By R. Anthony Diaz |Asst. Features Editor|
Despite the controversial politics set by the governor and legislature in Arizona, the state holds many beautiful wonders that are worth experiencing.
Whether standing next to a cliff that enters the Earth’s core in the Grand Canyon or counting the hundreds of color variations in a single sunset, this is a place where you can revamp your soul.
This is one of the few states where you can actually experience the desert’s heat, the cooling of a lake and the enjoyment of fresh snow. Although it would be nearly impossible to do all three in one day, these places are for those on a mission.
One of the best spots for fun in the sand are the sand dunes right outside of Yuma near Algodones, Mexico. With sand smoother than a babies bottom and hills made for a thrill, this is a trusted recreational spot. Whether you’re dirt biking, taking out a buggy or golf cart or need a place to stop your RV, this is it.
Lake Havasu is the ultimate spot for lake parties and enjoying the sunshine. Although it is a popular spot for college spring breakers, it attracts just as many golfers, hikers and families who want a nearby getaway.
With 300 sunny days a year, there is plenty to do here. The Desert Storm boat races are probably the best annual event. Speed boats reach a speed that almost make them look like they are floating in the air, a spectacular sight to see.
The little big city of Phoenix is only five hours away from CSUSB, making it a great option for any long or short vacation. This city gives new meaning to the outdoor patio.
There is a pool party every day, you just have to find it. No matter what kind of scene you are looking for there is something for everyone. And I really do mean everyone.
For college-aged scholars looking to maximize their experience, I recommend Mill Avenue in Tempe. It offers the feel of a small town downtown with a big bang! You can easily bar hop and not worry about having to drive.
With that said, most of the bar areas are condensed but far apart from one another. If you are not staying in a specific location for the evening, make sure to have a designated driver for the 15 minute commute from one bar neighborhood to the other.
Old Town Scottsdale is known for their high end clubs and bottle service. With Bars like Pussy Cat Lounge, Dirty Pretty and American Junkie, you’ll definitely want to get on a list. SmashBoxx is the world’s first nightclub video booth streaming a live video box of random partygoers confessing, revealing and acting like they are 16 years old.
Phoenix is full of many amazing restaurants and dishes. To highlight a few, Kai is a must and it is the only Five Diamond Native American restaurant in the world. El Hefe is a fun taco bar with disc jockies and beer taps built into the tables. Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn is perfect for outdoor dining with views of Camelback Mountain and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
My absolute favorite thing to do every summer aside from visiting my close friends from Arizona State University is going Salt River tubing. Imagine floating down the Salt River with clear skies, wild horses drinking water six feet away, all your friends and an ice chest hooked to your tube. This is sheer heaven and a guaranteed great time.
Whatever you decide to do, I advise you not to travel with more than two Mexicans. You may get pulled over for no reason at all which will cause you to miss a flight, arrive late to a dinner or spoil your overall trip.