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Surviving the Summer Heat in Phoenix

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As the Arizona heat continues to drag on, you may be thinking, “I’ve gone to the pool and visited the malls and the cinema a million times. What else can my family and I do to stay cool and stay active this summer?” At Long Wong’s AZ Famous wings in West Phoenix, we think after you read this list, you just might wish summer was longer…maybe.

While there are endless possibilities for cool fun in our gorgeous state, here are our 5 top suggestions to beat the heat:

1. Tortilla Flat

This authentic remnant of an old west town has a whopping population of six people. Yep, we said six! In 1904 it was a stagecoach stop. And now it’s a popular tourist destination with a restaurant that sells the biggest burgers and the hottest chili around (not that there is a whole lot nearby!). After lunch, have a stroll and visit the country store, where you and the family can cool down by grabbing a scoop of their famous prickly pear gelato. Yum!  

2. Sedona Pink Jeep Tour

Averaging 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the Phoenix Valley, Sedona is a great option to escape the heat and welcome a little adventure into your life. The whole family (6-9 passengers) will be awestruck by this 2 hour guided ride over and around the red rocks and wildlife that Sedona has to offer. And to make it even more inviting, Groupon currently has a pretty great deal on tickets.

3. Diamondbacks Game

Being a spring and summer sport, Phoenix did their baseball fans right by constructing an indoor stadium. Sit back, relax, and eat a hot dog while enjoying free air conditioning! Oh, and the Diamondbacks have quite a stellar record so far this season. And for those of you who have a Costco membership, there is a 50% off tickets deal when purchasing Costco club seats.

4. Montezuma Castle National Monument

An hour and a half north of Phoenix stands an impressive ancient, 20-room dwelling carved into the pink cliffs, at 100 feet above the Verde Valley. This 5-story home was built by Sinagua farmers in the 12th century. Nearby, you’ll also find the ancient remnants of Tuzigoot National Monument. This monument is a Sinaguan village, built in the 1400s, and is accessible to walk in and around. These two stunning structures are worth the trek, and provide a way to escape the Phoenix heat while enjoying Arizona’s special sites!

5. Kartchner Caverns

If you’re looking for cooler temperatures and shade, why not head underground? These caverns are a breezy 70 degrees: almost enough to consider a sweater or jacket! Marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites, and look for a few (or a whole colony) of those nocturnal winged creatures, AKA bats!

By mentioning some of our favorite regional summer activities, we hope we stirred up your imagination about cooler ways to survive the Arizona heat. And when you’re looking for a local way to chill and fill your belly with satisfying deliciousness, stop in at Long Wong’s AZ Famous wings in West Phoenix for an ice cold beer and a platter of wings!


Photo by Nicole De Khors from Burst (7/10/2018)

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