Couple of weeks back one of the Vedanta official of Orissa origin (possibly with others from Vedanta) was visiting various US campuses. They came to Phoenix, AZ but by the time I came to know about it they had already left. They visited Phoenix to see either Arizona State University in Tempe or University of Arizona at Tucson or both. Apparantly the climate of Arizona and its landscape has some similarity with the climate of Balighai (near Puri). They both are very hot in the summer; the winter temeprature of Phoenix is slightly lower than that of Balighai. In Phoenix the temperature hardly ever goes below freezing and is very pleasant in the winter. (It is very hot in the summer.)
Landscapewise Phoenix and Tucson have a lot of palm trees. The Phoenix area has a lot of lakes. One of the images in the Vedanta university flash presentation
(2 min 18 sec from the start) is similar to the Palm walk
of Arizona State University. Stanford
also has a palm drive, but it looks quite different.