As far as winter destinations go, we will concede that landlocked Arizona doesn't have the same allure as Hawaii, Florida or some Caribbean island. But the NFL knew what it was doing when it picked the greater Phoenix metropolitan area as the setting for Super Bowl XLIX: Weather forecasts predict a high of 70 degrees on Sunday when the New England Patriots face off against the Seattle Seahawks.
For those of you lucky enough to have scored tickets to the big game and for everyone else hanging out in Phoenix this week to soak up the football glory, below is our comprehensive travel guide to the best hotels, attractions and restaurants in the greater Phoenix area to celebrate Super Bowl 2015.
Best Hotels: 1. The Clarendon Hotel and Spa in Phoenix will cost you $1,299 a night, but its 24-hour amenities include body and aromatherapy treatments, reflexology, yoga and frozen treats 2. On the slightly cheaper side, the 3 Palms in nearby Scottsdale has two pools, a rooftop sundeck and rooms for $444 a night. 3. The Legacy Golf Resort still has rooms available for this weekend at $451 a night. The 18-hole golf course comes with a practice facility, driving range and pro shop. 4. The Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler features a poolside bar, live music and legal gambling for $649 a night.
Best Attractions: 1. Walk around Old Town Scottsdale and shop at the quaint boutiques. 2. Take in the Native American art at the Heard Museum. 3. Rent a car, drive a few hours and bask in the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon. 4. Check out the modern art at the Phoenix Museum. 5. Imbibe at downtown Phoenix's many hip bars.
Best Restaurants: 1. Try the Shrimp Veracruz at Los Dos Molinos. 2. Eat brisket at Little Miss BBQ. 3. Order the fajitas plate at Frank and Lupe's. 4. Go with the Crunchy French Toast at Rita's Kitchen.