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Southern Arizona’s Santa Catalina mountain range. More than 200 species of birds make their homes on Mount Lemmon along with bears, mountain lions, bobcats and deer.

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Summer’s almost here. This month we asked Kristian Seemeyer to check out some cool getaways around our state. What she came up with is a fabulous list of 10 cool and not necessarily well-known spots to cool off as the temps rise. They’re cooler than the Valley, awash in beauty and have plenty of history. They’re interesting, visual knockouts and they reek of the past — in a good way!