Day Trips From Phoenix to Beat the Heat

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I swear to Cher ………… if I ever hear someone who has never visited Arizona in the summer try to justify the blaze by saying,

“It’s a dry heat though,”

…I may lose my freakin’ marbles.

With sizzlin’ temperatures that make it possible to fry an egg on the pavement, driving a few hours away from the Valley can be a major relief. That’s why I composed a list of the best day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat.

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    Day Trips From Phoenix to Beat the Heat


    Sedona


    2-hour drive from Phoenix

    Chapel of the Holy Cross - Sedona - Day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat
    Chapel of the Holy Cross

    Located 115 miles from Phoenix, the breathtaking red rocks and canyons of Sedona offer a perfect silhouette for those seeking a spiritual retreat.

    Rumor has it that the tranquil city acts as a vortex – an earthy location that is a swirling center of energy.

    An energy vortex is thought to create strong spiritual experiences, which explains the high traffic of tourists seeking psychic readings, hiking-yoga meditations, and prayer near the Chapel of the Holy Cross that is built into the red rock.

    I spent my 26th birthday in Sedona. Full-disclosure for those looking to get rowdy: the city doesn’t have much of a night life. Almost all of the restaurants close by 9 pm and we couldn’t find bars open past 10 pm. That’s another reason why the city remains so peaceful.

    Deck from Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas - Sedona - Day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat
    View from the deck of Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas

    We stayed at the Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas, and it

    DID NOT DISAPPOINT.

    We initially booked that hotel because we were broke gals in our mid-20s but I would book this hotel over and over again on any future trips.

    Our pet-friendly room had a private entrance in the front, and in the back was a long deck that overlooked the red rocks.

    For excursions, we ended up finding a deal on a helicopter ride through Sedona Air Tours.

    Sedona Air Tours

    There are a few different rides to choose from, but we went with the basic Bear Wallow Run which featured the well-known red rock formations. The tour was 15 minutes long from start to finish for $109 per person. Sounds like a hefty price for the short amount of time you’re in the air but it was

    Worth.
    Every.
    Penny.

    For those seeking to get active consider visiting:

    Spend the late morning/early afternoon sipping a glass of wine while listening to live music at Winery 1912.

    Soaking up the view at Winery 1912

    Cap off your day by dining at my favorite restaurants, with your choice of either:

    Sipping on a birthday margarita at Tortas De Fuego Mexican Restaurant

    Flagstaff


    2-hour drive from Phoenix

    Flagstaff - Day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat
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    Home to Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff is the perfect spot for those looking to cool off.

    Grab a beer in downtown Flagstaff, where you can see for yourself the historic charm the city has to offer.

    For the adventure seekers, consider visiting:

    There is a common misconception about Arizona that it’s strictly desert terrain, and the Arizona Snowbowl located a few miles north of Flagstaff proves that notion to be false.

    Located at the top of a volcanic mountain range at 11,500 feet, the ski resort allows visitors to snowboard, ski, grab a bite to eat, and browse the souvenir shops.


    Jerome


    2-hour drive from Phoenix

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    Located approximately 100 miles north of Phoenix, the city of Jerome is known as the ghost town of the wild west.

    The Jerome State Historic Park will show: you the history behind the roaring mining community.

    The copper mining industry left the town in 1952, which is when Jerome officially converted into a ghost town.

    More activities to consider while visiting Jerome:


    Prescott


    2-hour drive from Phoenix

    McCoy and I “glamping” in Prescott

    People often bypass Prescott for other major cities in Arizona, but the small town has so much to offer, including some amazing camp sites.

    My favorite spots to visit in Prescott include:


    Page


    4-hour drive from Phoenix

    Page, Arizona - Day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat
    My dog, McCoy, during our hike in Page.

    Officially my favorite location in the state, Page, Arizona, offers the most amazing landscape. The city has a population of a mere 7,000 and showcases Navajo culture.

    Horseshoe Bend - Day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat
    Horseshoe Bend

    Horseshoe bend and Antelope Canyon were on my bucket list, so I chose to turn it into a two-day trip. Page isn’t very far from the Grand Canyon or Lake Powell, so you can hit some major historic sites on your way.

    Antelope Canyon - Day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat
    Antelope Canyon

    Lake Havasu


    3-hour drive from Phoenix

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    For a college spring break, I decided to see what Lake Havasu was all about and it did not disappoint. We ended up going wakeboarding and the breathtaking views didn’t let me down.

    While visiting Lake Havasu, be sure to:


    Havasupai Falls


    4.5-hour drive from Phoenix

    Havasupai Falls - Day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat
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    Located on the south side of the Colorado River and in the Havasupai Reservation, Havasupai Falls is considered by many to be the best hike in Arizona.

    According to grandcanyon.com, Havasupai sells out within 30 minutes of reservations opening up for the year. You can hike or take a helicopter ride in and out of the canyon.

    If you are going to hike, you must train for it as it takes 10 miles to get there, and another 10 miles to get back to the parking lot. The aquamarine waters paired with the red canyon backdrop make your long hike well worth it.


    Day Trips From Phoenix to Beat the Heat Summary


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    If you’re needing a break from the Valley, consider one of these seven, day trips from Phoenix to beat the heat. Whether you live an active lifestyle, are a foodie, or a history buff, every location will have something to offer a diverse population of tourists.

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