Road Trips

Head north for fes­ti­vals and cooler temps.

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A short drive north from the Val­ley brings cooler tem­per­a­tures and more places to ex­plore.

• Se­dona Ev­ery­thing you’ve heard about the stun­ning scenery is true—Se­dona, known for its red moun­tains, is breath­tak­ing. Take a hike and ex­plore a vor­tex, wade in nearby Oak Creek (the lit­tle ones en­joy the nat­u­ral rock slides at Oak Creek Canyon), wan­der through the town’s unique shops or stop and en­joy a meal at one of the many restau­rants with panoramic pa­tios. Guided off-road ex­pe­di­tions are plen­ti­ful. Known for its spir­i­tual en­ergy, you’ll find many ways to soothe your soul at this des­ti­na­tion. From Phoenix: 1-17 north to High­way 179.

• Prescott In May 2017, Ex­pe­dia Viewfinder named Prescott one of the coolest down­towns in North Amer­ica for its din­ing op­tions, lo­cal arts venues, unique shop­ping and his­tor­i­cal sites. In fact, the Prescott’s down­town is filled with shops, art gal­leries, his­toric ho­tels and a theater. There’s also the fa­mous Whiskey Row and the iconic Court­house Plaza, which plays host to sea­sonal fes­ti­vals and art fairs on days when court’s ad­journed. From Phoenix: 1-17 north to High­way 69. • Grand Canyon The Colorado River carved this canyon in North­ern Ari­zona, which is 277 miles long, up to 28 miles wide, and is over a mile deep in some ar­eas. The South Rim is open year-round, while the North Rim is gen­er­ally open mid-May through mid- Oc­to­ber. The South Rim is ap­prox­i­mately a four-hour drive from Phoenix. For those who want to do more than sight­see or hike, there are plenty of mule, horse, air, bus and boat tours of­ten avail­able, though they re­quire reser­va­tions. Those who em­brace heights en­joy the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a horse­shoe-shaped can­tilever bridge with a glass walk­way that juts out over the edge of a side canyon in the Grand Canyon West area and of­fers breath­tak­ing views. From Phoenix: I-17 north to I- 40.

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