Hotel at a Glance: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
A breathtaking mountain landscape is the backdrop to this award-winning resort, located in the heart of Phoenix. Guests can cool off in the outdoor pools, or tee off on an 18-hole golf course that has garnered praise from Golf Digest and Arizona Business Magazine.
- Notable nods: AAA Four-Diamond rating
- Award-winning dining: Sink your teeth into tender cuts of steak at Pointe In Tyme, one of a handful of restaurants; you can also sip wine amid sweeping views of Phoenix's cityscape at Different Pointe of View, or grab a snack at Cascades Cafe.
- Splash down a water slide or swim underneath a cascading waterfall in the resort's two outdoor pools.
- On-site spa: Guests can indulge in reflexology massages and seaweed body wraps.
- Fitness center stocked with free weights and cardio equipment
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. The mountains north of Phoenix are 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.