Active-Arizona-smallThe name says “Carefree,” but the picture in my room of a cowboy on horseback roping cattle says “get out and do something!” Not a problem at the Carefree Resort. Hiking trails, a golf course and a botanical garden sit close by, and hot air balloon rides, bicycles, Jeep tours and scooters are all just a phone call away. Power up at the breakfast buffet at the in-house restaurant, The Lariat — which offers plenty of protein and fresh, succulent fruit imported from California — and you’re on your way. Don’t forget to stop and watch the sun set over Phoenix, a picturesque (and dare we say, carefree?) ending to your day.

37220 Mule Train Rd., Carefree