A June 2001 trip
to Tempe by Christa
Quote: Taking advantage of a last minute web fare, my boyfriend and I fled a rainy weekend on the East Coast for a sun-drenched weekend in the beautiful area around Tempe, AZ. Better yet, we did it on a budget and had a wonderful time.
2- Driving the Apache Trail. The drive alone is a day well spent, but stopping at any of the lakes makes for a nice swim and a great place to enjoy a packed lunch. We stopped at Canyon Lake - the first one you come to and the only one that doesn''t require driving on an extremely narrow dirt road. .For /day you get access to the lake and the picnic areas (including BBQs).
3- Tortilla Flat, a "town" which basically consists of a family-owned restaurant and gift shop. While it would be hard to spend more than an hour in Tortilla Flat, it''s a decent gift shop and the novelty demands at least a peak - besides it''s the only place to get food and a cold drink in the middle of the desert!
My second suggestion is for people who would have to travel a good distance to get to AZ. I live in NYC and have been dreaming of a camping trip in the SW for at least 3 years. It never seemed like a good time because flights are relatively expensive, and where could I camp that''s not far from a city with an airport, and if I''m flying for 5 hours I''d want to spend enough time to relax, etc. Well, if you''re thinking this way - no worries. I finally just said "Forget it. Here''s a good fare [ RT on America West] let''s go!" We left early Saturday morning and returned on a red-eye Monday night and it was perfect.
The bathrooms were clean and it has a nice pool/hot tub. The campground is centered perfectly between the city and the mountains. About 25 minutes to Tempe (and about 10-15 minutes to any useful stores) and about the same to Lost Dutchman State Park. All in all, it was a great way to keep our budget down and still be convenient to the area attractions.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2001
Apache Trail KOA
1540 South Tomahawk Road
Tempe, Arizona 85220
New York, New York