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Red Mountain Hike, Utah, Arizona Getaway Destination

Explore Utah – Summer Getaways: Escape the Arizona Heat

Explore Utah - It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there?Red Cliffs Reserve, Explore Utah, Arizona Getaway Destination

Thanks to Sky Harbor International Airport, there’s a plethora of vacation spots just a short flight away that offer considerably cooler temperatures and a wealth of activities sure to entertain even the pickiest of travelers. Many are even just a brief car ride away, with most being 12 hours away or less by car.

That may sound like a long time in the car now, but try hiking Camelback Mountain in 110 degrees and then ask yourself if 12 hours would be worth it for a cool breeze.

Good deals are hit-and-miss, whether you’re booking everything yourself individually, buying vacation packages, or using a travel planner. Do your research before finalizing your plans to get the most optimal vacation.

We took a look at the states bordering Arizona and selected our favorite stops. So pull out your frequent flier miles and pack your bags. It’s time for a road trip!

Explore Utah

Hidden Pool Coyote Gulch, Utah, Arizona Getaway Destination

From border to border, Utah is filled with beautiful scenery not unlike that found in our own state. But we decided to take a closer look at southern Utah and all it has to offer. There are national parks galore whose depths are just waiting to be explored. Popular outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking and river rafting. Or for a more relaxing vacation, golf and spas abound. The southwestern corner of Utah is known as Utah’s Dixie for its temperate climate. Temperatures in St. George, a city just over the Arizona border, average 85 degrees in May and 95 degrees in June. St. George is just a seven-hour drive from Phoenix, or is easily accessible by plane via a stop in Salt Lake City (flights average $250).

ATV Tours, Statewide

Get up close and personal with Utah’s backcountry by taking an ATV tour. Trips with Guides with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours will provide details about the state’s history as you tour the desert sands.

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Cedar Breaks National Monument 6th Annual Wildflower Festival, Cedar City

Visit this national monument just in time to see the high-country wildflowers burst into bloom. Festival events include guided walks, interpretive field trips, photography workshops and Junior Ranger scavenger hunts. July 1-17.

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Grafton

If you’re a fan of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, then you won’t want to miss this ghost town. Considered one of the most photographed ghost towns in the West, it was also featured in the 1929 film “In Old Arizona.”

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Kanab

More than 1.7 million acres make up this national monument, which features multicolored cliffs, plateaus, mesas, buttes, pinnacles and canyons.

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The Ledges of St. George, St. George

This 7,200-yard championship golf course features an innovative design surrounded by Utah’s rugged landscape. Amenities include GPS-equipped golf carts, high-tech teaching center and banquet facilities.

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Sagestone at Red Mountain Spa, Ivins

Signature treatments at this spa include the use of indigenous desert botanicals, Utah honey and mineral rich muds, clays and salts to enhance beauty and wellness.

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St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm, St. George

View more than 2,000 dinosaur tracks left behind by early Jurassic-period dinosaurs in exposed sandstone. Fossil exhibits and a gift shop are also on hand.

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Tuacahn Amphitheater, Ivins

Enjoy Utah’s scenic red rock setting at this outdoor amphitheater. During the month of June, two Broadway shows will be presented — Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and the ’70s classic “Grease.”

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Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cedar City

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, this Tony Award-winning festival features renaissance activities and Shakespeare productions presented on a rotating basis nightly. June 23-October 29.

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Virgin River Walkway

This paved trail runs parallel with Virgin River from Bloomington to St. George. Popular among biking, jogging, walking and rollerblading enthusiasts alike, it’s great for families and offers plenty of photo opportunities.

Zion National Park, Springdale

Towering cliffs and a narrow canyon await both experienced and novice hikers alike. The park also has several archaeological sites, although not all are open to the public in order to preserve them. Check with park staff to find out which are available for viewing.

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Petroglyphs, New Mexico, Arizona Getaway Destination

Summer Getaways: Escape the Arizona Heat, New Mexico’s Next Door

ABO Ruins, New Mexico, Arizona Getaway DestinationIt’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there?

We took a look at the states bordering Arizona and selected our favorite stops. So pull out your frequent flier miles and pack your bags. It’s time for a road trip!

