WHERE TO STAY
The historic property was recently given a $5 million facelift. As a result, the resort possesses an impossible mixture of old-school charm and up-to-date, posh rooms. With golf courses, restaurants, tennis courts, and water slides, it’s a self-contained vacation, but still close enough to the city to satisfy urbanites who want to prowl Phoenix. 300 East Wigwam Blvd.
Litchfield Park. www.wigwamarizona .com, 623-935-3811
Super Bowl Central
Twelve blocks of downtown Phoenix will be converted into a football lover’s dream from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. There will be live music, former NFL players signing autographs, nightly fireworks displays, and a beer and wine garden. Additionally, the National Football League will host its NFL Experience theme park-like event at the Phoenix Convention Center north building. Most downtown events are free, the NFL Experience is $35, children age 12 or younger $20.
Desert Botanical Garden
More than cactuses — although you’ll find plenty of those — the Botanical Garden is 140 acres containing 21,000 plants. The focus is plants that have adapted to desert life, including an Australian collection and a Baja California collection.
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Musical Instrument Museum
Opened in 2010, the museum is the largest of its kind in the world. There are over 15,000 musical instruments from nearly 200 countries. Dedicate at least a couple of hours to look through the exhaustive galleries in a beautiful light and airy building.
4725 East Mayo Blvd.
If you plan to get around Phoenix, you’ll need to rent a car. But that’s not the case for Roosevelt Row. It’s the most walkable part of the city, filled with galleries, stores, and cafes. It connects with historic neighborhoods such as Garfield, Evans Churchill, and Grand Avenue. www.rooseveltrow.org
Correction: An earlier version incorrectly identified the Desert Botanical Garden.