Phoenix, Arizona
is your next destination!

Click here for the dedicated ASHHRA website for Downtown Phoenix!

See what's waiting for you in Phoenix!
Read below about that great stuff to do in Phoenix, and check out these photos so you can SEE what's waiting for you!  Here are some links to help you plan activities in between learning sessions, netwoking and the exposition.

 Around Town / Things To See and Do

Transportation around Phoenix is available via the new METRO Light Rail System. The 20-mile line links Phoenix to neighboring communities and includes stops at several local attractions. Light Rail's quiet, air conditioned trains operate 18-20 hours per day, seven days a week and stop every 10-15 minutes at 28 stations.

Our conference location is situated in the heart of the Phoenix Convention Center  with great entertainment just a short walk away. Outstanding shopping, dining and nightlife are nearby at  City Scape, which is a mixed retail environment including restaurants, bowling, comedy clubs, and new urban and boutique shops. For information and free guides on Things To Do, Dining and Events, check out

Across Arizona Tours is the preferred tour provider for pre and post ASHHRA Annual Conference events.  Enjoy specially selected programs offering a 10% discount to attendees, exhibitors and guests. These tours will take you to incredible places you'll definitely want to visit while in Arizona.

To view details and make your reservation with Across Arizona Tours, click here.

Check out these fun facts about the history of Phoenix

According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes.

Phoenix is the United States’ fifth-largest city with a population of nearly 1.5 million.


Greater Phoenix (which includes, among others, the cities of Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe) has a population of nearly 3.8 million and covers 2,000 square miles.

Maricopa County—where Greater Phoenix is located—covers 9,127 square miles.

Phoenix's elevation is
1,117 feet.


Greater Phoenix is located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, which is widely considered the most ecologically diverse desert in the world.

Phoenix averages more than 310 sunny days per year.

Phoenix has an average annual rainfall of 7.66 inches, an average annual temperature of 72.6 degrees and an annual high temperature of 85 degrees.

Greater Phoenix is home
to more than 200 golf courses.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open, played each February at the TPC Scottsdale, is the best-attended event on the PGA Tour, averaging more than 500,000 spectators.

13-15 million people visit
 Phoenix each year. More than 30 million people visit Arizona each year.

There are six lakes
within a 75-minute drive
of Phoenix.

Arizona is home to 23 reservations representing 22 different Native American tribes.

Phoenix is home to the largest municipal park in the world. South Mountain Park and Preserve covers more than 16,500 acres and has more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.

Greater Phoenix’s major industries are (1) high-tech manufacturing, (2) tourism and (3) construction.