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New Year’s Resolutions in Phoenix

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It’s easy to make New Year’s resolutions, but keeping them is another matter. A getaway to Phoenix can help you either stick or stray to your resolution (depending on your mood).

Resolution: Get into shape

There’s no reason you can’t get into shape while on vacation. Especially in Greater Phoenix, which is home to more open space than any other major metropolis in the United States. With plenty of desert trails for hiking and biking—including a few that are within walking distance of mountainside resorts—you can keep your resolution to get into shape while enjoying the added bonus of beautiful desert views.

Break it: Lazy ways to see the desert

So maybe getting into shape isn’t your thing. You can still enjoy the beauty that the desert has to offer from the basket of a hot-air balloon or the seat of a Jeep or Hummer. We promise: You can get up close and personal with a saguaro cactus without ever breaking a sweat.

Resolution: Eat healthier

Perhaps you overdid it during the holidays. Or maybe you just want to fill the new year with wholesome food. Either way, there are plenty of places in Phoenix where you can get a meal that’s as memorable as it is healthy.

True Food Kitchen – Filled with super foods, the menu at this local restaurant was developed with the help of health guru Dr. Andrew Weil.

Fresh Mint Restaurant – A vegetarian’s dream, Fresh Mint puts a Vietnamese spin on its fresh and healthy fare.

24 Carrots – This natural café and urban juicery focuses on vegan and vegetarian cuisine. All ingredients are seasonal and fresh. Make sure to try one of the fresh juices.

Pita Jungle – Specializing in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, vegetarian and vegan dishes, this lively restaurant also has menu choices that will satisfy friends and family who aren’t as fanatical about health food as you are.

Nourish – Nourish caters to vegans and vegetarian, as well as diners who have food allergies or appreciate an expansive gluten-free menu.

Loving Hut – Loving Hut focuses on vegan, plant-based cuisine. The menu is mostly Asian-inspired, but it also features some all-American choices.

Break it: Top 10 Mexican food restaurants in Phoenix

Let’s face it, Mexican food is not exactly the healthiest choice … but it sure is delicious. Check out our list of the top 10 Mexican restaurants in Phoenix.

Resolution: Spend more time with family

Phoenix is a great place to keep this resolution. Stay at the Arizona Grand Resort and let the kids run wild at the 7-acre Oasis Water Park, or take your hard-to-please tween to the Musical Instrument Museum to see the Taylor Swift exhibit.

See more ideas on our family-friendly Pinterest board.

Break it: Spa getaway

Kids are great. But so is a peaceful, rejuvenating massage. Visit Aji Spa at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass to experience spa services with Native America flavor or enjoy sweeping desert views from the 14th floor as you relax at The Spa at Talking Stick Resort.

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