, which can either be active on jet skis or relaxing in the pool.
+ Cacti. I loved the cacti and their arms sticking out. It adds a lot of character to the state.
+ Landscape. Arizona is a beautiful state and there’s a good boundary between the city and the surrounding area. There’s nothing better than hitting the road with huge rock formations in the distance.
– Radio DJs. Phoenix has some of the most incompetent DJs ever. I listened to one interviewing an eight year old boy about his first day at school and it was every bit as bad as you would expect. All of the music seems stuck in the early 1990s.
– Diversity. In the four days that I was in Phoenix, I could count on one hand the number of non-white people that I saw. While there’s nothing wrong with white people, you would expect to see a lot of Latinos in Arizona and it just isn’t so. It felt a little uncomfortable when compared to the mass diversity of San Francisco. Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the US.
– Fast food. On the flip side of all the Mexican food, there isn’t much to eat in Phoenix if you want to eat something that takes more than two minutes to prepare. In conjunction with the lack of diversity, all but one of the Asian restaurants that I saw in Phoenix was called “Super Buffet”.
+- Slow pace. People in Phoenix don’t seem to be in any particular hurry to get wherever they’re going. Traffic consistently flowed 5 mph below the speed limit, a contrast to my style of speeding 20 mph faster. While it was refreshing to not share the road with pushy idiots and super aggressive drivers, I was pretty outraged most of the time that traffic was so slow.