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Nestled in the Valley of the Sun is the country’s 6th largest state, Phoenix, Arizona.  You’ll notice some things right away; the sky is bluer, the cacti are taller, the stars are brighter and the sunsets will make you want to sit and stare a while.

Because there are so many wonderful places to visit, it will be a challenge to figure out what can’t be missed.  Following are just a few of our favorite spots in the Valley.

Gardens and Museums

There’s no better introduction to the beauty of the desert than visiting the Desert Botanical Gardens (1201 N. Galvin Parkway) located 8 ½ miles from the hotel.

Learn about American Indian arts and culture at the Heard Museum 2301 N. Central Ave.  Special Event…….Chocolate, Chili and Cochineal.   Only 1.76 miles from the

Iconic American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, built a “winter camp” called Taliesin West in neighboring Scottsdale.  It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.  12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. in Scottsdale.  25 miles from the
A walking tour of Old Town Scottsdale would be the perfect ending to the day.

The Musical Instrument Museum (a must see for even the least musically inclined)  4725 E. Mayo Blvd in Phoenix.  20 miles from the hotel.

Phoenix Art Museum  1625 N. Central Ave.  1.25 miles from the hotel.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix for children up to 10 years of age and the grown-ups who care about them.  www.children’  215 N. 7th Street in Phoenix.  ½ mile from the hotel

Additional Museums

Hiking trails

Whether you’re in the mood for a leisurely stroll through a desert wilderness area or a hike up a mountain, there is a park close by for outdoor fun.  The following websites will help you find the trail that is perfect for you.  or or

Of course, the ultimate hiking trail would be the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon National Park just 3 hours and 46 minutes from the hotel.

Sports & Theatre

Baseball - The Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals, Friday, 9/27, at 6:40 pm, Saturday, 9/28 at 5:10 pm and Sunday, 9/29 at 1:10 pm.  Chase Field in Phoenix.  401 E. Jefferson St.  Phoenix.  Less than 1 mile from the hotel.

Football - The Arizona State Sun Devils vs. USC Trojans at the Sun Devil Stadium (NFL) Sat. 9/28 at Sun Devil Stadium.  500 E. Veteran’s Way, Tempe.  12 miles from the hotel.

Keith Urban, Little Big town & Dustin Lynch, Sunday, 9/29 at 7:00 pm, at the Desert Sky Pavilion (outdoor amphitheatre) 2121 N. 83rd Ave. Phoenix.   11 miles from the hotel.


Playing a round of golf in AZ is like no other place in the world.  There is plenty of sunshine, spectacular mountain views and always a coyote or two on the course.  A round of golf can be pricey and tee times can be difficult to get.  Plan ahead if you anticipate hitting the links. or or

List of Courses


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Tombstone, Arizona is a throwback to the days of the Old West. Main Street has been kept relatively similar to that of the days of the late 1800's. The OK Corral, where the Earp's and Doc Holiday killed three members of the Clanton gang, is downtown and, of course, a historical highlight. Other points of interest are Boot Hill Graveyard and the Courthouse State Historical Park.

Tombstone is in southeastern Arizona about 65 miles southeast of Tucson. It is 23 miles south of I-10.

;Tucson, Arizona has something for everyone. Connect with the natural world at places like Tohono Chul Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. History buffs will find a diverse array of historical sites, including the stunning Mission San Xavier del Bac.

Parks/Hiking Trails

Phoenix desert preserves are a world of wonder for kids of all ages. Kids can gaze at ancient petroglyphs, scout for critters and birds of all shapes and sizes, and marvel at cactuses ranging from the teeny to the towering. We’ve come up with some suggested family hikes that are free of steep climbs and tricky footing. Step out and discover that the Phoenix desert preserves are a great way to engage kids’ minds and strengthen their bodies.  Click link for more information:

Named one of National Geographics Best U.S. Hiking Cities… visit Nation Geographic Article:

Transportation in the city of Phoenix

The Valley of the Sun (Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs) measure more than 400 square miles.  The best way to get around outside of the city of Phoenix is by car. 

The bus system, Valley Metro, is primarily meant to be used by commuters and is not very useful for tourists. If you do decide to give it a try more information is available at or pick up a Transit Book at one of the information desks in the airport.

The Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) is better for tourists but operates only Monday – Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm.  Call 602-253-5000.

Valley Metro Light Rail
The most useful public transportation is the light rail that runs along Central Ave. in Phoenix and east to Tempe and Mesa.  There is a free shuttle that connects to Sky Harbor Airport at the 44th Street/Washington Street stop.

After arrival/baggage pick up; 
Proceed to Ground Transportation
Board the PHX Airport Shuttle to Metro Light Rail Line.
Board the Metro Light Rail toward Montebello.
De-board at the Central/Washington Station.
The Hyatt Regency Phoenix is one block to the east.