NEW MEXICO

Shiprock, New Mexico, Arizona Getaway DestinationCelebrating its 100th anniversary as a state in 2012, New Mexico is rich in history. Mining, ranching and the establishment of the railroad helped make this state what it is today. When you come to New Mexico, you won’t be spending a lot of time hanging around your hotel room. With more than one-third of the state comprised of public lands, including 13 national monuments and parks, five national forests and 34 state parks, there’s a lot of land to explore.

Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque

The close proximity of these four attractions — the ABQ BioPark Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Zoo and Tingley Beach — is ideal for families and large groups. Discover the joys of the jungle, the sea and lush gardens.

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Battlefield New Mexico: The Civil War and More, Santa Fe

This event features military drills, lectures, glimpses of camp life and reenactments of Civil War battles fought in New Mexico.

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El Malpais National Monument, Grants

El Malpais, which means badlands in Spanish, is a rugged terrain that offers hiking, primitive camping and diverse wildlife. View evidence of volcanic activity, cinder cones, lava tubes and pressure ridges.

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Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, Santa Fe

This 35-acre nature preserve is great for bird watching and viewing wildflowers in bloom. Also offers environmental science workshops.

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Museum Hill, Santa Fe

On Santa Fe’s eastside, four museums are available for your perusal — Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Museum of International Fold Art, and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.

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Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque

View an estimated 20,000 carved images of animals, people and crosses, remnants of volcanic activity or traverse hiking trails at this national monument.

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Pork & Brew BBQ State Championship, Rio Rancho

Spend your Independence Day weekend by sampling barbecue made by competitors from across the country. The three-day festival also includes live entertainment, fireworks and pig races. July 1-3.

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Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe

More than 170 artists selling wares from more than 50 countries are on hand at this market. Ethnic cuisine, music and dance will also be on hand for your enjoyment.

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Santa Fe Mountain Adventures, Santa Fe

Participate in guided hikes, GPS scavenger hunts, mountain biking, whitewater rafting or horseback riding.

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Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway, Cerrillos and Madrid

Travel 15,000 square miles of old mining towns, natural wonders, and a multitude of galleries and gift shops. Turquoise and lead deposits found here were used by prehistoric Indians in jewelry and pottery, and were even used in Spain’s crown jewels.

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Wildlife West Nature Park, Edgewood

Wolves, cougars, elk, deer, raptors and javelina all call this park home. Every Saturday from June to September, visitors can participate in a chuckwagon dinner. There are also camping spots available on site.

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Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Arizona Getaway Destination

Summer Getaways: Escape the Heat, Nevada’s Just a Few Hours Away

Nevada, Arizona Getaway DestinationIt’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there?

We took a look at the states bordering Arizona and selected our favorite stops. So pull out your frequent flier miles and pack your bags. It’s time for a road trip!

NEVADA

Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Arizona Getaway DestinationNevada is well known for its gambling playgrounds Las Vegas and Reno, but there’s more to this state than poker chips and burlesque shows. Not to mention the fact that it can get just as hot in Las Vegas as it does in Phoenix. For cooler temps, head northwest to a little gem called Lake Tahoe. The lake and its surrounding region have plenty to offer, from water fun to golf and shopping to, yes, gambling — there’s something for everyone. Roughly 13 hours by car, this destination can also be reached on nonstop flights out of Phoenix to Reno (prices average $240 round trip).

 

Black Rock Desert – High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area, Gerlach

Home to the longest intact segments of the historic emigrant trails to California and Oregon, featuring wagon ruts and historic inscriptions.

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Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park, Gardnerville

This state park was among the first ranches in Nevada. Founded in 1857, many buildings and original artifacts are on display.

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Downtown Riverwalk, Reno

Enjoy downtown Reno’s Truckee River as you experience boutique shopping, dining, events, galleries and a whitewater park.

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Genoa Bar and Saloon, Genoa

“Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor” has been serving patrons since 1853, and has hosted presidents, actors and famous musicians. View genuine artifacts that have remained untouched for more than 150 years.

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Heavenly Flyer and Heavenly Gondola, South Lake Tahoe

If you’re looking for thrills, be sure to catch a ride on the Heavenly Flyer, an elevated zip line cable ride from the top of Tamarack Express to the top of the Gondola. If you’d rather take in the scenery at a slower pace, the Heavenly Gondola provides a 12-minute ride up the mountainside.

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Liberty Engine Company #1 State Fireman Museum, Virginia City

For those with children who dream of being a fire fighter, this museum is a must see where they can view firefighting equipment from the 19th century.

