Hotel at a Glance: Radisson Hotel Phoenix North
It’s easy to explore Phoenix from this Radisson hotel, whether you want to browse trendy shops and restaurants downtown or go hiking and mountain biking in the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. The University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, is also close at hand—it’s a 25-minute drive from the hotel. And then there’s the Metrocenter Mall right across the street, where you’ll find lots of restaurants and a 12-screen movie theater.
- Free shuttle service within 3 miles of the hotel
- Brixton Pub serves up wings, burgers, and salads for lunch and dinner. Two happy hours run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.
- In-room amenities: mini refrigerator, coffeemaker, 42-inch high-definition TV with HBO and ESPN
- Get fit: Go for a swim in the outdoor pool or work out in the 24-hour fitness center.
- Southwestern-inspired decor reflects the hotel’s Sonoran Desert surroundings.
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.