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Arizona vacationing

It’s likely you started the summer with a plan to head to the beach. But life has a way of changing plans and now, with school starting soon, it may seem like the chance for vacation might be long gone.

It’s not too late. Pick a weekend, pack the car, get the kids and explore Arizona.

Staycation

Make it an unforgettable weekend by booking a hotel/resort with a kid-friendly pool, fit in a Diamondbacks game, and plan a movie night and/or dinner night. Getting out of the house is enough to make it feel like a vacation. Phoenix and Scottsdale are lined with resorts to help make these last few weekends of summer feel like you took a fun trip.

Water activities

There may not be oceanfront beaches in Arizona but there is plenty of water. Tempe Town Lake offers boat rentals. There are 18 lakes in the state, some less than an hour away. Try Lake Pleasant, just north of Phoenix, Lake Powell near Page or Lake Havasu near Lake Havasu City. Enjoy boat and ski rentals, restaurants and live entertainment.

Head north

Sedona: When it’s 115 degrees outside, a trip to cooler destinations is a good option. Sedona is just about two hours north of Phoenix and another two hours south of the Grand Canyon. The beautiful red rocks are a photographer’s dream and the beautiful hiking trails are perfect for early risers. There’s a plethora of activities all yearlong.

Grand Canyon: There is nothing more beautiful in Arizona than the Grand Canyon. If you’ve never been or are looking to make it a family affair, anytime is a great time to visit the state’s greatest landmark. There are hiking tours ad opportunities, rafting in the canyon and much more.

Flagstaff-Williams: Check out old Route 66 in Williams and then head north to old town Flagstaff.

Even in the summer one can enjoy the treasures hidden in Arizona. For more options click here.