In March we went to Arizona and were hosted by two sets of friends, both of whom are retired. What a life! First we went to Tucson. I had no idea how different that area is from the Phoenix area. The mountains are majestic and were snow covered when we were there. It's more laid back and certainly less congested than Phoenix. Phoenix was warmer and more pristine; perhaps even more midwestern. Part of this perspective is where our friends live -- in a retirement community that caters to retirees from other areas of the U.S.
Our friends were all wonderful hosts; we had a marvelous time.