This map of Maricopa County shows where most of the cities and towns that comprise Greater Phoenix are located. While the U.S.Census defines Greater Phoenix as including Pinal County, when most people refer to "the Phoenix area" they are usually talking about the cities and towns that are all adjacent in Maricopa County, the most populous county in Arizona.
The purpose of this map is simply to indicate the general directions and relationships of the various cities in metro Phoenix to one another.
So, for instance, if you are visiting relatives in Surprise in the northwest part of town, you'll note by looking at the map that staying in Chandler might not be the most convenient location! The boundaries on this map are not precise, nor is it drawn to scale. It is intended simply to provide visual assistance when you are looking for a hotel or motel in the Greater Phoenix area.
For more assistance with determining distances of our various cities and towns from each other, you can also check the tables of driving times and distances for the Phoenix area. Those tables also include distances to popular driving destinations outside Phoenix, like Sedona, Tucson, Grand Canyon and Rocky Point in Mexico.
Hotel and Resort Lists
Now that you have an idea of what part of town would be the best for your stay, you can find lists of recommended hotels and resorts in the Valley of the Sun on the following pages:
Central Phoenix and Paradise Valley
Downtown and Central Scottsdale
Carefree and Cave Creek
Chandler and Gilbert
Peoria, Surprise and Sun City
Avondale, Goodyear, Litchfiled Park and Buckeye
Near Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
What? You say you want to know why my map doesn't include places like Sun City or Ahwatukee? That's because they are neither cities nor are they towns. A community that doesn't appear on my map might be a county island, an urban village, or even a master-planned community. They might have significant populations or geographical areas, but they are not incorporated into cities or towns at this time.
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