The Best Places to Enjoy the Outdoors in Northern Arizona
One of the best things about the summer in Phoenix is escaping it! It may be too hot to do a lot of sightseeing or RVing around the valley of the sun this time of the year, but there are still tons of fun things to do and places to see. Here are some of the best locations around our fair state to visit on your next road trip:
Flagstaff: Most Arizonans consider Flagstaff to be the perfect spot to spend a weekend when you are looking to escape the heat. This small northern college town is about three hours north of Phoenix and maintains a temperature that is normally twenty to thirty degrees cooler than the Phoenix Valley. There are tons of great sights to see and explore while you are there.
- Arizona Snowbowl – Take a chairlift to the top of an extinct volcano and enjoy the panoramic views of Arizona. You can see over 70 miles of scenery, including the Grand Canyon and downtown Flagstaff.
- Grand Canyon Railway – Featuring entertainment by authentic Old West characters and musicians, this restored Grand Canyon Railway train is a great way to travel through the spectacular surroundings near Flagstaff and Williams, AZ.
- Lava River Cave – If you are in the mood for some light hiking, this mile-long tube cave is just the thing for you. It was formed by molten rock nearly 700,000 years ago and can be as cool as 42 degrees even in the summer.
- Museum of Northern Arizona – Those looking to learn more about the history of our state should check out the Museum of Northern Arizona. There are eight galleries featuring anthropology, biology, geology and fine art. Three of those galleries change with the seasons, and it is definitely worth a trip.
- Lowell Observatory – The observatory sits on Mars Hill on the Mogollon Rim. The Discovery Channel telescope is the fifth largest telescope in the U.S. as well as one of the most advanced. There are daytime guided tours, shows, solar viewings and you also have the opportunity to go evening gazing.
Payson: Situated in the world’s largest group of Ponderosa Pines, Payson is considered the Festival Capitol of Arizona. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery, Railroad Tunnel Trail and many other natural attractions are located in this area.
Prescott: The average temperature of Prescott is 70 degrees and each of the seasons there is as beautiful as the rest. Visitors to the town will be in awe of the breathtaking landscapes, granite mountains, lakes and streams, plus gorgeous rolling meadows that are teeming with wildlife.
Jerome: This former mining camp has been called the “Largest Ghost Town in America.” Don’t let that fool you; the town now bustles with the creativity of writers, artists, historians, musicians, artisans and families. This is a great spot to visit a haunted mine or building and take in a dose of Arizona history.
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