Mountain, beach, and wine country vacation spots in Arizona

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Going on a summer vacation can take you anywhere from California to Colorado to the Caribbean. But whether it's the beach or the mountains or wine country on your agenda, you don’t ever have to leave the state.

On Good Morning Arizona, Marjorie Magnusson from the Arizona Office of Tourism says anyone looking for a good getaway doesn’t need to travel far.  Arizona has a lot of great vacation alternatives within the state.  Magnusson says in-state destinations are easy and quick to get to within Arizona’s backyard; but they’ll make you feel far away.

When many Arizonans think about escaping to the mountains, they may think of Flagstaff. However, Magnusson says vacationers should consider Greer, Pinetop, and other destinations in and around the White Mountains.

"It's nice and cool," says Magnusson. "Those are 8,000 feet in elevation, so you're definitely going to be cool there. You'll need a jacket in the evenings."

If it's a beach vacation you are craving, the AOT says consider heading up to Lake Powell or Lake Havasu. Vacationers can enjoy all types of activities on the water along with the beautiful scenery.

"You can water ski, jet ski, para sail,just swim," says Magnusson. "You can camp by the shore. It's a great way to stay cool and wet."

Instead of heading to Napa and Sonoma in Northern California, head up the I-17 to Arizona’s wine country instead.  The Verde Valley boasts about a dozen wineries.  There are also vineyards in Southern and Eastern Arizona, for a total of some 70 different wineries around the state.

The AOT launched its “Summer in AZ “regional campaign, and sweepstakes in an effort to market the Grand Canyon State's different destinations. You can find more information on the department's website.

The organization says traveling locally helps the state’s economy. The industry is responsible for generating $2.7 billion in local, state and federal tax revenues, which equates to a tax break of more than $1,030 per Arizona household.