Greater Phoenix owes both its nickname (“the Valley of the Sun”) and its more than 300 days of sunshine per year to its setting in the Sonoran Desert’s northeastern corner. Central to the region’s history and culture, the desert has a way of making itself felt in every aspect of life here. At InnPlace Hotel Phoenix North, it's evident in everything from the slender, towering palm trees at the front entrance to the guest-room artwork depicting rugged outdoor scenes. There's even a kind of oasis—the hotel's elegantly lit courtyard that leads to a multitiered garden abounding with flowers and verdant foliage.
The guest rooms’ soothing sand-colored palette also reminds of the city's saguaro-cactus-dotted surroundings. In-room amenities include individual climate control, complimentary WiFi, and tumbleweed loofahs. In the morning, the breakfast buffet brims with fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, and danishes. The onsite Copper Creek Bar & Grill serves an appetizer for guests, as well as hearty lunch and dinner fare such as wraps and burgers.
Phoenix: Desert Landscapes and Ancient Cliff Dwellings
Phoenix’s location in the Sonoran Desert affords some of most distinctive landscapes of any major U.S. city, best viewed at the excellent Desert Botanical Garden. The garden tends to more than 50,000 displays of cacti, trees, succulents, and other flowers native to the desert. Stroll through the Desert Discovery Loop Trail to overlook a yucca tree forest or inspect colorful wildflowers.
The rich histories of the Hohokam, Apache, Navajo, and other native peoples live on in several local museums, some of which work with tribes to produce educational and cultural events. Located northwest of the city, Tonto National Monument features cliff dwellings overlooking Theodore Roosevelt Lake. Visitors can take the 2.5-mile Lower Cliff Dwelling Trail to inspect the 20-room lower dwelling, which was built about 1300 by the Salado people and abandoned about a century later