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Summer in Arizona: Why to Look Forward to It

April 24, 2017 - By Resource

The weather might be hot, but summer is the best time to get out and enjoy all that this beautiful state has to offer. Read below for some go-to places this summer!


Lake Pleasant
– This large recreational area is home to one of the most scenic water areas in the valley. Whether you are looking to spend an afternoon on a boat, go cliff-jumping, or spend a night camping, Lake Pleasant is the right destination.

Lake Havasu – No other vacation spot offers more ways to have fun than Lake Havasu. With several hotels, you can spend fun-filled week full of bars, zip-lining, water recreational areas, and much more!


Tempe Town Lake – This 2 mile long lake is a scenic site to see that stretches across the city of Tempe. You can spend an afternoon of renting kayaks, paddle boating, or just taking a nice evening stroll.


Canyon Lake – The most shaded of the lakes in an hour drive from Phoenix, Canyon Lake is quite scenic and a good place to spend a hot summer day at the lake!


Water Parks

Oasis Water Park – Voted by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s Top 10 Water Parks, this park at the Arizona Grand Resort has built over 7 acres of fun for all ages and is perfect for a
weekend getaway.

Wet N’ Wild – Known as the largest theme park in the Arizona, spend an afternoon full of different water slides, gourmet food, lazy rivers, and wave pools

Big Surf – Along with having the largest wave pool in Arizona, this park is nothing short of entertaining. Since it is only open in the summer, it is the best place to escape the heat!




Arizona Grand Resort & Spa – Voted the #1 stay-cation spot in Arizona, this resort is a sure week/weekend success. The amenities include a golf course, water park, culinary delights, and top of the line service.


The Arizona Biltmore – Full of rich history dating back to 1929, this luxurious resort has exquisite accommodations ranging from inspirational architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, newly renovated guest rooms, and events every week. Fun fact: this is one of the top vacation destinations of the U.S. Presidents!


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale – Luxurious hotel located in the hills of Pinnacle Peak and will ensure a weekend enriched with outstanding design, spas, and first class dining.

Royal Palms Resort & Spa – If you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway, look no further. The Royal Palms allows you to indulge in the elegant restaurants, intimate villas, and beautiful scenery.


Radisson – Fort McDowell Resort & Casino – Book a stay-cation at this Vegas-like naturalistic resort and casino. Walking distance is the famous Fort McDowell Adventures where you can book horseback riding, jeep tours, kayaking, and much more!


Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort – Book one of these to spend a luxurious week/weekend in your own private villa.


Cheap Phoenix Golf Rates

Troon North Golf Club -Rated as one of the Top 100 Golf Courses by Golf Magazine, you will get a desert golf experience with two 18-hole courses that stretch through the landscape of Pinnacle Peak.

Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale – A 36-hole course that is home to the Tournament Players Network that is operated by the PGA Tour! Fun fact: This is where the Phoenix Open is held each year!

Wildfire Golf Club – Being one of the top courses in Phoenix, it is located in the middle of the Sonoran Desert with two 18-hole courses that will surely challenge even the best of the best!

The Boulders Resort Golf Club – Featuring a championship north course that offers 36 challenging holes, golf pro shop, and a restaurant.


Top Golf – If you’re not looking to spend a day on a course, Top Golf allows you to hit balls while being misted and fanned simultaneously.  Through a series of different point games, this isn’t your typical driving range, this one really brings out anyone’s competitive side. Not only do you just hit balls, there is a full stocked bar, gourmet food, and the atmosphere is unlike any other!


Arizona High Country

Humphreys Peak – Arizona’s highest peak offers thick forest, cooler temperatures, and great views from the 12,633ft top. Just be aware of the weather, this is not the place to be during a summer lightning storm!

Sunrise Horseshoe Bend – Beat the heat by waking up early and catching the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend, a U-shaped meander in the Colorado River located near the town of Page.

North Rim of the Grand Canyon – Higher in elevation than the more frequently visited South Rim, the North Rim offers many opportunities to camp, view wildlife, and soak up the scenery north of the Grand Canyon.

Woods Canyon Lake – Camping on the Mogollon Rim past Payson is the way many choose to beat the heat. Fish for trout at Woods Canyon Lake or one of the other more tucked away rim lakes.

The White Mountains – A drive further past Payson and Show Low rewards with even cooler temperatures. Camp at Big Lake for some great trout fishing at your tent’s door step!