Arizona June 19, 2017
These 10 Beautiful Places In Arizona Are Best Experienced In The Summer
Whew, those temperatures are getting
hot outside! If you happen to be living in any of Arizona’s desert regions, you’re probably not looking forward to sweating through 120-degree days. A walk to the mailbox or into the grocery store can be brutal with that harsh sun beating down but a quick break from the heat isn’t that far away! If you want to escape the temperatures soon, check out some of these incredible places around Arizona that are beautiful and, most importantly, cool.
1. Head out for a hike and swim at Fossil Creek.
Can you think of a prettier place to spend a summer afternoon? The water is cool, the area is shaded, and it feels a bit like paradise. Just be sure to get your permit early before heading out there!
2. Go deep down into the depths of Grand Canyon Caverns.
Another option for staying cool: get out of the sun and head underground. In this case, you’ll travel approximately 20 stories underground for the cool, quiet caverns in northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour and, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, try an overnight stay in their exclusive hotel room in the cave.
3. Splash around at Grasshopper Point.
There’s nothing quite like doggy paddling around a swimming hole and this one near Sedona is perfect. It’s located just off the highway and be sure to arrive early! It fills up with other visitors quite fast.
4. Spend a few days camping at Jacob Lake.
This area is closed in the winter months so make the most of your summer vacation by paying a visit to this underrated campground. Here, you’ll get to enjoy some quiet hiking trails, plenty of campsites, and a chance to view the wildlife that call this place home.
5. Enjoy a naturally chilly environment in Lava River Cave.
Unfortunately, you won’t find lava or a river flowing through the cold environment in this cave but it’s a nice escape from toasty temperatures. Lava River Cave is located north of Flagstaff and stays a chilly 42-degrees even in the summer months.
6. Leave the desert in just a few miles by trekking to Mount Lemmon.
Mount Lemmon sits within viewing distance of Tucson but the two environments couldn’t be any more different! Take a few hours on a hot day to drive up the Santa Catalina Mountains and enjoy the cool pine air.
7. Drive to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim.
The North Rim is known for being closed in the winter so be sure to check it out while the temperatures are warm. During the summer months, take time to drive here, do some sightseeing, camping, and hiking. And the best part? You can avoid the massive crowds of the South Rim by visiting this part of the park.
8. Enjoy a scenic ride aboard a ski lift at Sunrise Ski Park Resort.
Want to feel like you’re flying? Take a ride on the ski lift at one of Arizona’s ski resorts, like this one in the White Mountains. The ski resort also hosts zip lines, a fun alternative for a cool summer day.
9. Spend an afternoon soaking up the sun while kayaking on the Verde River.
If getting out on the water is your idea of the ideal way to spend a summer day, then you will love a visit to the Verde River. The area is surrounded with trees and you will love the smooth flow of this river.
10. Enjoy an afternoon on Woods Canyon Lake.
This small lake has to be one of the prettiest in the state! Surrounded by pines in Rim Country, Woods Canyon Lake is the ideal location for boating, fishing, camping, or even just floating on the water in a tube.
Looking for more things to do while you’re out and about in Arizona? Try a hike! Read 8 Amazing Arizona Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love for some great suggestions.