From outdoor art exhibits to classic cars, January is always a great time to visit the Valley of the Sun. Here’s our list of not-to-be-missed attractions this month.
Desert Botanical Garden
Perfect winter weather means it’s the ideal time to explore the captivating beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden! More than 50,000 plant displays adorn the trails of this ever-enchanting garden. Now through May 18, world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly returns with his latest installment of Chihuly in the Garden, a dramatic exhibition of vibrant glass work. Today, Chihuly’s creations are internationally recognized and can be seen in more than 200 museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibit can be viewed seven days a week, at three separate time periods. Hint: for a real treat, explore at night. Visit dbg.org to learn more.
Discover the Valley’s newest attraction: Butterfly Wonderland! Featuring a 10,000 square-foot atrium filled with lush, tropical vegetation and thousands of butterflies from as far away as Costa Rica, Malaysia and Ecuador, the conservatory is the largest butterfly pavilion in America. The wonderland also features a variety of exhibits, including a honey bee extravaganza, live ant colony, and an Amazon aquatic experience – complete with a freshwater aquarium and a 1,800-gallon stingray touch tank. For details, visit butterflywonderland.com.
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, will host its 43rd annual Scottsdale extravaganza from January 12-19, 2014. Featuring rare, sought-after collectible vehicles and “automobilia” auctions, complemented by a number of celebrity appearances, the event is truly a car-lover’s paradise. This year promises to be even more exciting with select iconic speedsters up for bid, including a 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Car designed by the legendary Rusty Wallace, and a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Custom 2-Door Coupe, built by NHRA assistant crew chief for the McDonalds Racing Team and owned by TV and film actor Tim Allen. Bidders will also have a chance (if the price is right, of course) to own a piece of history as both a 1959 Cessna Aircraft Company L-19E Bird Dog airplane and a 1958 Dodge M37 military truck will be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Foundation. Whether you’re searching for your dream car or simply enjoying the sights, this event promises to be a good time for all ages. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit Barrett-Jackson.com
Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament
From January 26-Feburary 2, 2014, The Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament returns to Scottsdale for what promises to be another exciting year of golf, live music and fun! Arguably one the year’s most anticipated events, The Phoenix Open is truly a sporting event unlike any other. In fact, you may view golf differently after spending the day on the legendary 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale. The tournament continues to grow in popularity each year – often boasting more than 200,000 spectators during the weekend, which is no surprise given the ever growing demand for the sport and the electric atmosphere. To learn more, visit wmphoenixopen.com