Create memories that will last a lifetime with your significant other with these 6 memorable romantic things to do in Phoenix.
Phoenix is a fantastic place for couples to visit, as it is in the heart of the beautiful southwest United States. With the stunning scenery of the desert, and many attractions near this historic and famous area, Phoenix has really come to be known as an excellent destination for those wanting an adventurous, romantic getaway.
However, not all romantic things are created equal, and they can also depend on the couple. With all there is to see and do in this area, we have 6 things that will certainly be unforgettable, creating memories with your significant other that will last a lifetime. With that being said, here are the 6 most memorable, romantic things to do in Phoenix, Arizona.
1. Visit the Grand Canyon
It’s not too often that you are this close to one of the 8 wonders of the world. The historic Grand Canyon is a must-see and our ultimate recommendation if you are looking to do something memorable in the Phoenix area. With many different ways to explore and enjoy the beauty of the South Rim, there are options for all kinds of couples looking to enjoy this exciting destination. Whether you want to go up for a quick day trip, have a multi-day exploration while hiking the depths of the canyon, or enjoy the views from the top in an airplane, you can customize your experience to fit your needs and make the most out of this stunning location.
Here is a little bit about each option:
Grand Canyon Day-Trip
Though it is about a 4-hour drive from Phoenix, it allows you to drive through the historic Flagstaff, AZ on the way. This makes for a fun stop to explore the mountains and the natural beauty on your way to the Grand Canyon. Once you get there, you can take a shuttle to your desired viewpoint or starting point (if you are looking to hike down at all).
Our recommendation is to bring a lot of water, pack light, and dress for the weather. Depending on the time of year you go, it can get up to 110 degrees fahrenheit as you hike deeper down into the canyon. Make sure to plan ahead and choose hikes that will allow you to start heading back to Phoenix by sunset. Oh--and don’t forget to take lots of pictures!
Grand Canyon Multi-Day Exploration
This will require some planning, as options for lodging are limited as you hike down into the canyon. Explore the Colorado River and the rest the Grand Canyon has to offer as you camp with your significant other.
Grand Canyon Airplane Tour
If you want to see some stunning views from above, check out a guided airplane tour that will allow you to soak in a lot of what the Grand Canyon has to offer without having to do a grueling hike or intense planning beforehand!
2. Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Morning Ride
Another great, memorable option is the Phoenix Hot Air Balloon morning ride. If you have never been in a hot air balloon, or are looking for a romantic way to experience truly breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert from 5,000 feet in the air, you can’t go wrong with this incredible experience. There isn’t a better and more adventurous way to start your day, and a knowledgeable pilot will accompany you on the balloon to make sure you have a good time--one that you will surely not forget.
3. Lower Salt River Rafting
This rafting tour is a great thing to do for couples, especially if you want to include some adventure into your life. While you do have to expend energy to help row the raft, this tour is ideal for beginners and allows for as much sightseeing as it does swimming--so you can really soak in your surroundings while getting soaked yourself!
Not to mention, the stellar tour guides help steer the raft and get you to where you need to go, while providing incredible commentary as you encounter wildlife and other stops along the river. You are provided with snacks and bottled water as you progress throughout the trip, which will take up about 4 hours total of your time. It is fun, it is relaxing, and it makes for an easy yet exciting activity for couples wanting to do something truly memorable.
4. Phoenix Sightseeing Cruise
If you need a quick, easy way to experience beauty while being close with your significant other, the 90-minute Phoenix sightseeing cruise is certainly the way to go. On this cruise, you will board the Dolly Steamboat with an expert, knowledgeable captain that narrates the journey on the Saguaro Lake. You will be able to learn and love all at the same time, either outside on the deck or inside the air-conditioned cabin.
5. Sonoran desert
The Sonoran Desert, while a couple hours from Phoenix, is an optimal location for a romantic, scenic date. Inside this 100,000 square mile desert, you will quickly see the beautiful plants and wildlife that exist throughout this land. We recommend going later in the evening as the day cools down, or go at night to witness the stars light up the skies. The best way to navigate this desert is with a Jeep of some sort, as the terrain can be quite rough. Jeep tours are available if you want a more guided experience.
6. Apache Trail
The Apache trail is perhaps the most scenic drive in the Phoenix area. This 88-mile stretch of road provides breathtaking views of canyons, mountains, wildflowers, trees, lakes and more. While you take in the beautiful Phoenix horizon, there is plenty of opportunity to get to know your loved one better. And, make sure to take advantage of the many scenic stops along the way.
A particularly good view that we would recommend stopping at is Canyon Lake. Not only is there a grand view of the majestic Canyon Lake, there is also a restaurant, marina, store, and campground that you can enjoy while you’re there.
And there you have it--the 6 most memorable romantic things to do in Phoenix, Arizona! These 6 awesome activities will certainly provide an excellent environment to make memories that will stick with those you care about most. If you are looking for other travel tips as you continue the journey of life with your significant other, be sure to check out the rest that Couples Adventures has to offer.