6 Arizona road trips for beating the summer heat (and the crowds) – Axios

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When school lets out and temperatures top 105 degrees, desert dwellers start looking for weekend reprieve from the grueling Valley heat.
Yes, but: While Flagstaff and Sedona are classic summer destinations, they quickly get crowded on the weekends.
Prescott, the former territorial capital of Arizona, is built around a quintessential small-town, courthouse square and famed for its Whiskey Row of western saloons — many of which are still cash only.
Now boasting almost a dozen tasting rooms on Main Street, Cottonwood has blossomed into a mecca for Arizona wine lovers.
Jerome is a former copper mining town that juts out from the side of Cleopatra Hill, nicknamed the "Wickedest Town in the West" and known for its ghost-story lore.
These two tiny towns have charming downtowns with mom-and-pop restaurants, bars and shops surrounded by cozy cabins.
Williams is known as the "Gateway to the Grand Canyon" and was the last town on Historic Route 66 bypassed by Interstate 40. It's in Arizona's high country — about 30 miles west of Flagstaff.
These cabin-heavy towns, surrounded by lakes and hiking trails, are a nature lover's dream.
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