Beat the Heat With Summer Road Trips | Short Drive From Downtown Phoenix

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The weather is warming up, which means it’s time to rev up those engines and escape to cooler ground! The great thing about living in Phoenix is we are a short drive away from many amazing destinations. Here are a few of our favorite weekend vacation spots to escape the heat and hunker down with friends and family.

Flagstaff, AZ
Just a two-hour drive north on I-17 is a summer time paradise! Enjoy hiking, biking, downtown shopping, amazing drinks and eats … and oh so much more! If camping is your thing, Flagstaff and the surrounding areas have the perfect campgrounds to get ‘off the grid’ for a weekend and sleep under those towering pines.

BONUS! Flagstaff, is a quick stop to other amazing destinations throughout our state. Take a quick drive down to Sedona, or a drive out west towards the Grand Canyon! Make it a weeklong adventure and explore the various regions of Arizona!

San Diego, CA
Six hours west on I-8 leads to instant happiness at the beach! Take some time on the historic Coronado Island, or a day at the infamous San Diego Zoo to kick off your trip on the right foot! Whether you are looking for nightlife in downtown San Diego or just a relaxing time on the beach – San Diego has all you could ever want in a family vacation, and then some.

Santa Fe, NM
If you are looking for a bit of a longer road trip, head out east to Santa Fe! This nearly 8 hour drive (or 2 hour flight if that’s more your thing) will bring you to the land of Pueblo-style architecture and creative arts hotbed. Explore ancient Native American ruins filled with petroglyphs or a living history museum devoted to Spanish Colonial life. Visit centuries-old adobe and European-style churches. Ride a historic working railroad or enjoy the unique architecture of downtown Santa Fe.

Las Vegas, NV
Maybe more of an ‘adults only’ vacation – although there are plenty of kid friendly activities! Just a five-hour drive from Phoenix and you will hit the glittering lights of the Las Vegas strip! Enjoy world-renowned dining options, amazing entertainment and of course, all that glitters in Vegas!

What is on your summer bucket list? We’d love to know where your adventures take you this summer. Let us know in the comments below!

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