Beautiful sunrise shot of the city of Phoenix, AZ.

Nestled within the heart of a thriving and continually growing downtown area, the school taps the energy of nearby attractions, like casual and fine dining, concert venues, clubs and sports arenas, to offer a host of extracurricular activities for students to counteract the rigors of academic life.

In fact, Chase Field and the U.S. Airways Center — with their focus on national sports teams and headlining concert tours — are within short walking distance, as are intimate clubs and concert halls.

Because the city’s light rail has a stop a block away (eastbound) and across the street (westbound) from campus, students are also afforded the opportunity to travel easily to other areas of the city to explore.

Outdoor Adventure

Phoenix is unique among major cities in that it offers not only towering skyscrapers, but towering mountains as well. Within the city limits, students can hike Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, the Papago Buttes and South Mountain to unwind from days of debate, classroom work, papers and exams.

Additionally, the surrounding environs boast a range of other outdoor adventures, such as jeep tours, boating, mountain biking and more.

Perhaps the biggest draw for outdoor activities: the state leads the nation in sunny days, with more than 325 radiant days per year. What’s more, there are a number of different climates situated in the region — during the winter, students can snow ski in Flagstaff during the morning and work up a tan in Phoenix by afternoon.

Phoenix gets only 7.66 inches of rain per year and has an average high temperature of 85 degrees. The average low is 59 degrees, so temperatures cool quickly in the evening, particularly in the spring, fall and winter. Although temperatures spike in the summer, the low desert humidity makes for a favorable heat index when compared to cities in the Midwest, Southeast and other parts of the country.

Cultural Expansion

From celebrating the region’s Native American heritage to reveling in ethnic diversity, the Phoenix area is a region brimming with culture. For example, nearby Phoenix Art Museum offers a variety of traveling and permanent exhibitions, showcasing classical and contemporary art from a range of artists and ethnicities. This range is never more evident than during First Fridays, a community-based arts celebration spanning a number of city neighborhoods and featuring bands, gallery showings and vibrant street art.

In addition, the area is home to the Heard Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and a number of acclaimed theater groups, as well as the Phoenix Opera and the Phoenix Symphony.

Sporting Opportunities

Given its proximity to the Legends Entertainment District, which houses the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Summit Law School’s campus is a perfect place for the sports-minded student looking for a bit of R&R from 24/7 academia.

And, the region also hosts professional hockey with the Arizona Coyotes and bone-crunching action with the NFL Arizona Cardinals. Add countless golf courses to the mix, and sports lovers can enjoy sports year-round.