Phoenix, Arizona can be a quite formidable place to visit. Fortunately with some advice, it can also be quite welcoming. With summer highs exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit it's not a bad idea to visit during the winter months, or pack some extra sunscreen. Just a 10 minute drive from Sky Harbor International Airport, downtown Phoenix is the cultural epicenter for the arts in Arizona.
Most of the year the small town of Ludington, Michigan is nothing more than a small retirement community off the east shore of Lake Michigan, complete with shuffleboard, a mini golf course, and many, many antique shops. But once a year the town comes alive on the Fourth of July for one big communal block party!