The Best Road Trips is a weekly summer series highlighting our favorite getaways from major cities all over the United States.
Nicknamed Valley of the Sun, Phoenix is known for its sub-tropical desert climate, where temperatures can skyrocket beyond 100 degree in the summer.
With a host of museums and galleries, top-notch Tex-Mex cuisine and cactus-dotted landscape, Arizona's state capital is one of the most unique metropolises in the country. But the city's 4.2 million residents need to venture out every once in a while and take advantage of myriad vacations spots within (somewhat-reasonable) driving distance.
So pack your bags, crank the A.C., and hop in the car -- we've got some miles to cover.
-- Devon Antonetti, Oyster.com