Head north for festivals and cooler temps.
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.