Your Guide to Phoenix While at Connected

The Broker and Carrier Power User Certification Course kicks off May 14, and it’s followed up with our annual Connected conference on May 15.

Our teams have been working hard to make sure this event exceeds expectations! So you come prepared and know what to expect, we’ve put together some helpful information in one location. Come to Phoenix prepared to learn, network, and engage with the amazing transportation professionals that will surround you.

Event App

Make sure to download the Connected 2019 event app where you can see the agenda, maps, attendees, and more.

Transportation & Parking

The Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is about 15 minutes away from the Kimpton Hotel Palomar.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar
2 E. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phone: 1-602-253-6633


Transportation is not being provided by, so all attendees will need to find their way to the hotel. There are plenty of ground transportation options available (Uber, Lyft, taxis).

If you’re driving to the event, the Kimpton offers valet parking for $20/day or $35/overnight.

We’ve identified two nearby locations that may be able to help carriers driving into Phoenix. Both are approximately 18 minutes (12 miles) from the Kimpton Hotel Palomar.

Flying J Travel Center – Store #611
6700 W. Latham Street, Phoenix, Arizona
Phone: 623-936-1118
Loves Travel Stops – Store #659
8313 Roosevelt Street, Tolleson, Arizona
I-10, Exit 135


There is a CVS within walking distance of the Kimpton Hotel Palomar (50 W. Jefferson Street) for any necessities you need to pick up while in Phoenix.


The registration desk will be located in the third-floor hallway of the Kimpton Hotel Palomar. Make sure you stop there to pick up your event badge.

  • Power User Certification Course: Tuesday, May 14 from 6-8 a.m.
  • Connected: Wednesday, May 15 from 2-7 p.m.
Welcome Reception

There will be a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kimpton Hotel’s Lustre Rooftop Bar and Pool Lounge. The first session for Connected begins Thursday, May 16 at 8 a.m. (See the entire agenda.)

What to Pack

This isn’t a list of the essentials (clothes, toiletries, etc.), but rather a list of items that may help make the trip easier.

  • Antibacterial gel
  • Business cards
  • Device chargers
  • Laptop/iPad (laptop provided to Power User Certification Course attendees May 14-15)
  • Portable battery charger
  • Sunscreen
  • USB flash drive
  • Water bottle (refillable)
What to Wear

Feel free to dress in business-casual attire. Slacks and chinos, button-down shirts and polos all work great. Suits and ties are definitely not necessary.

The Best of Phoenix

Phoenix offers a lot of tasty restaurants and fun, engaging activities for those who like to get out and explore. Although the Power User Certification Course and Connected will keep attendees busy, if you’re coming into Phoenix early or staying a few extra days, this short list will provide plenty of options.

Golf Courses

Phoenix and the surrounding area is home to almost 200 golf courses in a variety of styles to suit any player. Call ahead or visit their website for green fees and/or scheduling a tee time.

  • Grayhawk Golf Club, ScottsdaleGolfers can choose between Talon with its Sonoran Desert and box canyons or Raptor with traditional fairways and deep bunkers.
  • TPC Scottsdale: Panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains and 36 holes that allow every day golfers to feel like they play in the PGA.
  • Troon North Pinnacle Course, ScottsdaleThe views are hard to beat with two 18-hole courses winding through the ravines and foothills of Pinnacle Peak.

Phoenix has an amazing treasure trove of good restaurants – many featuring mouth-watering barbecue recipes perfected by chefs over the years.

  • Bobby QSlow-cooked, dry-rubbed barbecue that includes pork, sausage links, brisket, and ribs cooked over almond and mesquite wood.
  • Little Miss BBQFresh barbecue served meat-market style! Meats are cooked using oak and pecan wood on Camelback Smokers.
  • Pomo Pizzeria PhoenixAuthentic Italian pizzeria featuring hand-tossed pizza crust and homemade pasta.
  • Rusconi’s American KitchenRegional American cuisine featuring a wood burning grill and ingredients native to the area.*
  • Steak 44Consistently making “Best of” lists in Phoenix, Steak 44 features prime-grade steak in an inviting atmosphere.*

*Reservations recommended. If you’re scheduling a business meeting or taking a team out, call ahead to ensure there’s seating for your group.

Hiking Trails

Phoenix and the surrounding area are known for extensive walking trails that include trails for any level of hiker. These are just a few of the favorites!


The Hotel Kimpton Palomar is within close proximity to some of Phoenix’s most fun hangouts.

  • CityScape: Features tons of dining options, entertainment opportunities, and community events.
  • Cobra ArcadeStop in for vintage video games, DJs, and food trucks.
  • LustreOutdoor retreat conveniently located on the roof of the Kimpton Hotel Palomar.
Chase Field in Phoenix. (Photo by Sarah Sachs/Arizona Diamondbacks)
Sports Venues

Phoenix is home to a number of famous sports teams. Public tours are often an option even if it isn’t game season.

If you have questions or need anything while in Phoenix, please reach out to our Events Team at
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