Jul 15, 2022 - Things to Do

Escape the Phoenix heat with a road trip to Pinetop-Lakeside

Animated gif of a thermometer in the shape of a cactus rising to 120+ degrees, and then back down.
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It's that point in the summer when we all daydream about moving up north and hunkering down in a cozy cabin until the unbearable heat subsides.

That may be a little extreme, but we do endorse a weekend trip to recharge and cool off before another hot week.

The big picture: The cabin-heavy town of Pinetop-Lakeside is surrounded by lakes and hiking trails. It's a nature lover's dream.

Distance from Phoenix: About 190 miles northeast via State Routes 87 and 260.

Average July temperature: High of 84, low of 54. Sounds like heaven right now.

What to do

🥾 Take a hike in the White Mountain trail system. There are more than 200 miles of trails!

🏌 Hit the greens at one of the half-dozen golf courses in Pinetop-Lakeside or nearby Show Low.

🏍 Go off-roading on the Maverick Trail for Motorized Vehicles.

ğŸŽ£ Fish, kayak or just lounge at one of the many lakes in the area. It's called Lakeside, after all.

What to eat and drink

🥖 Baked in Pinetop offers fresh bread and baked goodies — perfect for carbo-loading before a hike.

🍺 Try a Belgian-style beer at Pinetop Brewing Company.

🦁 Stop by The Lion's Den Bar & Grill for live music, cold drinks and yummy food.

Where to stay

🏡 Cabins are the way to go in this part of Arizona. Try these Airbnbs, but be aware that rentals are filling up fast as we all flock up north.

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