We’ve finally made it through the summer! Do we dare say 100 degree days are behind us? Maybe we’ll whisper it just to be safe. As expected, as the weather cools in the desert it’s also cooling in the high country. This means color! Fall leaves will soon be decorating the mountainsides with an array of oranges, golds, reds and browns. Fall in the Arizona mountains is something you don’t want to miss! In this article by azcentral.com you will find detailed information on areas all over the state that offer amazing opportunities to witness this beautiful time of year. Keep in mind that depending on the region it could be early October to mid November before some of the leaves begin to turn. The US Forest Service has provided a website that will give you all the information on when certain regions come alive and how quickly you need to start planning your trip.
Hold on tight everyone! Believe it or not, we are almost at the end of another Phoenix summer! In about a month you should start to notice…dare I say…a slight dip in temperature. I know at this point it sounds too good to be true…but hang on…we are almost there!
While we wait, we’ve got another cool weekend getaway idea for you, two selections to choose from this time, both just a short distance away tucked within the Verde Valley. Whistles, water and wine anyone??
First stop, the Verde River. Sedona Adventure Tours offers a unique way to cool off by taking you on a Water to Wine guided float trip down the relaxing Verde River. Choose from two tours, the Classic and the Grand, both include a beginner friendly cruise down the river on inflatable kayaks. Soak up the sun and the amazing scenery from the water. Once you reach your destination you will enjoy award winning wines from some of the areas best wineries. Depending on which trip you choose, lunch and tours may be included. Visit their website at www.sedonaadventuretours.com for more information and reservations.
All aboard! All aboard the wine train that is! The Verde Canyon Railroad offers an unforgettable adventure through the Verde Valley and delights it’s guests with scenery you will never view from the road. Ride first class or in one of the open air viewing cars. Either way, there’s not a bad seat in the house! The railway has daily trips for the whole family; however, during the summer months they offer a special treat for adults – The Grape Train Escape. Take the same route through the valley only this time enjoy rolling wine tasting under the stars. The Saturday evening tours host a different region each time from Tuscany to Napa.
What better way to spend a Saturday night than under the stars with a glass of wine in your hands. This time you can do it in style on the railway. Unfortunately at the time of this posting we are nearing the end of this season’s tour. The next and last trip is September 9th. However, visit their website for information on other exciting events that they offer throughout the year.
If you’re looking to get out of town this holiday weekend but haven’t decided where to go yet, we’ve got a few of Arizona’s top destinations for you to set out and explore:
1. Grand Canyon National Park – whether you’ve seen it before or it’s still on your bucket list, every time you visit the Grand Canyon you are sure to see something new and memorable. It is always an amazing place to visit and once you’ve witnessed it’s glory it is clear to understand why it has been listed as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Whether you go for the day and gaze out over the rim, hike in and explore or raft the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon will never disappoint and will leave lasting memories for years and years to come. Visit Grand Canyon National Park for more information.
2. Sedona and the Verde Valley – Towering red rocks, eclectic towns and miles of vineyards. That’s right, you heard me…vineyards in Arizona! The Verde Valley is home to a variety of culture, picturesque views and outdoor adventures. From Sedona’s red rocks to Jerome‘s ghost town history you won’t have a dull moment exploring this part of Arizona. Conveniently located less than 2 hours from Phoenix this day trip worthy destination is sure to delight all walks of life. If you visit don’t forget to squeeze in a little wine tasting, AZ wines are mighty tasty!
3. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park – One of the most photographed areas in the world. Located inside the Navajo Nation this area spans the border of Arizona and Utah. Home to unforgettable sandstone towers that can reach up to 1,000 feet high and crimson colored mesas, this surreal landscape is mesmerizing. Located just 4 hours northeast of Flagstaff. See Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation‘s website for additional details.
4. Chiricahua National Monument – You don’t want to miss the natural beauty of this southern Arizona destination. Located just 2 hours from Bisbee, AZ is the “Wonderland of Rocks” known as one of the National Park Service’s secret treasures. This unique park offers endless views of astounding rock formations also known as “Hoodoos”. The area offers an 8 mile paved scenic drive and 17 miles of hiking trails. Also stop by the visitor’s center to learn more about the flora, fauna, and ancient history of this amazing part of the state.
5. Flagstaff – Escape the heat by visiting Flagstaff, AZ. Just 2 short hours north of Phoenix this mountainous destination is loaded with things to do for the whole family. Whether your interests lead you outdoors or into town, this modern day old west pioneer town has it all. Hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, dining, theater, arts, you name it…they’ve got it! Visit Flagstaff’s website for all of the details to plan your trip!
No matter what your plans are for this upcoming 3 day weekend we hope you have a safe and happy one!