Things to do / Travel Guide
- Many Hollywood Western classics, such as the 1930s Stagecoach starring John Wayne, have used the region's rugged landscape as a backdrop. Southern Arizona has also inspired film encounters of a stranger kind, including: the 1950's sci-fi classic “War of the Worlds” (where Martians invade Phoenix), Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror classic “Psycho” (where the film's star, Janet Leigh, steals money from her boss' Phoenix office before meeting her end at the infamous Bates Motel), and the Coen brothers' cult classic film “Raising Arizona” (which was shot in various locations throughout the region).
- The famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral only lasted about thirty seconds.
- In the city of Glendale it is illegal for a car to back up.
- The sun shines in southern Arizona 85% of the time, which is considerably more sunshine than Florida or Hawaii.
- South Mountain Park, in Phoenix, covers more than 20,000 acres, making it the largest city park in the world.