All conference activities will take place at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
Hotel Reservations at the Arizona Grand Resort
A block of rooms has been reserved at the all-suite Arizona Grand Resort. Rooms are $169/night, and include in-room internet, fitness center access, and self-parking. There is no additional resort fee. Rooms are available until August 26, or until the block sells out - whichever comes first.
Click here to reserve your room, or call 877-800-4888 and mention that you are with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Arizona Grand Resort
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, dubbed America's Friendliest Airport, is the main airport for the Greater Phoenix area. Sky Harbor serves more than 100 domestic and international destinations. With 1,200 daily flights— about 500 of them nonstop—Sky Harbor is one of the most convenient airports in the United States. The Arizona Grand Resort is located seven miles from the airport, or approximately 15 minutes.
America’s sixth-largest city still has cowboys and red-rock buttes and the kind of cactus most people see only in cartoons. It is the heart of the Sonoran Desert and the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and its history is a testament to the spirit of Puebloans, ranchers, miners and visionaries. The best way to learn about America’s sunniest metropolis, of course, is to experience it firsthand.
Greater Phoenix encompasses 2,000 square miles and more than 20 incorporated cities, including Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa. Maricopa County, in which Phoenix is located, covers more than 9,000 square miles. Phoenix’s elevation is 1,117 feet, and the city’s horizon is defined by three distinct mountains: South Mountain, Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak.
The Hohokam people inhabited what is now Greater Phoenix until about 1450 A.D. They created the first major urban civilization in the Salt River Valley and developed a canal system that is still in use today. In 1865, the U.S. government established Fort McDowell here, and settlers such as Jack Swilling began farming the land. The city of Phoenix was established in 1868; two years later, the first survey and census of the city noted it was about a mile long and a half-mile wide, with 74 dwellings and a population of 250.
Dependable sunshine and warm temperatures make outdoor activities a way of life in Phoenix. Golf, tennis, hiking, cycling, mountain biking and rock climbing are popular Phoenix activities. Horseback riding is a great way to see the Sonoran Desert, as is a rugged Jeep or Hummer ride. Thrill seekers can soar above the desert plateau in a glider, sailplane or hot-air balloon, or satisfy their need for speed at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Visitors also can choose from water skiing, sailing, fishing and tubing in the region’s lakes and rivers.
Greater Phoenix’s top attractions are South Mountain Park and Preserve, Tempe Town Lake, Camelback Mountain and First Friday Art Walks in downtown Phoenix. Other noteworthy attractions include the Heard Museum, Desert Botanical Garden, Heritage and Science Park, the Musical Instrument Museum, and Phoenix Zoo. Phoenix, of course, is also the gateway to the Grand Canyon; the drive to America’s greatest natural wonder takes 3½ hours. Click here for the Top Ten Things to See & Do in Phoenix.