Hotel at a Glance: Hampton Inn Phoenix Biltmore
It’s easy to relax at the Hampton Inn Phoenix Biltmore. Rooms come equipped with 32-inch LCD TVs and powerful Waterpik showerheads. The breakfast room offers convenient bar seating with outlets right on the countertop, so you can surf the web while you dine.
- Free hot breakfast: Fill up on cereal, waffles, fruit, and coffee any day or, if you’re in a hurry, grab a breakfast bag to go Monday–Friday.
- Getting around: If you want to shop or check out the local restaurant scene, hop aboard the hotel’s complimentary shuttle, which will take you anywhere within a 3-mile radius.
- Relax in the hot tub or go for a swim in the outdoor pool.
- Explore the great outdoors by hiking up the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail at Phoenix Mountains Preserve, located 3 miles from the hotel.
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.