Fall is the most wonderful time of the year in Arizona. The temperatures finally cool down from the unrelenting summertime, we come out of our desperate indoor hibernation and are ready to take on the world, once again.
Not only do temperatures become more attractive, fall represents the season where pumpkin spice everything is available, fall festivals are every other weekend, pumpkin picking is a noteworthy event, outdoor activities don't have a small window of time to partake in, and we can, of course, wear our fall clothes for a hot minute before busting the flip-flops back out.
The only thing better than doing fall is exploring all fall everything with your honey. So, we have compiled # romantic date ideas you can take your S/O on this fall. You're so welcome.
Watch the leaves change at Lockett Meadow in Flagstaff
Where: Off US Highway 89
What screams fall more than watching the leaves change? Lockett Meadow in Flagstaff in September and October is the perfect place to feel absolutely 100% fall, and you can bring your S/O with you to enjoy the view.
What to do: Grab your hiking gear and a picnic lunch, drive up to Flagstaff and head out to the Inner Basin Trail. From there you will be able to see the changing leaves of the golden Aspen for miles upon miles. After you've had your fall fill, head into town, have a drink and head home!
Get spicy on at the Arizona Taco Festival
Where: 7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
The only thing better than fall is fall with tacos. The only taco festival that exists in the United States is held right here in Scottsdale, Arizona at Talking Stick Salt River Fields. There are over 60 taco vendors shelling out $2 tacos for your tasting pleasure.
What to do: All you need to do is bring your honey, bring your appetite, and some cash to chow down on some of the greatest tacos in Arizona.
Get your thrills at the Arizona State Fair
Where: 1826 W. McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ
Come one, come all to the largest state fair where you can find deep fried everything, games, rides, live entertainment, and so much more. The fair runs from the beginning of October until the end, so make sure you get in your thrills before the park closes for the season.
What to do: Go early and get all day passes to play games, win prizes, and see live music when the sun goes down. Don't to forget to grab your deep-fried twinkie, deep- fried snickers, and deep-fried Oreos for good measure.
Head up north to experience the breathtaking Horseshoe Bend
Where: Page, Arizona
If you are looking for one of the most picturesque and romantic spots in Arizona, welcome to Horseshoe Bend. This area is a true slice of heaven, and it isn't hard to get to. Whether you go at sunrise or sunset, your breath will be truly taken away.
What to do: Grab your road trip supplies and head over to Horseshoe Bend. The hike is 3/4 of a mile, so make sure you bring the right shoes and lots of water. When you've finished, stop in for lunch or dinner in Page.
Hold your honey close at the horrifying 13th Floor Haunted House
Where: 2814 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053
What is fall without being scared out of your mind close to Halloween? Phoenix's 13th Floor is the most notorious and frightening fall spot for couples and friends who want to be rocked to their core with fright.
What to do: Dress up in your Halloween best and head through the haunted halls of the 13th Floor. Get dinner nearby afterward, you'll have LOTS to talk about.
Where: 7555 N. Pima Road Scottsdale
Barrels, bottles, and brews stands as one of the most popular spots for local brewers to come and display their best craft brew and for you to come to sample the product of their labor. All beers are exclusive to Arizona, you will find a wide range of old favorites and new releases.
What to do: Grab an Uber and head down to Salt River Fields. Either choose a flight to taste or enjoy your favorite beers while listening to live music or simply sitting out with your date on the lawns.
Double fist pizza slices at the Pizza Festival
Where: 1202 N. 3rd St Phoenix
When pizza and bae are life, the two combined can only mean one thing-- the best day ever. The Phoenix Pizza Festival showcases everyone's favorite food in a classic, wild, and super extra cheesy ways. Some of the best restaurants in the valley will be showcasing their saucy goodness, so don't miss out.
What to do: Buy tickets ahead of time (the festival runs November 17th) and take advantage of early bird perks. Participate in a taste test, grab one, or two, or three $2 slices and listen to the live music that will be playing all day long.
Feel the magic of Sedona, Arizona
Where: Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is a place where a date cannot go wrong. Take a long leisurely hike up, spend time downtown in the charming city, get a massage, or find a spa down on Oak Creek that will make you feel like you died and went to metaphysical paradise.
What to do: See just how compatible you and your honey really are with a tarot reading at The Center for the New Age, get lunch at Oaxaca, hike up to Devil's Bridge and hold your S/O close for the view.
It's beginning to look a lot like pumpkins at Schnepf Farms
Where: 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Schnepf Farms has everything you need to jump right back into the fall dating scene. From corn mazes to pumpkin picking, the annual chili dinner succotash and fireworks on the weekends, you will leave feeling totally fulfilled with your fall-ness and bring it the rest of the season.
