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Conference Venue: The 2012 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference will be held in the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, USA at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. Among others, the amenities of this 27-acre hotel resort includes

Scottsdale: In the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale welcomes you with the energy of a sophisticated city on the move, the charm and hospitality of days gone by, and a breathtaking landscape that will inspire you to vacation-induced bliss. Amng others, the city of Scottsdale has been declared

Points of Interest in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area:

In addition, many parks have been established to preserve the desert landscape in areas that would otherwise quickly be developed with commercial and residential zoning. Aside from the Desert Botanical Garden listed above, the most noteworthy park is South Mountain Park, the world's largest municipal park with 16,500 acres (67 km2); others include Camelback Mountain, Sunnyslope Mountain, also known as "S" Mountain, and Piestewa Peak, which boasts dozens of miles of trails to enjoy the glory of the Sonoran Desert in relative solitude. Encanto Park, named one of the "Top 12 Best City Parks in America!" by the Forbes Magazine, is the city's largest and primary urban park, and lies just northwest of downtown Phoenix. Papago Park in east Phoenix is home to both the Desert Botanical Garden and the Phoenix Zoo, as well as a few golf courses.

Outdoor Adventures: Explore Arizona in a variety of ways and locations - in the Phoenix area, the enchanting red rocks of Sedona, or the majestic Grand Canyon. The sky's the limit - literally! Adventures include hot air balloon rides, hiking, scenic tours, and more. You may check the 360 Adventures Web site for more details on some exciting tours.

360 Adventures offers some of the above tours and  requires online scheduling of your outdoor adventures 7 days in advance for availability. Mention the ACM SIGMOD conference on your reservation under Special Requests to be grouped with conference attendees when possible and to get a potential group discount. (Some tour vendors are providing discounts for conference attendees in groups of 10 or more.) Also note on the online reservation whether you want a morning or afternoon time for the local tours. After submission of the online reservation, you must call 360 Adventures to secure the reservation with a credit card, which will be charged 72 hours before the adventure per the cancellation policy. 360 Adventures is also on site at the conference hotel - Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.

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