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Greetings from the International Students and Scholars Center! We hope your summer is off to a great start and that you’re having fun and staying healthy. 

This week, we’re covering some of the cool things to do around Arizona. You already know about our amazing weather, which means you can visit these places any time of the year. So pack your sunscreen and water, and get ready to experience the Southwestern desert.

Visit the Grand Canyon

One of the world’s seven natural wonders is right here in our backyard. You can explore the 1.2 million acres that make up the Grand Canyon by land, air and water. The South Rim, which sits at 7,000 feet above sea level, is one of the highlights chosen by first-time visitors and  is open year-round.

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Salt River tubing

A summer staple, there is nothing like cooling down while floating down the Lower Salt River. This mountain stream offers more than just a cool escape. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might see some of the Tonto National Forest’s wild horses or other desert dwellers.

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Relax and rejuvenate in Sedona

The scenery that makes Red Rock Country a geological wonder is something you have to see to believe. Sedona is just a short trip up I-17 and offers 1.8 million acres of national forest land, including two state parks. There’s something for the adventure seeker, as well as those looking for something a bit more relaxing.

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Visit the Pima Air & Space Museum

Featuring more than 400 historic aircraft, from a Wright Flyer to a 787 Dreamliner, the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson celebrates aerospace education through the preservation and presentation of the history of flight. While in “The Old Pueblo,” be sure to stop by Mi Nidito and order “The President’s Plate,” named after the meal President Bill Clinton ordered during his 1999 visit.

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These are just a few places you can visit while enjoying your summer at ASU. Don’t forget, as the fifth-largest city in the U.S., there is always something to do right here in Phoenix (and on campus, too). This summer, the ISSC is here for you. In addition to ensuring your visa status is up to date, we’re also providing summer programming that you can participate in. We’re committed to helping international students explore what it means to be a global citizen and engage with others who share a global community mindset.