Hotel at a Glance: Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
The Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino stands out in Laveen, Arizona—considering its size, it would be hard to miss. Inside, you'll find multiple restaurants, bars, 24/7 gaming action, an entertainment venue, and more. It's all just minutes from downtown Phoenix.
- Stay and play at the attached casino, which features more than 950 slot machines and 36 gaming tables.
- Make a splash in the outdoor pool or lay out on one of the private cabana platforms.
- Fork up hearty fare at the onsite Ditka's Restaurant.
- Live music: The hotel frequently hosts performances by musicians and comedians.
- Work up a sweat in the onsite fitness center.
Phoenix, Arizona: Bustling Metropolis and Native American Culture Surrounded by Desert
Phoenix enjoys about 300 days of sunshine a year, which has helped it to balloon into the sixth-largest city by population in the United States. It's also 1 of only 12 US cities with at least four major sports teams: the Arizona Cardinals (NFL), the Phoenix Suns (NBA), the Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), and the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL).
Though the topography of the Phoenix area is all desert, it's by no means desolate. Camelback Mountain is a designated city park area with scenic trails that wind past boulders and red-sandstone formations; climb to the very top for a view of the entire city. Or hit the themed trails at the Desert Botanical Garden filled with southwestern flora such as huge sonoran cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents. Either way, plan hikes in the early morning or twilight hours to catch the most stunning sunlit views and stay cool.
For an in-depth look at the cultures of Arizona’s indigenous population, browse the 12 exhibition galleries and sculpture garden at the Heard Museum.The collection’s nearly 40,000 pieces of art range from 500 Hopi katsina dolls to a full-size Pueblo oven. In nearby Scottsdale, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West was the renowned prairie-style architect’s winter home as well as a campus for his architecture school.