Summertime isn't just about laying on the beach with a cool drink in your hand. There's plenty of other things to do that will keep you cool in the hottest months of the year. Sometimes, all it takes is the decision to pack your bags and go on an adventure. However you prefer to cool off, we've put together a few things to do in the Southwest during the summertime.
Cool off. There's not many places in Arizona where you can truly escape the summer heat. The Lava River Tube in Flagstaff, Arizona happens to be one of these rare gems. Temperatures in this cave can be as cool as 42 degrees, even in the summer. After a hike through here, the summer heat might actually feel refreshing.
Reel one in. If you need to be on the water, try out Fly fishing in Velarde, New Mexico. Expert guides will help you develop and improve your skills regardless of your level of experience. These guided fishing trips take place on all the best rivers, streams and private ranches throughout Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. The fishing spots are located in the Santa Fe, Chama, Taos, San Juan River and Valles Caldera areas.
Catch some air. Wake up early one morning to float peacefully over Carson Valley, Nevada in a hot air balloon. This is an incredible experience for the adventurous types. Sure, the scenery is beautiful from the ground. But imagine taking it in from a bird's perspective. This means anywhere from the tree tops to possibly 5,000 feet above the ground, depending on the wind.
Marvel. The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway in Utah will take your breath away as soon as you catch sight of it. It offers visitors endless picturesque moments and numerous picnic spots. It's the perfect place to appreciate nature's beauty and get some peace and quiet.
See for yourself. We've heard the scenic parking lot of Zapata Falls, Colorado, alone is worth the visit. But we like to think that if the parking lot is incredible, the actual falls has to be nothing short of amazing. Considering temperatures range from 80 - 140 degrees in the surrounding areas, the mist of the falls will certainly keep you cool despite the summer heat.
Rest is an important part of every adventure. So where can you lay your head along this journey through the Southwest? In Napa, there's something to fit everyone's style. There's the contemporary Inn on First Bed & Breakfast or the romantic and historic Churchill Manor. If you're in need of a spa, the serene Milliken Creek Inn & Spa may be your best bet. You could also stay at Napa's first bed and breakfast, now a magnificent boutique hotel, the Wine Country Inn Bed & Breakfast. The hip, fresh, and luxurious Inn on Randolph is also another option. Just a short drive from the Lava River Tube in Flagstaff, Arizona is the scenic Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn of Sedona and the relaxed and inviting Casa Sedona Inn. Near Velarde, New Mexico is the luxurious Palacio de Marquesa Taos and the picturesque Hacienda del Sol Bed & Breakfast.
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