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Feel at home with Inspirato at the historic Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Featuring 39 acres of world-class amenities, including eight swimming pools and seven tennis courts, the Arizona Biltmore is a paragon of old school luxury. The Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced buildings have been preserved and renovated for modern sensibilities. Spend the day relaxing in the award-winning spa or playing a game of golf at the nearby course.
The most populous city in Arizona, Phoenix is known for being a luxury escape for snowbirds during the cold of winter. Its year-round sunny temperature—and its Salt River Valley location surrounded by rugged mountains—helped coin the city’s nickname: “Valley of the Sun.” Dozens of golf courses and lovely desert vistas lend a distinct atmosphere to the sprawling metropolis. The native plants of local ecosystems are on prominent display at the Desert Botanical Garden, and eclectic local museums such as the Musical Instrument Museum provide air-conditioned refuge from the heat. Phoenix has recently experienced a culinary renaissance, with a spate of gourmet restaurants and hidden gem eateries popping up to cater to tourists and locals alike.
One of the only botanical gardens to focus on native desert flora, the Desert Botanical Gardens houses over 50,000 plants, including 379 endangered species. Regular tours are interspersed with special exhibitions and educational classes for both young and adult learners.
Visit the largest publicly owned, non-profit zoo in the U.S. The Phoenix Zoo encompasses 125 acres of animal habitats centered around four themed trails: Arizona, Africa, Tropics, and a Children’s trail that contains a petting zoo.
Hike Camelback Mountain, so named for its distinct double hump shape. The mountain’s peak reaches over 2,700 feet in elevation and can be reached by two trails of varying steepness. Easier trails are accessible from the base, as well as a popular rock climbing formation.
Arizona’s desert climate ensures that while summers can top 100°F, winter is the perfect time to plan a Phoenix visit. The best temperatures occur from November through April, when mid 70s and low 80s make outdoor activities pleasant but manageable.