Two Words: Road trip. School's out and the temps are rising, which makes summer a perfect time to hit the road and explore Arizona at your own pace.

Take advantage of cooling prices at top resorts around the state or embrace the outdoors by camping under the stars at a number of state and regional parks. Several cities have special deals and vacation ideas for locals during summer. So why not have some fun and act like a tourist in a new city while you visit Arizona's popular and hidden gems?

Check out the cities below for links to deals, attractions and entertainment this summer. For more inspiration, we've put together a few itineraries to inspire your summer vacation through unreal Arizona.


Summers are hot in Phoenix. Everybody knows that. But when you're lounging beneath the shade of towering palm trees, enjoying a gentle spritzing inside a poolside cabana or splashing in a sparkling pool with your giggling kids, Phoenix's famed heat isn't just dry—it's delightful.



Photo courtesy of The Scott Resort & Spa and Visit Phoenix


Great things happen when summer arrives in Scottsdale—resort rates go for a dip, chefs dish out creatively cool menus, and outdoor activities shift their schedules to take advantage of cool mornings and warm evenings. Tee-off at sunrise or dine in the desert under a starry sky; and tell summer to Bring. It. On.



Photo courtesy of We-Ko-Pa Resort


Relax poolside during the day and explore the desert's wonders after dark this summer in Tempe. Exploding with summer deals, concerts and Broadway shows, zoo adventures and more, Tempe has never been so cool!



Photo by Tim Trumble, courtesy of Tempe Tourism Office


When the sun goes down, Tucson comes alive downtown. Sip a drink in an underground speakeasy, or grab a room in the same hotel where John Dillinger once slept. Not a night owl? No worries. Tucson's famed for its culinary, cycling and climbing scenes. Try a new dish at any one of the locally inspired restaurants, then head to the nearby mountains to hike or bike trails fit for all levels.



Photo of Mount Lemmon by AOT

Road Trip Ideas

Some journeys begin with a single step. Others require wheels. Two wheels or four, download the following itineraries and set out on a cross-state road trip, from the rolling hills and tasting rooms of Arizona's wine-growing regions to the unique landscapes of our parks, and on scenic roads through towns big and small.

Arizona Wine Country Vineyards: Visit Arizona's vibrant and award-winning wine regions and tasting rooms

Life is a Picnic in Arizona's State Parks: Make a loop through some of the state's parks like Lost Dutchman or Tonto Natural Bridge

Take the Long Way 'Round: Scenic highways in southern and central Arizona


Photo of Tonto Natural Bridge by ryancourtright

Urban Exploration

For those who prefer resort pools to lakes and museums to caverns—not to mention easy access to air conditioning—these itineraries are sure to satisfy. City trekkers can take their pick from the small town charm of Cochise County to the big city lights of the greater Phoenix-area, and a little in-between.

Big City, Little Pleasures: Venture into the Valley of the Sun—Greater Phoenix

Capital Tour: Experience Arizona's territorial capitals, Prescott and Tucson, as well as its present-day capital city, Phoenix.

Cochise County: Travel to the small towns of southeastern Arizona, such as Bisbee, Willcox and Tombstone


Photo of Cloth & Flame by Molly McElenney courtesy of Visit Phoenix


Remember the warm days and endless nights of summer vacations? Discover a new side of Arizona this summer and relive the magic.

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