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If You Go ...
Architecture fans will want to check out Taliesin West, conveniently located on Frank Lloyd Wright Drive in nearly Scottsdale. Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship wintered at Taliesin West, and today that unique set of buildings set amongst 600 acres of desert is open for tours.
Otherwise, the pickins are slim in terms of must-see attractions in Phoenix. You may want to do what the natives seem to enjoy: relax and commune with nature. Of course, most of that communing takes place on a golf course.
There are 10 other teams with spring-training venues in the Phoenix area: San Diego Padres (Peoria), Seattle Mariners (Peoria), Chicago Cubs (Mesa), Oakland Athletics (Phoenix), Anaheim Angels (Tempe), Los Angeles Dodgers (Glendale), Cleveland Indians (Goodyear), San Francisco Giants (Scottsdale), Texas Rangers (Surprise) and Kansas City Royals (Surprise). Tucson -- spring-training home of the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies -- is 115 miles southwest of Phoenix. It's not really a bad drive -- it's mostly freeway, along I-10.
Where to Stay: Because there are so many spring-training venues in Phoenix and you're more than likely visiting more than one ballpark, chances are pretty good that you don't necessarily need to be staying close to the ballpark. Phoenix is a relatively easy area to make your way around, so don't feel like it's essential you stay close to the park.
If you do feel compelled to stay close to the ballpark, there are several hotels within two miles of Maryvale Baseball Stadium, including the Days Inn, Crossland Extended Stay Suites, Travelodge, Holiday Inn West, Red Roof West, Super 8, and Hampton Inn.. But remember: no one in Phoenix walks anywhere. They drive.
Flying In: The closest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It's served by all the major airlines, including United, America West, Delta, Northwest, Air Canada, American, Continental, US Airways, and Southwest. It's a pleasant enough airport.
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