Peoria makes USA Today’s top 10 outdoor destinations

USA Today named the city of Peoria as one of the top 10 unique destinations to experience the outdoors.

Listed among beautiful places like the Grand Canyon National Park; Aspen, Colorado; and Niagara Falls, New York, the city of Peoria was named one of the top 10 unique destinations to experience the outdoors by USA Today.

USA Today selected Peoria, the only Arizona city on the list, for its proximity to Phoenix, the Sonoran Desert and Lake Pleasant.

“We know that our city’s treasure is the perfect combination of beautiful desert spaces, mountains, trails and the vast, cool waters of Lake Pleasant,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said.

“Even though we might like to keep it all to ourselves, we are truly thrilled to share our amazing amenities on the national stage so more people will be able to discover why Peoria is the place to be.”

This is the second time this year USA Today has featured Peoria, previously naming 10 Peoria sights that “hit it out of the ballpark.”

Also, in the last year, the city of Peoria has been recognized as being the Best Place to Get a Job, having the Best Ballpark in the Valley, being the Best City to Raise a Family and being the No. 1 Best City to Live in Arizona.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition as it is a testament to Peoria’s many outdoor offerings,” Communications and Tourism Director Jennifer Stein said.

“Peoria has been focusing on its tourism efforts by positioning the city as a premier destination, and seeing our efforts pay off with recognition like this is incredibly rewarding.”

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