Metro Light Rail runs from 4:00a.m. to 11:00p.m. daily.
The cost is $1.75 per person.

AAA Transportation - Phone number: 480-889-1640
Rates to/from  Hyatt/Airport $18.00 each way for taxi (4 person max).
Sedans, SUV's, and Vans are also available on request, as well as Mini-Coaches and Limo's.
Wait time is approx. 15-20 minutes.
Reservations are recommended.

Super Shuttle - Phone number: 602-244-9000
Rates to/from  Hyatt/Airport $13.00 each way per passenger.
Guests may proceed directly to the hotel pickup area outside the baggage claim.
The Super Shuttle is available 24 hours a day, runs constantly, on demand.
They also offer sedan service known as Execucar at same phone number.  


A little about Arizona

The weather in Phoenix is the same every day, sunny, warm and beautiful (except during Monsoon season, June 15 – Sept. 30).  The average ending date of monsoon season is Sept. 13 so hopefully that holds true for the Tamburitza Extravaganza 2013.  The average daily temperature in late September is 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit so bring your shorts and sunscreen.  Average low in the evening is 72 degrees.

The Saguaro blossom (pronounced sa-hwah-ro) is the state “flower” (blooms May & June).  The Saguaro is protected by law.  It can reach heights of 50 feet.  The saguaro is very slow growing.  A 6 inch tall cactus is about 10 years old.

Make sure to carry plenty of drinking water when going sight seeing, especially if hiking is in the plans.

Sunscreen is also a must.  The strong Arizona sun can cause a serious sunburn in even brief outside adventures.

State Facts

Capital:        Phoenix
Population:   6½ million
Nickname:    Grand Canyon State
Tree:            Palo Verde
Flower :        Saguaro Cactus blossom
Bird:            Cactus Wren
Mammal:      Ringtail (small fox-like animal)
Reptile:        Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake
Gem:            Turquoise
Colors:         Blue and gold

Fun Facts

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Attractions around Phoenix

Trail Riding in Papago Park
1 hour trail ride is only $30.00
Discounts for groups of 10 or more
Call 480-966-9793 for reservations/information.
Schedule: Monday through Friday: 9:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm and 4:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Cerreta Candy Company
5345 W. Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ
Visit the factory and experience the magic, free of charge. 30-minute guided tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10am and 1pm. For groups of 30 or more, please call (623) 930-9000 and arrange for a private tour.
Self-guided video tours are available during normal factory hours, Monday through Saturday, 8am to 6pm.

Arizona Biltmore
2400 E. Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ
The “Jewel of the Desert.”
A history of living in the moment.
Since 1929, Arizona Biltmore has been a destination of inspiration. 39 acres of gardens, swimming pools and iconic architecture stir a city to life, provide safe haven to celebrities and presidents, and play muse to guests’ whims and wishes throughout this historical luxury resort. Championship golf, a 22,000+ square foot spa and fitness center, multiple restaurants, and a variety of amenities await you. Experience the unrivaled grace of this timeless treasure with a spirited soul.

Burton Barr Library
1221 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Inspired by Monument Valley, the building's shape resembles a curving copper mesa split by a stainless steel canyon. Focusing on light and illusion, the design features shade sails on north windows fashioned by sail makers in Maine, an entrance tunnel with one back-lit wall and another of blue Venetian plaster with splashes of brightly colored Venetian plaster throughout the building.  The Crystal Canyon, a five-story atrium, has nine skylights at the top to track the sun. The glass-enclosed elevators and grand staircase are surrounded by a black bottom pool which mirrors their images and that of the Crystal Canyon.  A 32-foot high "Floating Ceiling" is suspended by cables over the Great Reading Room of 43,000 square feet on the fifth floor. Six-inch-wide skylights run the entire 300 foot length of the east and west walls. Round skylights covered by lenses create an illusion of flames at noon on the summer solstice, June 21st

Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ
Experience the Garden in a different way each time you visit. You can...

Need help planning your visit? Download a Garden Trail Map or take a look at the Before you Visit page. We look forward to seeing you!


Historic Heritage Square/Heritage and Science Park
115 N. 6th St., Phoenix, AZ
Home to Beard Award-winning restaurants, the world class Arizona Science Center, the historic 1895 Rosson House Museum and its collection of carefully restoredhistoric homes and buildings, Heritage & Science Park is a crucial piece of the cultural landscape in downtown Phoenix. The tree-lined park also is a popular home for major festivals and special events that bring thousands to the area each year.
Call 602-262-5071 for the park office or 602-262-5029 for recorded information.

