A city on the rise, Mesa, Ariz., is the state’s third largest city, where the sun shines more than 300 days each year. This progressive city of 445,000 residents is a vibrant and dynamic urban setting with a first-class business environment, highly educated work force, and quality of life that appeals to a variety of lifestyles.
Also in the Valley of the Sun is the city of Phoenix, the capitol of Arizona and the nation’s fifth largest city. The Valley offers major league football, baseball, hockey and basketball; two national parks, including the Grand Canyon; 25 state parks; and hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. World-class golf courses, shopping, movie theatres, symphony, opera, art festivals, museums, and restaurants provide diverse opportunities to sample the cosmopolitan lifestyle of the Valley of the Sun. In the desert areas of Arizona, there is little rain or snow, and the winter temperatures are mild. Although summers are hot in the desert, there is relatively low humidity, making the actual temperature comfortable.
The home of osteopathic medicine, Kirksville is located in northeastern Missouri in a growing community of nearly 20,000 residents. A thriving college town, Kirksville offers a low cost of living and a high quality of life. Kirksville residents enjoy a variety of cultural and recreational activities that appeal to a wide range of tastes. On Saturday mornings, residents enjoy local farmers’ markets, which offer fresh fruits and vegetables during the prime growing season. For outdoor recreationists, a state park and two city lakes are just a few miles away and offer camping, swimming, and boating facilities. For those who prefer to stay active and in town, a sports complex, YMCA, aquatic center, and neighborhood parks are available for public use. Kirksville also offers one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities, especially in the historic downtown area.
Within easy driving distance of major cities such as Kansas City, St. Louis, and Des Moines, Kirksville also provides easy access to Lake of the Ozarks, Hannibal, Nauvoo, and Mennonite and Amish communities. In addition to activities offered through the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, residents take advantage of the offerings of Truman State University, Missouri’s premier liberal arts and sciences university, with approximately 6,000 students. At Truman, residents enjoy a large library, an outdoor track open for public use, and many types of entertainment such as athletics, festivals, theatre, stand-up comedy, and concerts.
To learn more about Kirksville and tourism information, go to www.visitkirksville.com.