With summer break upon us, it begs for a road trip to see some of Arizona’s state gems. Grab your keys and get ready to hit the road with 5 day trips worth taking!
- Arizona’s Wine Country
You don’t have to head to northern California to experience the charm in a day of wine tasting. Page Spring Cellars offers weekend tours of one of their vineyards. Just drive north toward Flagstaff on I-17 North. Exit 293 and head to Cornville Road. This well-known local winery actually grow grapes across the state not only up north, from Verde Valley to Southeast Arizona. Tours at the Page Springs Cellars start at $12 and you can find out more information here.
- Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
This drive will take you 10 miles north of Payson off of State Route 87. Be prepared to be wowed with the size and scale of this natural bridge. The travertine structure is the largest in the world, according to AZstateparks.com at 183 feet high over a tunnel measuring 400 feet long and 150 wide! You’ll have opportunities to hike trails to the creek banks and also to an observation deck under the bridge. For more information visit azstateparks.com/Parks/TONA
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park
Want to see Arizona’s prized botanical garden? Then, your drive will take you roughly 55 miles east of Phoenix on U.S. 60, near Superior. This park is home to more than 320 acres and dates back to the 1920’s. Here, is where you’ll see all that the Sonoran Desert has to boast about in desert flora and fauna. 3000 different types vegetation growing along a walking trail more than a mile long. For more information visit azstateparks.com/Parks/BOTH
- Superstition Mountains
This range is not only hugely popular but also breathtakingly beautiful. The drive is an easy one, by way of the U.S. 60 past Apache Junction to Peralta Road. Turn north and drive roughly 8 miles to the beginning of the trail. The Superstitions are huge, 24 miles east to west and roughly 12 miles north to south with a variety of trails for all skill levels. Peralta Trailhead draws the largest number of hikers. To find out more information visit here.
- Saguaro Lake
Even for those who are avid boaters, Saguaro Lake offers a wonderful opportunity for a day road- trip. This drive will take you up State Route 87 to Bush Highway. Signs will get you to parking at the lake. You’ll find a restaurant, picnic tables, and boat rentals at the marina. You can even enjoy a trip to see the lake aboard a guided cruise starting at $12 and young children are free. Stocked fishing is also an option with rainbow trout, largemouth bass and catfish. You can get more information here.