If you feel like getting out of the city, I found just the place – the Apache Trail! Travel just 30 miles to the east and you will find yourself in the fifth-largest national forest in the country, the Tonto National Forest. Although it boasts 5.8 million visitors, I hardly encountered another person.
I stopped at Superstition Mountain, which had great trails and photo opportunities. The old Goldfield ghost town just down the road is also worth seeing. Another mile will take you to the Lost Dutchman State Park. Don’t miss Canyon Lake (beautiful!) and have a bite to eat at Tortilla Flats.
The drive is an adventure and part of it is gravel. I decided my little convertible didn’t need to go off-roading so I turned around at this point. The ride back was even more scenic. I just kept thinking, “Wow, Arizona is breathtaking!”