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Arizona Rises as Hike Destination: Camelback Mountain, Phoenix Photo Series


By Kayla Bernardino

Arizona Rises as Hike Destination: Camelback Mountain, Phoenix Photo Series

Arizona is quickly becoming a hit hiking destination. The Grand Canyon is an obvious must-see, but the hype about other gorgeous getaways in the Copper State like the Havasupai Falls and the Camelback Mountain, is bringing eyes to Arizona. With a five-star rating on Yelp, you need to check out the Camelback Mountain Hike. 

Just Another Weekend: Phoenix Photos Series

Sometimes, it’s nice to get out of the city. Away from the hub of people– and a few weekends ago, away from all things Super Bowl. I don’t have anything against the sport (though I’m more of a NBA gal myself), but the influx of football fanatics was not appealing to me at all. An estimated 1 million people were expected to attend the #SB50 events in San Francisco, with expectations of congestion and “carmageddon.”

Because of this, plus my desire to get some Vitamin D (apparently, the weather was great in the Bay, oops) and as an early V-day gift to my boyfriend, I booked us some last-minute flights to Phoenix, and we were off!

Hiking Camelback Mountain

A One-of-a-Kind Visit to the Desert Botanical Garden

According to quite a few news outlets, the much-feared traffic disaster didn’t end up happening, due to the efforts of traffic control cops as well as the fact that many opted for public transportation. Regardless, a weekend spent in nature is always something I appreciate, Super Bowl or not. If you would like to read more of our stories about Arizona, check out our Grand Canyon story or our Havasupai Guide.

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Kayla Bernardino

Article by Kayla Bernardino

Kayla is a recent grad at UC Berkeley who loves traveling to new places and meeting new people. Her favorite country so far is South Africa, and her next goal is to make it to Easter Island!