ICIS 2009 will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, which is the 5th largest city in the US with a population of almost 1.4 million people, all of whom add a bit of uniqueness to this wonderful city. The Greater Phoenix area, which includes the surrounding towns of Glendale, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Chandler and boasts a population of 3.4 million people, adds to the allure and cultural diversity of Phoenix.
In the heart of the “Valley of the Sun,” Phoenix gets 300+ days of sunshine each year, providing near perfect weather to enjoy numerous outdoor activities. Panoramic vistas, impeccably manicured golf courses, culturally diverse cuisine, luxurious resorts and deluxe hotel accommodations await visitors.
Cultural diversity, which played such an important part in the growth of Phoenix, continues to shape it today. Exciting area attractions, including museums and art galleries, provide glimpses into this colorful past of Native American tribes, Spanish Colonial settlements, Mexican American communities, and American cowboy and gold miner legacies.
Sightseers can explore the ruins of ancient Hohokam Indians and ghost towns, hike or horseback ride the mountain trails, revel in the beauty of southwestern architecture, delight in the expressiveness of Broadway shows, and soak up some culture at the Phoenix Museum of Art.
From a display of denim at an authentic western hoedown or an adventurous trek through a ghost town to a modern rock-and-roll extravaganza or a night spent watching baseball or Nascar, Phoenix provides it all. The adventurous can enjoy curving ravines, mountain trails, and rocky landscapes on the way to picnics, hiking or biking trips, fishing, or jeep tours. Phoenix is truly a city where there is a little something for everyone.
Phoenix is also a golfer’s paradise with cleverly designed golf courses interspersed throughout the beauty of the Sonoran Desert landscape. Numerous courses, offering multiple opportunities for a hole in one, a golfer’s dream, provide relaxation or challenge, depending on the golfer and the course.
Phenomenal spas, located at many of the fine resorts in Phoenix, provide amazing restorative treatments for the body to complement the rejuvenating process begun by living the Phoenix experience. Phoenix offers a high quality of life due, in part, to clean, crisp air, a community commitment to excellent living, and the best that Arizona has to offer.
Brimming with excitement, Phoenix offers nightclubs, sports bars, and entertainment venues to liven up the night air with sounds of laughter and enjoyment. A mouthwatering array of cuisine, ranging from Southwestern and Mexican to Asian and Indian, will delight diners.
It is important to note for traveling and logistical purposes that Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time. During ICIS 2009 Arizona will be on Mountain Standard Time (MST.)
There are basically three seasons in Phoenix: cool, perfect, and really hot. We predict the weather for ICIS 2009 will be “perfect”! The graphic below depicts a typical December week of day and night time averages. We recommend attendees bring a light jacket and pants as nights can become cool. Make sure to bring your swimsuit to take advantage of the warm days as you enjoy the resort's pool!
We have provided several websites below to help ICIS 2009 attendees conduct their own research on Phoenix and its surroundings areas. Each site will contain pictures, ideas, links, and resources that will help you plan your visit.
Grand Canyon National Park is approximately 422 miles/682 kilometers northwest (about 9 hours driving time) from the host hotel (www.nps.gov/grca). A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon will overwhelm your senses with its immense size: 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.
is approximately 107 miles/172 kilometers north (about 2 hours driving time) from the host hotel (www.visitsedona.com). Often called “Red Rock Country”, Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone. Whether you’re into history and archaeology, arts and culture, power shopping, outdoor sports, or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this against the backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
Tucson and surrounding area is approximately 132 miles/213 kilometers south (about 2 hours driving time) from the host hotel (www.visittucson.org). Tucson lies in the borderland of a region that blends the cultures of the United States and Mexico, and has a long history of settlement by ancient Native American peoples, Spanish explorers and Anglo frontiersmen. The University of Arizona is located in Tucson and the area offers a multitude of activities and fun things to do. Click on the wowget below to see videos, pictures and more on Tucson!