Sleek Hotel with Expansive Gardens near Downtown Phoenix
Records show that in 1875, the newly incorporated but growing town of Phoenix already had two banks, four dancehalls, and 16 saloons. The town has come a long way since. It's now Arizona's capital and one of the United States’ largest cities, with millions of visitors passing through each year. Located just a few minutes from the city's downtown area, The Phoenix Place Hotel & Suites makes for a luxurious rest stop in between visits to the city’s many vibrant museums, Arizona State University, and Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. And you take in views of this beautiful city from the hotel’s rooftop deck.
The hotel’s guest rooms welcome visitors with soft hues of sandy brown and deep mocha. They’re designed to maximize comfort, and each has a workspace with Internet access for business travelers. You can start a game of volleyball or tennis in the hotel’s garden area. For a bite to eat, visit Midtown Grille, which serves American cuisine on the hotel’s first floor.
Phoenix: 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.