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Mine Tours, Virginia City

Explore historic gold and silver mines where settlers in the 1800s endured multiple hardships in their search for a dream. Mines available to tour include Collar Mine and Ponderosa Mine.

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Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City

Built in 1885, this member of the National Register of Historic Places hosts numerous events throughout the year.

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Tahoe Rim Trail, Lake Tahoe

Enjoy the lake and its surrounding scenery without getting wet by following this 165-mile loop around Lake Tahoe. Recreation activities include mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking.

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Tour of the Carson Valley, Genoa

Choose between an 11-mile, 20-mile and 44-mile course that follows former pioneer, Pony Express, stagecoach and emigrant wagon roadways. After the ride, enjoy a barbecue and ice cream social. June 26.

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Truckee River Whitewater Park, Reno

Features 11 pools for kayak adventures, as well as a kayak racing course.

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Vikingsholm Castle, South Lake Tahoe (California)

Built as a summer home in 1929, this “castle” was modeled after architecture found in Scandinavia. The grounds are open year round, but the home is only open for tours during the summer.

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Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Virginia City

Climb aboard a steam train for a 35-minute narrated ride through the historic Comstock mining region on this short line railroad.

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Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado

Summer Getaways: Escape the Heat, Head to Colorado

Mountain biking, aspen grove, Vail, COIt’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there?

We took a look at the states bordering Arizona and selected our favorite stops. So pull out your frequent flier miles and pack your bags. It’s time for a road trip!

COLORADO

Whitewater rafting near Durango, ColoradoThis renowned winter playground is often overlooked in the summer months. But even though the snow is gone, there’s still plenty to do and see in Colorado. Majestic mountains and lush green valleys abound in this state, so hiking and mountain biking opportunities are plentiful. Or you can rent a raft or kayak and navigate the waters of one of the state’s many rivers, such as the Colorado River, Roaring Fork River or Arkansas River. Vail, Aspen and Telluride are all well-known gems of the state, but don’t overlook smaller towns such as Breckenridge, Durango or Crested Butte.

Aspen Paragliding, Aspen

Strap into a harness and paraglide tandem off the slopes of Aspen Mountain. This awe-inspiring flight will take you high above the city of Aspen and its surrounding countryside.

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Aspen Whitewater Rafting, Aspen

Choose from 11 different rafting trips down either the Arkansas or Roaring Fork Rivers. Depending on which trip you choose, a lunch or snack will be served.

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C Lazy U Ranch, Granby

Stay or dine at this authentic dude ranch. Horseback riding, fly fishing, tennis, bicycling and zip line are just a few of the activities available on the ranch grounds.

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Country Boy Gold Mine, Breckenridge

Explore this mine that was built more than 100 years ago. Pan for gold, slide down a 55-foot ore chute or examine original mining equipment, old photos and exhibits that help you discover the past.

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Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango

This railroad has been operating for more than 125 years. Climb aboard for a trip through the canyons of San Juan National Forest to Silverton, an old mining town.

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Fly Fishing on the Blue River, Breckenridge

The Blue River flows through the heart of Breckenridge and is popular among fly fishermen for its rainbow trout, browns and native cutthroat. Check with the town’s local chamber for a list of fly fishing companies that can take you on a guided fly fishing trip.

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Gunfight at the Diamond Belle Saloon, Durango

This staged gunfight is a reenactment of what a gunfight in the 1800s would have looked like. Be sure to step inside the saloon, where employees dress in Victorian Era clothing and the interior is designed similar to the saloons in the old days.

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Gunnison Outdoors, Gunnison/Crested Butte

Make use of this concierge service that helps you book your next adventure. They can set up everything from trail rides, rock climbing, jeep tours, balloon rides, ATV rentals, fishing, hunting and float trips.

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Hiking in Telluride

Telluride has more than 90 trails and historic walks to explore both around town and in the vast terrain of the San Juan Mountains. For a detailed description of the trails, check out the Telluride Hiking Guide for maps and more.

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Mesa Verde National Park, Durango

Discover cliff dwellings once called home by ancestral Pueblo tribes from 600 to 1300.

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Nova Guides, Vail

This outdoor adventure company offers whitewater rafting, Jeep and ATV tours, guided fishing trips and mountain biking tours.

