Palm-Shaded Southwestern Resort near Airport
Together, Phoenix and Tempe are inhabited by more than 1.5 million people—and growing. Here you'll find four professional sports teams, myriad cultural institutions, golf courses galore, and Arizona State University. Within Tempe and a few miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix–Tempe. The hotel simplifies travel with a complimentary airport shuttle and a business center equipped with touchscreen printing stations.
The hotel's contemporary decor includes guest rooms housed in low-slung buildings inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, who built his winter home, Taliesin West, in nearby Scottsdale. Slender palm trees shade the outdoor pool, and cacti flank Milagro's, the onsite restaurant. You can sample the eatery's signature chicken-tortilla soup at lunch or dinner. Outdoor patio seating surrounds a fireplace shaped like a step pyramid.
Tempe, Arizona: University Town near Phoenix
If you hear Tempe natives referring to a mountain, there's no need to ask which one. It's the local nickname for Tempe Butte, a steep hill with a 60-foot-tall letter A emblazoned on its south face in honor of Arizona State University. The hill stands just north of the school's campus, which is home to a student body of more than 70,000. Many of them congregate in the brewpubs, shops, and coffeehouses in the Mill Avenue District.
Located only a 20-minute drive away, Phoenix offers several acclaimed museums. At the Children's Museum of Phoenix, kids can build forts, measure vegetables in a pint-size market, and help paint an 11-foot-tall rocket ship. The Phoenix Art Museum includes a collection of Thorne Rooms—miniature dioramas of ornate interiors kept tidy by a fleet of tiny roombas.
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