09/18/2012 07:13 am ET Updated Nov 18, 2012

The Best Road Trips From Phoenix (PHOTOS)

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,

The Best Road Trips from Phoenix, AZ (PHOTOS)