A cultural cornerstone of the Southwest, the capital of Arizona is home to 1.4 million inhabitants, and a wide array of desert attractions. Located in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix was founded in 1881, has grown into the largest metropolitan area in Arizona, and is still one of the fastest-growing regions in the U.S. This is possibly due to its warm weather—it receives approximately 85% of the possible sunshine during the year, beating out both Los Angeles and Miami.
Over 95% of residents within the city commute by car. The most common form of Phoenix public transportation is the Valley Metro bus system and a light rail (which is slated to add another 30 miles of track in the next 15 years). However, Phoenix is ranked the 15th most bicycle-friendly city in the US. Its major airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and there are Greyhound stations in Phoenix and Amtrak stations in nearby Maricopa.