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Shopping in PhoenixIf your monthly credit card statements read like shopping mall directories, this is your kinda town. The metro Phoenix phone book lists some two dozen major shopping malls.

At the high end is Biltmore Fashion Park , 2502 E. Camelback Rd., an open-air affair loaded with budget-busting names like Saks Fifth Avenue and Ralph Lauren. Desert Sky Mall , west of downtown at 7611 W. Thomas Rd., is more akin to the all-purpose suburban center you'll find back home (think Dillard's, Hot Topic and Sunglass Hut). Try Desert Ridge Marketplace , 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., for an open-air shopping center.

The Outlets at Anthem , SR 17 and Anthem Way, are a good 30 minutes north of the city center, but if you're crazy for Ann Taylor and Calvin Klein at cut-rate prices, it's worth the drive.

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In the shadow of office buildings, downtown's open-air Arizona Center , 455 N. 3rd St., offers apparel and a handful of tourist souvenir stores. Even if you keep the Visa card holstered, it's worth wandering around the nicely landscaped courtyards and fountains.

CityScape Phoenix , bounded by Washington and Jefferson streets and First Avenue, features an entertainment complex filled with hip dining and shopping options. Plus, after you exercise your buying power, you can get a workout in the on-site gym.

For authentic Native American arts and crafts, there's no topping the Heard Museum Shop, 2301 N. Central Ave. From high-quality jewelry and weavings to pottery and Kachina dolls, everything is purchased directly from Native American artists. The shop also stocks an extensive selection of books on the Southwest.

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Mojave Coffee & Records , 4747 E. Thomas Rd., offers a holistic arts experience with coffee, books and films as well as records.

The pedestrian-friendly Roosevelt Row (RoRo), Roosevelt Street between 7th Avenue and 16th Street, is the heart of the Downtown Arts District. Once a run-down part of town, it's now home to several indie art galleries. If cutting-edge art is your thing, it's a must. If not, stick to Scottsdale, where you'll find galleries of all kinds, as well as the valley's best shopping in general.

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Phoenix, AZ

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Travel Information

City Population

1,445,632

Elevation

1,117 ft.

Sales Tax

The statewide sales tax is 5.6 percent; an additional 2.3 percent is added in Phoenix and an additional 0.7 percent is added in Maricopa County. There is a hotel/motel tax of 12.57 percent. Rental cars incur a 15.1 percent tax, plus an 11.11 percent concession fee. There is a stadium tax of 3.25 percent. Airport parking includes a daily surcharge of $4.50.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(602) 262-6151

Hospitals

Banner Estrella Medical Center, (623) 327-4000; Banner—University Medical Center, (602) 839-2000; Maricopa Integrated Health System, (602) 344-5011; St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, (844) 369-5479.

Visitor Information

125 N. 2nd St., Suite 120 Phoenix, AZ 85004. Phone:(602)254-6500 or (877)225-5749

Air Travel

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Rental Cars

At the airport, Hertz, (602) 267-8822 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. has terminals at 2115 E. Buckeye Rd., (602) 389-4200, and 2647 W. Glendale Ave., (602) 246-0907 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

Taxi companies serving the greater Phoenix area include Yellow Cab, (480) 888-8888; Discount Cab, (602) 200-2000; and VIP Taxi, (602) 300-3000.

Public Transportation

Valley METRO Light Rail connects downtown Phoenix to the neighboring communities of Tempe and Mesa. To reach Sky Harbor International Airport, get off at the station at 44th and Washington streets. From there, the free PHX Sky Train connects to the East Economy parking area and Terminals 3 and 4. At Terminal 4, shuttle buses provide transportation to Terminals 2 and 3.

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