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Silver Queen Gondola, Aspen

Ride this gondola 2.5 miles to the summit of Aspen Mountain, where you can then go on a hike, play disc golf, enjoy summer concerts or play a large selection of games with your children.

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Telluride Golf Course, Telluride

Want to improve your game? Play a round at Telluride Golf Course, where your ball will travel greater distance than usual thanks to the region’s thin air, which creates less resistance. The par 70, 18-hole course was designed 9,300 feet above sea level and is surrounded by majestic mountains.

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Trimble Spa and Natural Hot Springs, Durango

While in Colorado, take advantage of one of its natural hot springs, such as this one in Durango. Its two saunas and natural heated mineral-rich hot pool provide the ultimate in therapeutic relaxation. Or choose from among more than 20 massage and body treatments.

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  • California
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, California

Summer Getaways: An Escape From Arizona’s Heat Is Just A Few Hours Away

Coronado, California; Photo: Corporate HelicoptersIt’s that time of year again. The temperatures are rising. The tourists are thinning out. Summer is making its approach and for those of us in the Valley who aren’t snowbirds, there’s no alternative except to tough it out. Or is there?

Thanks to Sky Harbor International Airport, there’s a plethora of vacation spots just a short flight away that offer considerably cooler temperatures and a wealth of activities sure to entertain even the pickiest of travelers. Many are even just a brief car ride away, with most being 12 hours away or less by car. That may sound like a long time in the car now, but try hiking Camelback Mountain in 110 degrees and then ask yourself if 12 hours would be worth it for a cool breeze.

Good deals are hit-and-miss, whether you’re booking everything yourself individually, buying vacation packages, or using a travel planner. Do your research before finalizing your plans to get the most optimal vacation.

We took a look at the states bordering Arizona and selected our favorite stops. So pull out your frequent flier miles and pack your bags. It’s time for a road trip!

CALIFORNIA

2H6 Dolphin, SeaWorld, California; Photo: SeaWorld San DiegoIf it’s the beach you’re craving, head west. California has roughly 1,100 miles of coastline stretching from Oregon to Mexico. The terrain varies from rocky slopes in the north to pristine, sandy beaches in the south. California also caters to the shopaholic, with shops varying from those carrying merchandise priced moderately to high-end boutiques. Animal enthusiasts, adrenaline junkies and roller coaster fans can get their thrills at hot spots such as the San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld San Diego and Disneyland.

Casino Point Underwater Park, Catalina Island

Shipwrecks and varying reefs and marine life await your exploration under the sea. Be sure to get your diving permit before diving in.

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Coronado Island

No visit to the San Diego region is complete without an afternoon at the famous Coronado Island. Frolic on the beach or enjoy a picnic on this picturesque island.

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Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure, Anaheim

Disney’s West Coast headquarters is always building something new and 2011 is no exception. Be sure to check out Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, a new, dark ride attraction at Disney’s California Adventure.

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Gaslamp Quarter National Historic District, San Diego

This historic district contains more than 16 blocks filled with shops, restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues.

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Imperial Sand Dunes, El Centro

If you find yourself missing the desert, then visit the largest area of dunes in the state, with 40 miles of dunes. View what remains of a wooden road that was built across the dunes in 1916.

LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad

More than 50 rides and attractions can be found at this amusement park. Be sure to visit the new Octopus Garden next door at SEA LIFE Aquarium.

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Pacific Park on the Pier, Santa Monica

For a more laid-back afternoon, visit this free amusement park that offers a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, miniature golf, midway games and restaurants.

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Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

Stroll down Rodeo Drive and venture into the boutiques of some of the world’s most popular designers.

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San Diego Zoo, San Diego

It’s said that you’ve never really been to the zoo until you’ve been to the San Diego Zoo. Home to hundreds of animals, several new additions have been born in the past year, including a royal antelope in January that weighed just 10 ounces at birth.

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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Irvine

Bird enthusiasts will enjoy exploring this sanctuary’s trails, where they’ll encounter more than 200 species of birds.

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SeaWorld, San Diego

Get up close and personal with marine life from around the world. Advisory: If you visit any of the live shows, a rain poncho might be a good accessory to bring with you.

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The Wedge, Newport Beach

The waves at this popular beach destination offer bodysurfers a thrilling adrenaline rush.

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Stay tuned for the rest of this Summer Getaways series.
Next stop? Colorado!