Two Words: Road trip. School's out and the temps are rising, which makes summer a perfect time to hit the road and explore Arizona at your own pace.
Take advantage of cooling prices at top resorts around the state or embrace the outdoors by camping under the stars at a number of state and regional parks. Several cities have special deals and vacation ideas for locals during summer. So why not have some fun and act like a tourist in a new city while you visit Arizona's popular and hidden gems?
Check out the cities below for links to deals, attractions and entertainment this summer. For more inspiration, we've put together a few itineraries to inspire your summer vacation through unreal Arizona.
Summers are hot in Phoenix. Everybody knows that. But when you're lounging beneath the shade of towering palm trees, enjoying a gentle spritzing inside a poolside cabana or splashing in a sparkling pool with your giggling kids, Phoenix's famed heat isn't just dry—it's delightful.
Photo courtesy of The Scott Resort & Spa and Visit Phoenix
Great things happen when summer arrives in Scottsdale—resort rates go for a dip, chefs dish out creatively cool menus, and outdoor activities shift their schedules to take advantage of cool mornings and warm evenings. Tee-off at sunrise or dine in the desert under a starry sky; and tell summer to Bring. It. On.
Photo courtesy of We-Ko-Pa Resort
When the sun goes down, Tucson comes alive downtown. Sip a drink in an underground speakeasy, or grab a room in the same hotel where John Dillinger once slept. Not a night owl? No worries. Tucson's famed for its culinary, cycling and climbing scenes. Try a new dish at any one of the locally inspired restaurants, then head to the nearby mountains to hike or bike trails fit for all levels.
Photo of Mount Lemmon by AOT
Some journeys begin with a single step. Others require wheels. Two wheels or four, download the following itineraries and set out on a cross-state road trip, from the rolling hills and tasting rooms of Arizona's wine-growing regions to the unique landscapes of our parks, and on scenic roads through towns big and small.
Photo of Tonto Natural Bridge by ryancourtright
For those who prefer resort pools to lakes and museums to caverns—not to mention easy access to air conditioning—these itineraries are sure to satisfy. City trekkers can take their pick from the small town charm of Cochise County to the big city lights of the greater Phoenix-area, and a little in-between.
Photo of Cloth & Flame by Molly McElenney courtesy of Visit Phoenix
Remember the warm days and endless nights of summer vacations? Discover a new side of Arizona this summer and relive the magic.