Fall break getaways, in and out of Arizona

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX  --  Fall break is coming up for the kids. And for the rest of us, we'd just love a quick break from the heat. On Good Morning Arizona, Megan Saxon from Triple A had some travel tips for our viewers.

She suggests Southern California for a quick, easy drive. San Diego is a popular destination year-round for Arizonans. However, this October San Diego is celebrating a "kid-vasion," where more than 100 attractions are free for kids, and kids can eat free at several establishments.

Many of the participating places also offer a AAA discount for the adults in the party, including:
-Legoland California and SEA LIFE Aquarium. AAA members save 10% on admission
-The San Diego Zoo. AAA Members save 10% on admission
-The San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  AAA Members save 10% on admission

Other free-for-kids activities include San Diego Speedboat adventures, museum and aquarium admission and several boat and train tours. 

"Some of the great ones they're doing are the seal tours," she says. "So with a paying adult, you can get on the seal tour with your 3-to-12-year-old."

You don't have to leave the state to enjoy a break, and even get in the mood for fall.  See the leaves change color on a beautiful scenic drive up north.

"Sometimes I think we forget that we do that the fall colors right here," she says.

Peaks Loop - Coconino National Forest in the San Francisco Peaks.
-Winds through pine forests, aspen groves and around Arizona's tallest mountain, Humphreys Peak.
-There are numerous spots to stop along the way for a hike, picnic, sight-see and set up camp.
-It takes about two hours to complete the loop, not including the drive time from Phoenix.

Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway
-This scenic byway offers stunning views of fall foliage, including ponderosa pine and quaking aspen.
-Has been described as "the most pleasant 44 miles in America," according to the U.S. Forest Service.
-It takes about three hours to complete this round-trip trek from the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Rim Road/General Crook Trail Loop - Mogollon Rim
-The breathtaking drop-off of the Mogollon Rim is the highlight of this scenic drive.
-Panoramic views enable travelers to take in a plethora of fall colors in all their glory.
-It also provides plenty of opportunities to hike, bike and watch wildlife. The 54-mile loop starts at Clint's Well, which is a two-hour drive from Phoenix.

For more information, go to AAA.com/travel.