Location: Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, about 292 miles southeast of Las Vegas.
Directions: From Las Vegas, take U.S. Highway 93 south 105 miles. Just north of Kingman, Ariz., take Interstate 40 east for about 22.5 miles to exit 71 (Wickenburg/Phoenix), which will put you back onto U.S. 93 for another 107 miles. Turn left on U.S. Highway 60 for about 10 miles. Turn left again at Arizona Route 74 East (Morristown New River Highway) for 30 miles, merge right onto Interstate 17 south for 8.5 miles, then take exit 214C to merge onto Arizona-101-Loop E for 8 miles. Take Exit 31 for Tatum Boulevard, turn right onto north Tatum for a short distance, and turn right onto East Mayo Boulevard. The museum is on your left almost immediately, at 4725 E. Mayo.
Museum Info: Open Mondays-Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (480) 478-6000 or visit www.theMIM.org for additional information, holiday schedule and current admission prices.
Phoenix Lodging: Hampton Inns, 2550 W. Charlotte Drive, (623) 516-9300, hamptoninn1.hilton.com; Sleep Inn Phoenix North, 18235 N. 27th Ave., (800) 927-6058 or (602) 504-1200, www.sleepinnphoenixnorth.com; Super 8 Phoenix North, 8130 N. Black Canyon Highway, (866) 539-8430, www.super8.com.
Phoenix Area Dining: Cracker Barrel Restaurant, 21611 N. 26th Ave., (623) 582-6020; Bill Johnson's Big Apple, 16810 N. 19th Ave., (602) 863-7921; Fajitas, 9841 N. Black Canyon Highway, (602) 870-4030.
Nearby Attractions: Desert Botanical Gardens, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, (480) 941-1225. www.dbg.org, has some 20,000 plants indigenous to the desert. Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, 3901 W. Pioneer Road, (623) 465-1052, www.pioneeraz.org, is living history museum. Hall of Flame, 6101 E. Van Buren St., (602) 275-3473, www.hallofflame.org, has restored fire apparatus as early as 1725.
Visitor Information: Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau, 125 N. Second St., Suite 120, (877) 225-5749, www.visitphoenix.com.