Get out of town

While the Phoenix area provides a plethora of fun activities to do, we know it is good to get away sometimes. You will have many opportunities for fun road trips during your time at SCNM!


About 2.5 hours north of SCNM, Flagstaff is known as a ski and snowboard destination with cool weather and amazing slopes. However, if you don’t want to head for the mountain there are still a bunch of other amazing things to do. These include whitewater rafting, helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon, star gazing at the Lowell Observatory and much more. Also, you can kick back and relax with friends at one of Flagstaff’s unique wine bars, coffee shops, or pubs! Take a look at http://www.flagstaff.com/ to learn more.


Located about two hours from the SCNM Campus, Sedona offers a wide variety of activities perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway. Breathtaking scenic hikes through the red rocks, camping under crystal clear starry skies, excellent golfing, and hot air balloon rides are just some of the great outdoor activities that can be experienced in Sedona. If you are looking for total relaxation, there are a number of spas and great restaurants as well. There are always fun festivals and arts events going on, so check out http://visitsedona.com/ to learn more!


Nestled in the heart of Arizona's burgeoning Verde Valley is the town of Cottonwood. Enjoy picturesque scenery while kayaking through the valley, or embark on the famous Verde Valley Wine Trail featuring local Arizona wineries.  Experience Cottonwood's rich history with historic tours, nature trails, local art galleries, and antiques and boutique shops in Oldtown. Cottonwood's wide variety of events and festivals, shopping, excellent dining options, and bed and breakfasts makes this historic town the perfect weekend getaway.  Find out more about Cottonwood at http://www.visitcottonwoodaz.org/

Grand Canyon National Park

At SCNM, you have a Wonder of the World just a short drive away!  Arizona's most iconic destination, the Grand Canyon is something that you have to see in person.  Whether you want to hike, raft, horseback ride, or just stare in awe at the incredible view, the Grand Canyon is something everyone should experience.


The hillside historic mining town of Jerome is a popular tourist destination filled with artists, musicians, writers, and perhaps even the occasional ghost! Spend a day wandering the narrow streets full of unique shops, restaurants and saloons. Learn more at http://www.azjerome.com/jerome/.

Out of State

Los Angeles is only a 6 hour drive or 1.5 hour flight from Tempe. The beach, Disneyland and tons of other entertainment are there if you want a nice change of scenery. If you are looking for an international excursion, Mexico is only a few hours south.  Also, Las Vegas is less than 5 hours away. With all the amazing clubs, casinos and shows available in Sin City just be sure not to have too much fun!