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10am - 9pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12 - 5pm
First Friday of every month: 6 - 10pm

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ
Explore an ancient site in the heart of Phoenix
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park is the site of a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruin located just minutes away from Sky Harbor International Airport in metropolitan Phoenix and is a National Historic Landmark and Phoenix Point of Pride. Along our outdoor trail the museum features a platform mound and ballcourt ruin, replicated houses, and native plants.  Inside are three galleries, including a children’s hands-on gallery, and theatre

Arizona Science Center
600 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ
Open:  10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily
24-Hour Information: 602-716-200

Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
September 1 – October 31        9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (daily)

Children's Museum of Phoenix
215 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday: 9am to 4pm
Admission:  $11.00,  Seniors 62+: $10.00,  Children under the age of 1: Free

Wrigley Mansion
2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix, AZ
The Wrigley Mansion has been a recognized landmark in the Phoenix area since its construction. We invite you to come with us as we explore the city, the architecture of the home, and the contribution that its residents made to society during that era.
$15 per person
Tours are available Wednesday-Saturday 10am, 12pm, 1pm, and 3pm and Sunday at 2pm only.
$3 Trial membership fee will be assessed to each bill as we are a private club.

Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass
5700 W. North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ
Did you know that locals consider Rawhide to be the Best Western destination of Arizona? The readers of and the Arizona Republic nominated and selected Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse of Wild Horse Pass as Best Western Experience of Arizona. History has never recorded a social phenomenon quite like the mass migration that filled the American West with cities, towns and hamlets. And the excitement of that dramatic time in history continues to live on right here in Rawhide. In our town, the west is still wild.
The western frontier town of Rawhide is situated in the Gila River Indian Community. The history of this vast, majestic area of the Sonoran Desert and its people dates back to ancient times when the Huhukam civilization was thriving here alongside the Gila River.
WEDNESDAY – FRIDAY:  Town 5PM - 10PM, Saloon 5PM - 10PM, Steakhouse 5PM-9:30 PM (Dinner)
SATURDAY: Town 12PM - 10PM, Saloon 5PM – PM, Steakhouse (Lunch)12 PM - 4PM (Dinner) 5PM - 9:30 PM
SUNDAY: Town 12PM-10PM, Saloon 5PM-8:30 PM, Steakhouse (Lunch)12PM - 4PM (Dinner) 5PM - 8:30 PM

Goldfield Ghost Town
4650 N Mammoth Mine Rd, Goldfield, AZ
Open Daily 10:00AM - 5:00PM  |  Saloon Open Daily 11:00AM - 9:00PM
Come and visit Goldfield Ghost Town today! Walk down Main Street, explore the many shops and historic buildings. Tour the historic Mammoth Gold Mine and visit the Goldfield Museum. Pan for gold then take a ride on Arizona's only narrow gauge train.   You'll also get to witness an old west gun fight performed by the famous Goldfield Gunfighters! Spend a fun filled day, rich in wild west history!

Taliesin West
12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ
480.860.2700, ext. 494
Tours from 9 am to 4pm. For details about the tours, ranging from one to three hours long, visit:
Booking in advance is highly recommended as tours can sell out.
Or to purchase by phone, call our ticketing company, Zerve, at (888) 516-0811. 
Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.

Map/Directions (65 miles north of Phoenix):
Daily Arcosanti Site Tour [Duration: 1 Hour] Tours start daily at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm
The Arcosanti Site Tour includes an explanation of Paolo Soleri’s urban design philosophy and an overview of the Arcosanti project. A guide will walk you through Arcosanti to view and explain the unique buildings, visit the ceramic studio and bronze foundry, and offer insight to the community life. Suggested donation: $10



Vistal Golf Course
701 E. Thunderbird Tr.
Nestled at the base of South Mountain, Vistal Golf Club offers eighteen holes of championship golf along with amazing views of downtown Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun. A desert course for the value seeker.

Legacy Golf Resort
6808 S. 32ND ST
Designed by renowned architect Gary Panks, the 6,908-yard, par 71 Legacy was the site of the 2000 LPGA Standard Register PING tournament.

Raven Golf Course
3636 E. Baseline Rd.
Raven at South Mountain provides a unique golf experience in the desert. From the Georgia pine tree-lined fairways to the multi-tiered greens. Gary Panks and David Graham golf course design.

Biltmore Golf Course
2400 E. Missouri St., Phoenix, Arizona 85016
Built in the late twenties, the layout and character of these courses has been refined over many decades, providing golfers a stately and distinctive experience. Just minutes from the Camelback Corridor and some of the finest corporate, retail and dining addresses in the Valley.

Camelback Golf
7841 N. Mockingbird Lane
Camelback Golf Club, one of Arizona's original gems, features 36 holes of championship golf

Gainey Ranch
7600 Gainey Club Drive
In Scottsdale, nestled in the heart of paradise, is Gainey Ranch Golf Club, an award-winning 27-hole golf course that offers unparalleled golf on three distinctive, championship 9-hole courses--The Lakes, The Dunes and The Arroyo. Everything you'd expect from a modern oasis, and a whole lot more.