What to do: Make sure you schedule your trip during the Chili Festival to taste some of the best homemade chilies in the valley. Take a hayride, pick some pumpkins, watch some fireworks, and do everything humanly possible to NOT steal one or more if the precious baby goats that live on the farm.
Where: 300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Mexican heritage is alive and well in Arizona, and what better way to celebrate than attending the annual Dia de Los Muertos Festival right here in Phoenix? The colors are bright, the music is loud, and the food is oh so good.
What to do: Paint sugar skulls, chow down on authentic Mexican food, make your own Dia de Los Muertos mask, and grab your s/o and take them for a spin on the dance floor.
Explore Antelope Canyon
Where: Page, Arizona
Another must-see fall date spot in Page, Arizona is Antelope Canyon. Weave in and out of this cavern with the light shining inside skylights and throughout the cavern where you can see some of the most amazing landscapes. You might just get the perfect shot for your newest Instagram photo.
What to do: Stay up in Page overnight, or pack a bag early and head up to the trailhead to explore the canyon. Inside the park, you will find hidden pathways with a picturesque moment under the painted walls of the bend.
Take your honey to Helton Brewery for a beer flight and bel.Sonique Guitar Showcase
Where: 2144 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
When music, beer, and guitars are your thing, you have everything to look forward to at Helton Brewery as they once again host bel.Sonique's 2nd annual Guitar Showcase. The event filters a portion of the proceeds to Alice Cooper's Solid Rock, a local, community-driven non-profit benefiting students, and teens who have a passion for music.
What to do: Grab a flight and taste the beer Helton brews on-site. Browse bel.Sonique's new vintage-inspired, hand-tooled guitars that are uniquely one of a kind. Enter some raffles for your sweetie and win awesome prizes. You can't lose here.
Get frosty at Polar Play Ice Bar
Where: 9500 East Vía de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
It might be hot in the desert, but it is oh so cool in the Polar Play Ice Bar. Nestled in the desert is the fun, chilly, and entertaining bar and restaurant where you can wear a fuzzy robe, play yard games, and have a fantastic time.
What to do: Grab a bite to eat at Postinos and head over to Polar Play Ice Bar with your date.
Spend the day in Downtown Flagstaff
Where: 120 N Beaver St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Flagstaff is the fall capital of Arizona, and it is one of the most magical places to experience with the people you love. From September to October, the leaves change and you can see fall happening right before your eyes. Now, where is my pumpkin spice latte?
What to do: Head up to Snowbowl and take the lift up to the top of the mountain, grab some lunch in the city, and spend the rest of the night downtown bar hopping.
Experience Mount Lemmon
Where: Tucson, Arizona
Looking for a peaceful nook to unwind and relax? Look no further than Mount Lemmon for a day of hiking, lakeside relaxing, possible yoga posing, and overall beauty that will bring you and your honey closer than ever. Mt Lemmon is the perfect place for a fall date when the trees turn, so get up there as soon as possible!
What to do: Bring your hiking shoes and water footwear, a paddleboard if you can or simply a blanket to lay down on the rocks and enjoy the company of your significant other! You don't need much in a place like this.
Have a romantic dinner at North Italia
Where: 15024 N Scottsdale Rd #160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
It is always a good idea to dine out, but it is especially true for couples who want good food in Arizona. North is a great choice for fall couples because of the local, seasonal menu they provide for guests.
What to do: Dress up in your weekend best, valet the car, and order three courses from the menu. Whatever you do, don't skip dessert! North has a hazelnut torta that is a little piece of Nutella cream, hazelnut toffee, salted caramel gelato heaven. You're welcome in advance.
Get wild at Roars and Pours
Where: 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Have you ever dreamed of staying in the zoo after the gates close? Well, welcome to your opportunity to live your dreams at Roar and Pour at the Phoenix Zoo. In October the zoo opens its gates to adults only after hours for appetizers, drinks, and long walks through the zoo.
What to do: Grab a beverage and move through the zoo on your own schedule. The great part about being at the zoo in the evening is the animals are alive, out, and ready to interact!
Swim, surf, and boat on Saguaro Lake
Where: 12000 N Bush Hwy
A lake? In the fall? Why, yes! This is Arizona after all. The temperatures never get so cold that Saguaro lake freezes. Just make sure you have a longer wetsuit to keep you warm.
What to do: The sky is the limit at the lake. If you want to get in the water you can rent boards and gear from the Saguaro Lake shop or simply take out a boat and enjoy the view. Have lunch at the marina and take a casual day off with your loved one.