For most of us in the United States, summer means that couple of weeks of weather in the lower to mid-80s, a few days of surviving high 90s and days spent enjoy sandy beaches and AC. If you live in Arizona, however, the summer can be a bit more intense. The good news is that there are a lot of exciting ways to enjoy the summer and beat those 100-degree days. Here are some of the best ways to keep cool while visiting this beautiful southwestern state.
- Hit one of the state’s many water parks.
If you live in or near Tucson, check out Breakers Water Park. There are water rides, wave pools, and themed pipelines to experience in this beautiful water park. A season pass (May-September) is only $39.99 and allows you unlimited access to the park for the whole summer. As an added bonus, the pass gets you into the park a half-hour before the general public.
- Grab the family and explore the Grand Canyon Caverns.
Just outside of Kingman you will find one of the largest dry cavern systems in the United States. Each year this unique location is host to thousands of people who come to explore and discover the caverns. Whether you are an experienced hiker or beginner, you can easily navigate these geological wonders and enjoy a temporary respite from the heat.
- Grab your swimming gear and head out to one state’s beautiful lakes.
Just outside of Phoenix is the picturesque Roosevelt Lake. This reservoir is a 22-mile long natural oasis that is great for sports or a day of relaxing by the water. This location is the perfect spot for a day trip or a weekend getaway.
- Grab a pole and cast a line.
If you are the kind of traveler that likes to kick back and throw a line, head over to Red Mountain Lake in Mesa. This lovely fishing hole is full of rainbow trout, sunfish, carp and largemouth bass and is open as soon as the sun comes up. Be sure to adhere to the daily bag limits as well as the rules of the park while fishing.