This is the Valley of the Sun: Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, and Gilbert among others. This is one of the most vibrant and growing regions in the United States. When Jack Swilling settled here in the 1860’s he suggested naming the city Phoenix as they were rising from the ruins of the Hohokam people who had lived there for millennia before. It now ranks as the 6th largest city in the United States, maybe #4 by 2020. No wonder, with teams for all professional sports, a vigorous arts and entertainment community, and incredible history, it is a magnet for good living—if you don’t mind occasional 110-degree days. Take an air-conditioned tour of the Valley of the Sun with Eric.