Phoenix, Arizona is the de facto regional capital of the Southwestern USA. The state capital, Phoenix is now the USA's fifth-largest city by population, an astounding fact given that the city had fewer than 100k residents as recently as World War II. It's the center of a vast metropolitan area known variously as Phoenix Metropolitan Area and the Valley of the Sun, which now home to nearly five million people. Phoenix is located near the edge of one of North America's great deserts (the Sonoran), close to the middle of the state. Despite its explosive population growth, Phoenix offers some of the best hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor recreation areas of any major US city. At the same time, its 15x (core city) growth over the last 70 years has allowed it to become a big-time sports city, as evidenced by its state-of-the-art stadiums and arenas. In this drone video collection, you can check out the great Sunbelt city from an aerial point of view. Aerial photo: Phoenix, from the Mountains by AirVuz contributor and drone pilot Blaze.
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