Phoenix City Guide
With a subtropical desert climate, it’s not hard to see why Phoenix, Arizona’s nickname is Valley of the Sun. Summers here are very long and very hot (over 100 days of 100+ °F temperatures and at least 18 days of 110 °F), while winters are short and mild (around 55 °F, although it once got as low as 16 °F and the city closed down because no one owned a winter coat).
It’s also not hard to see why the 1.4 million residents of Phoenix spend so much time at waterparks, like Oasis Water Park, Big Surf Waterpark, and Wet ‘n’ Wild (not to be confused with the inexpensive makeup brand or anything non-family-oriented). And with the wide variety of water sport and recreation equipment that most people own—water wings, snorkels and flippers, floating chaise lounges, inflatable martini glasses, and Star Wars Death Star Hop Ball—you’ll definitely need extra storage space to keep all these toys out of sight.
If 100 °F temperatures are not enough to scare you into staying indoors all summer (i.e. February through November), then you can take a trip out to the Grand Canyon, Lake Havasu (where the old London Bridge is now located—yes, you read that right), or Montezuma’s Castle (which is neither a castle nor related to Aztec emperor Montezuma).
If the never-ending heat does scare you, you can always check out the Arizona Science Center or one of the 62,000 air-conditioned hotel rooms in the city. Phoenix is, after all, a top travel destination. Once you return from all these fabulous points of interest, a self-storage unit will be a great help for stashing all your souvenirs. Where else are you going to put your cacti, rattlesnakes, and chunks of faux castle?