End-of-Summer Road Trips
The end of summer is approaching and many people are hitting the road to get in those last-minute road trips. There are so many amazing places to see in Arizona, and many aren’t more than an hour’s drive from major cities. Here are some of our favorite road trips and some tips on how to travel safely there and back.
Favorite Arizona Road Trips
Grand Canyon – This incredible destination is a little over 3 hours from Phoenix. It’s a great trip for families, couples, and even thrill-seekers who might want to indulge in a ride down the canyon on donkeys or a hike along the ridge trails. You can even book helicopter flights for sightseeing tours!
Sedona – This destination city is known for its beautiful red rock formations and great hiking spots. Downtown also boasts a vibrant music and art community, farmer’s market, shops, and playgrounds. Visit the Red Rock State Park for a fun hiking, climbing, and picnicking spot. The city is about 2 hours from Phoenix.
Phoenix – For those driving into Phoenix, don’t miss some of the area’s best attractions, including the Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona Science Center, Heard Museum, Camelback Mountain, Papago Park, South Mountain Park, the Phoenix Zoo, and the Phoenix Art Museum.
Las Vegas, NV – Don’t miss an annual road trip to Las Vegas, which is about a 4.5-hour drive from Phoenix. There are plenty of things to do, including visiting museums, shopping, and catching a show. Make sure to book in advance as shows do sell out!
Flagstaff – This is a great time of the year to escape into the mountains for a little shade and cooler weather. Flagstaff is a great place to shop, hike, relax, and enjoy time with your family.
Lake Havasu – Cool down with a dip in the lake and rent boats or personal watercraft for some fun with friends. The lake is a 3-hour drive from Phoenix and has plenty of hiking, camping, picnicking, and swimming spots.
Road Trip Travel Safety
Before embarking on any road trip, there are a few things you should do to make your drive a bit safer.
• Get a tune-up. Take your vehicle in for a tune-up and oil change. Have them check tire pressure and rotate the tires if necessary. Make sure your air conditioning is working efficiently and there are no problems with your vehicle. Check lights and brakes, and change out any filters or windshield wipers that need to be replaced.
• Pack for weather conditions. Be sure to check the weather conditions and pack accordingly. During the summer in Arizona, you’ll need extra water, shade, sunscreen, and clothing to keep you cool and keep the sun away from your skin.
• Plan for emergencies. This includes packing extra water, food, and clothing in case you break down. Have an extra cellphone battery in case yours dies and you can’t charge it. Have a list of emergency contacts.
• Map your route. Know where you’ll go, where you can stop for gas, where you can buy food and water, etc. It’s also important to know where hospitals are in case you have an emergency. Also, pinpoint a few car mechanics along the way who are open on the days you are traveling, just in case you have car trouble and need help.
Were You Involved in a Road Trip Accident?
If you are involved in a road trip accident, contact The Husband and Wife Law Team to get a free consultation. While we can plan and prepare and hope to have a safe trip, accidents do still happen. Many things can unfortunately go wrong during a road trip, including car accidents, hiking accidents, pedestrian accidents, biking accidents, swimming accidents, and more. It’s important to have a team who has experience dealing with these types of accidents.