Loving the Valley means seeing it in your rearview mirror from time to time – especially when the mercury hits triple digits. So in the spirit of sweet summer relief, we present seven weekend road trips to cooler Arizona climes, featuring every place to eat, drink, shop, discover and play from Friday to Sunday.
Nowhere else is rust so captivating. Sedona’s oxidized iron-tinted red rocks have attracted daytrippers, enlightenment seekers, hikers, bikers (both kinds), and world travelers for years. You’ve probably been there more than once, and probably been let down a few times by overhyped attractions and amenities that paled next to the geological grandeur. So we’ve distilled the sans pareil of Sedona into an easy weekend getaway calibrated to everyone from outdoor adventurers to shopaholics.
Newport Beach is a Family Affair
The greatest getaways for families happen on 9 miles of pristine California coastline, and California’s premier beach destination, Newport Beach. Newport Beach is a wonderland of things to see and do for families who love the water, exploring, surfing or just laying in the sun. This idyllic seaside destination is widely celebrated for its natural beauty and vibrant yachting community alongside stylish accommodations, eclectic coastal cuisine and upscale shopping. The Back Bay Ecological Preserve offers a host of water fun from kayaking and paddle boarding to birdwatching. A variety of seasonal camps make a great escape for kids while parents get away to the many shops and eateries. Named one of the top family beaches in America, Newport Beach is the ultimate getaway, offering world-class beach fun amidst the ease of a quaint seaside village. A world of wonder for everyone in the family awaits, only here in Newport Beach.
No use denying it: PHOENIX magazine is in the bag for San Diego. You could set your seasonal clock to our annual San Diego-themed headlines: “San Diego: A Paradise for Tourists,” “Swimsuits & San Diego,” “Your San Diego Planner,” and so on. There’s a rational explanation for our San Diego fetish: You love it, too. When it comes to a well-deserved respite from the Arizona summer heat, nothing beats breezy, beachy, relatively-nearby San Diego. Many ’zoners are acquainted with the city’s high-volume public beaches, like the frat-party playgrounds of Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach, which is why we’ve decided to cover the smaller, more remote, lesser-known fun-and-sun spots in this issue – San Diego’s boutique beaches, if you will. And we might even uncover a few sun-soaked gems that our back issues missed.
Arizona’s Wild West mystique, Route 66 nostalgia, and the Grand Canyon’s grandeur have lured travelers from far and wide.
But Arizona does still have its secrets. From a Prohibition speakeasy in a Prescott basement to a rattlesnake craft store near Tombstone, surprises abound. Here’s a trifecta of trips.
From the local color of Molokai to the luaus of Maui, these heritage-heavy destinations offer a nice one-two Hawaiian punch.
There was a time when tourists flocking to the Aloha State were satisfied with what could be called the Hawaii Five-S: sun, sand, surf, seafood and spas (plus a little golf).
Celebrate the completion of the state-long Arizona National Scenic Trail with these highlight hikes.Finally, outdoor lovers have a boots-on-the-ground way to experience our state’s mesmerizing diversity, border-to-border. Just in time for Arizona’s Centennial, the state-traversing Arizona Trail has debuted on the national scene, joining the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails as one of America’s premier treks. It’s also one of the few that welcomes mountain-biking and horseback riding, making it a truly multi-sport mega-trail.
From historic hollows and Hummer half-pipes to dapper dude ranches and to-die-for drives, we’re serving up a bountiful birthday helping of 52 weekend adventures to help you christen Arizona’s second century of statehood. Plus: New this year, per reader requests, is a quick take ’em or leave ’em kid friendliness guide.