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Why shouldn’t adults have fun in the summer, too?

By Shoshana Dubnow

Summer is often thought of as the season where kids are out of school and ready to unwind. However, it doesn’t have to only be kids who get to enjoy the summer fun. Arizona has many options of activities for adults that will make the hot summer days fly by in what feels like minutes.

Feeling lucky? Gila River Hotels and Casinos is the place for you. With two locations in Chandler and one location in the West Valley, you can be assured that no matter where you live, it won’t be too long of a drive. Whether you are in the mood to use their hundreds of exciting slot machines or you just want to unwind with a golf or spa day, there is truly something for everybody to do. Gila River Hotels and Casinos recently launched THE card that can be put towards food, games, or tickets to a show at the 1,400 person entertainment venue. Thanks to their partnership with several Arizona sports teams, you might even walk away with tickets to a Diamondbacks game or Coyotes game.

If you’re not up for the craziness of a casino and prefer a low key escape, consider heading up to Verde Valley! Cottonwood, Arizona, the heart of the Verde Valley, is a quaint town with lots of history behind it. What was once a bootlegging area has turned into a gorgeous destination for wine lovers. You might be wondering how wine can be produced in Arizona’s climate. Unlike Phoenix, temperatures in Cottonwood are cool during the nighttime and warm during the day. This combination is ideal for growing grapes that are turned into delicate wines. The downtown area also has delicious restaurants and adorable boutiques.

One of the greatest things about Arizona is its beautiful scenery. If you want to spend a gorgeous day outdoors, book a Pink Jeep Tour in Sedona. There are a few options of tours depending on what you want to get out of your experience in red rock country. The most popular off-road tour is the Broken Arrow Tour. You will get to see rock formations including Submarine Rock, Chicken Point, Mushroom Rock, Bell Rock, The 747, and Chapel Butte all while bouncing on the edge of your seat. If you love history, consider going on the Ancient Ruin Tour that will take you to cliff dwellings from prehistoric cultures. For those who love to soak in amazing views, the Scenic Rim Tour is a more relaxed ride to some breathtaking sights. Finally, if you want to ride to the Grand Canyon in style, go on the Grand Canyon Premier tour and let a professional lead you to and from this world wonder.

Adults tend to get so caught up in their busy worlds that they forget the importance of taking time for themselves. That’s what summer is all about– creating memories that make you forget about your everyday stresses, and they will last you a lifetime. Arizona is full of these opportunities, so take a day, a weekend, or a week to check out at least one of the incredible getaways mentioned above.