For those desperate for winter sun, Phoenix, Arizona should be on your radar. The Arizona Grand Resort & Spa is a luxurious resort that sits at the edge of the South Mountain Preserve, one of the world’s largest urban parks. Affordable rates, spacious suites, and endless amenities are what make this resort so appealing. If you’re looking for extra space and privacy for your brood, the large villas are perfect.
The property offers maximum fun for the whole family with six outdoor pools, a seven-acre water park, an 18-hole golf course, a spa, a fitness center with over 30 weekly classes, and multiple dining options. Families can rent cabanas and hang out poolside.
Only 15 minutes from the airport, the resort is also close to the Phoenix Art Museum, Halle Heart Children’s Museum, and the Heard Museum of Native American Arts. The first Friday night of each month in downtown Phoenix is Gallery Night, when the streets are lined with vendors and art galleries open their doors.
It’s also fun to get outdoors and explore the natural beauty of the area on horseback or mountain bikes. For the ultimate family adventure, a hot air balloon ride high above the desert landscape is not to be missed.
To get in the festive spirit, make a beeline for the holiday light displays at Las Noches de las Luminarias in the Desert Botanical Garden and Zoolights at Phoenix Zoo.