Phoenix is hot—both in temperature and in growth. Sunny and scenic, the city is seeing a population boom as big businesses move down to this desert oasis.
- Dry heat or not, 105 degree average highs in July are nothing to sneeze at; plan to bring a large bottle of water with you everywhere you go. You. Must. Stay. Hydrated.
- That's no mirage—things actually grow in the desert. Check out the Desert Botanical Garden for more varieties of cacti (and, OK, other plants) than you've ever known existed.
- The award for "Brutal Honesty" goes to … The Heart Attack Grill just outside Phoenix, for its Quadruple Bypass Burger with a side of Flatliner Fries. Have lunch and face death.