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American Express -- There's an American Express office at 2201 E. Camelback Rd. (tel. 602/468-1199; www.amextravelresources.com). It's open Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Dentist -- Call the Dental Referral Service (tel. 866/639-7444; www.dentalreferral.com).

Doctor -- Call the Banner Health Physician & Resource Line (tel. 602/230-2273; www.bannerhealth.com) for doctor referrals.

Emergencies -- For police, fire, or medical emergencies, phone tel. 911.

Eyeglass Repair -- Nationwide Vision Centers (www.nationwidevision.com) has locations around the Valley, including 7904 E. Chaparral Rd., Ste. A-108, Scottsdale (tel. 480/874-2543); 4280 E. Indian School Rd., Ste. 107, Phoenix (tel. 602/952-8667); and 2040 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Ste. 120, Tempe (tel. 480/966-4992).

Hospitals -- The Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, 1111 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix (tel. 602/839-2000; www.bannerhealth.com), is one of the largest hospitals in the Valley.

Hot Lines -- The Visitor Information Line (tel. 602/252-5588) has recorded tourist information on events in Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun.

Internet Access -- If your hotel doesn't provide Internet access, your next best bet, if you aren't traveling with your own laptop, is to visit one of the FedEx Offices in the area. There are locations in downtown Phoenix at 201 E. Washington St. (tel. 602/252-4055); off the Camelback Corridor at 3801 N. Central Ave. (tel. 602/241-9440); and in Scottsdale just off Camelback Road at 4513 N. Scottsdale Rd. (tel. 480/946-0500).

Lost Property -- If you lose something at the airport, call tel. 602/273-3333; for anything that was lost on a Valley Metro bus or the light rail, call tel. 602/534-5053.

Newspapers & Magazines -- The Arizona Republic (www.azcentral.com) is Phoenix's daily newspaper. The Thursday edition has a special section with schedules of the upcoming week's movie, music, and cultural performances. New Times is a free weekly journal with comprehensive listings of cultural events, films, clubs, and concert schedules. The best place to find New Times is at corner newspaper boxes in downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Tempe.

Pharmacies -- Contact Walgreens (tel. 800/925-4733; www.walgreens.com) for the Walgreens pharmacy that's nearest you; some are open 24 hours a day.

Police -- For police emergencies, phone tel. 911.

Post Office -- The Phoenix Downtown Post Office, 522 N. Central Ave. (tel. 602/253-9648), is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5:30pm. In Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Post Office, 1776 N. Scottsdale Rd. (tel. 480/948-1448), is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 4pm. For other locations, contact the United States Postal Service (tel. 800/275-8777; www.usps.com).

Safety -- Don't leave valuables in view in your car, especially when parking in downtown Phoenix or at trail heads. Put anything of value in the trunk or under the seat. Take extra precautions after dark in the south-central Phoenix area and downtown. Violent acts of road rage have been all too common in Phoenix in the past, so it's a good idea to be polite when driving. Aggressive drivers should be given plenty of room.

Taxes -- State sales tax is 6.6% (plus variable local taxes, so expect to pay around 9%). Hotel room taxes vary considerably by city but are mostly between 12% and 15%. It's in renting a car that you really get pounded. The total taxes and surcharges when renting a car at Sky Harbor Airport add up to more than 50%.

Weather -- For weather information, call tel. 800/555-8355, and say "weather."

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.