Newly renovated Phoenix hotel with a free 24-hour airport shuttle and an outdoor heated pool and hot tub
Hotel at a Glance: Radisson Hotel Phoenix Airport
Fresh off of a $9.5 million renovation, the Radisson’s guest rooms now sport a clean, minimalist look. Beds with built-in lighting complement wood accent walls and furnishings in crisp shades of gray and white. Adding convenience to style, mini fridges and free WiFi.
- Where to eat: RBG Bar & Grill casual dining offering plates with local flare
- Best way to unwind: taking a dip in the outdoor heated pool or hot tub
- Free ride from the Phoenix airport on the hotel’s 24-hour shuttle
- Downtown Phoenix is about 25 minutes away via the nearby light-rail station.
Phoenix, Arizona: Bustling Metropolis and Native American Culture Surrounded by Desert
Though the topography of the Phoenix area is all desert, it’s by no means desolate. Camelback Mountain is a 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.