(Published on - 5/10/2019 3:37:25 PM)
Let’s face it: Arizona summers are no joke. Whether you live in the hottest part of the state or you’re looking for some fun day trips for you and your family, we’ve got the perfect guide for you. Keep reading to find out the best places to travel this summer in Northern Arizona.
Watson Lake: Prescott, AZ
If you’re looking to beat the summer heat in Arizona, head up to Watson Lake just four miles from Prescott. From fishing and boating to kayaking, canoeing, and other water sports, you can take advantage of the recreation the bright blue lake has to offer. This area generally has more mild weather year-round, and with the natural vegetation, gorgeous flowers, and almost 400 acres of land, you’re sure to find both serenity and a fun escape from daily life.
Red Rock State Park: Sedona, AZ
Sedona is known for the beautiful rock formations that have inspired artwork, architecture, and even films and theme parks. Make the day trip to Red Rock State Park, where you and your family can enjoy both leisurely nature walks and more advanced hiking trails no matter what you prefer. After your day of sightseeing through the red rocks, head over to Tlaquepaque for some dinner at one of the area’s delicious restaurants.
Fort Tuthill County Park: Flagstaff, AZ
When it comes to beating the Arizona summer weather, Flagstaff is the place to be. You may have visited this northern Arizona region before. But did you ever adventure through Fort Tuthill County Park? Just three miles south of Flagstaff sheltered by cool-tempered Ponderosa pines, this park offers some fun and adventurous recreation activities all summer long. Take a bike ride through the woods, try your hand at archery, and pack a picnic for lunch. This area has fun (away from the sun!) for the whole family.
Old Town Cottonwood: Cottonwood, AZ
Finally, we couldn’t share a Northern Arizona summer travel guide without mentioning Old Town Cottonwood. Just a 1.5 hour drive from Phoenix in the heart of the Verde Valley Wine Country, this hidden gem is full of just as much history as fun and relaxation. Stroll through the old streets, go wine tasting at a local cellar, and take a scenic walk or nature tour of the Verde River. If you’re in mood for a little history, take your family along the Jail Trail, where you can follow the riverbank to Dead Horse Ranch State Park, a must-see on your trip!
What is your favorite travel destination in Northern Arizona?