In Arizona, stunning natural beauty can be found everywhere you look; from red mountain peaks to vast canyons and desert landscapes. Opportunities for romance are about as endless as the view from the Grand Canyon, making it an ideal spot for a weekend trip with your loved one. There are so many amazing places worth visiting, so we’ve compiled this list of the top romantic getaways in Arizona for a truly unforgettable couples break.
When planning your special Arizona weekend escape, consider booking a rental property as your accommodation. Rentals offer total privacy and an intimate experience for you and your partner to enjoy. They also include convenient amenities like a full kitchen, laundry, and outdoor spaces to enjoy the warm desert sun. Each of these romantic Arizona destinations has several vacation rentals available to book, giving you an array of choices for your perfect home away from home.
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From the Valley of the Sun to the Grand Canyon, read on for 15 of the best romantic weekend getaways in Arizona!
It isn’t hard to find romance while taking in Scottsdale’s natural beauty and unique vibes. One of the most exciting ways to enjoy the desert landscape is by ATV. On a trip out with Arizona Outdoor Fun, you and your significant other can take the wheel as a friendly guide leads you to some of the most beautiful spots in the area. If a couples massage sounds like an afternoon well spent, you’re in good hands. Scottsdale is home to several incredible spas including highly-rated spots like Spa Avania and the Spa at Camelback Inn. For a nightcap, enjoy each other’s company on a Party Bike Pub Crawl of Old Town for a memorable way to see the city while trying out some of Scottsdale’s best local bars.
Consider Sedona for your romantic getaway in Arizona for its breathtaking scenery and vibrant culture. On a Scenic Sedona Tour, you’ll visit Sedona’s most beautiful sites like Oak Creek Canyon, Bell Rock, and Airport Mesa, while learning their spiritual significance from a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Drive through canyons, vast desert bluffs, and pine forests on a guided ATV Tour of West Sedona. Sedona is a great place to get in touch with your spiritual side, and a visit to Sedona Soul Spa will set you and your loved one on a path towards serenity. Stay peacefully in one of Sedona’s many charming rental properties during your weekend escape.
Surrounded by towering mountains, Tucson is a gorgeous desert oasis full of culture and history, making it a great addition to our list of romantic Arizona destinations. Hike, bike, or stroll through Sabino Canyon in the middle of the Catalina Mountain Range. For the ultimate romantic outing, step aboard a hot air balloon with Tucson Balloon Rides and float above the stunning desert, with endless sky on the horizon as the sun comes up. It’s easy to get caught up in nature during your visit to Tucson, but don’t forget to explore downtown. Try a Historic Bike Tour for a fun way to see the sights and learn a little history. Tons of great homes are available for rent in Tucson, so as you plan your weekend consider renting for the ease and comfort of having a home all to yourself.
Tucked among the Mule Mountain Range, the historic mining town of Bisbee is full of charm and culture. Visit Erie Street for a walk back in time; this fantasy-like street is lined with colorful old-fashioned cars and shops. With Queen Mine Tours, you’ll climb aboard a mine train and explore the depths of Bisbee’s famous Queen Mine. Head over to Old Bisbee Brewing Company on Bisbee’s Brewery Row to relax and have a beer with your better half. What better way to end your perfect day in Bisbee?
In Lake Havasu City, you can stroll across the iconic London Bridge holding hands with your loved one. The bridge was relocated here in 1967 from its former home in England. Visit Rotary Park for its sandy lakeshore beaches, walking trails (one trail goes right under the bridge), and stunning views. Step aboard a Sunset Charter Tour where you’ll sip champagne and see the city from the water as the sun goes down, painting the sky with brilliant shades of orange and yellow. Lake Havasu City makes for a memorable weekend getaway in Arizona—with dozens of homes available for rent and many including awesome amenities like swimming pools and outdoor patios for your enjoyment.
From five-star restaurants to world-class shopping, Paradise Valley knows about the finer things in life. Whether you’re a pro, brand new to the game, or somewhere in between, Camelback Golf Club has a beautiful course for you and your significant other to enjoy. For a day of romance and relaxation, head to the renowned Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort for a few treatments. At Scottsdale Fashion Square, located minutes from Paradise Valley, you’ll find some of Arizona’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations. Book one of Paradise Valley’s beautiful rental properties for a romantic weekend stay in a cozy, laid-back town.
Prescott is home to the famous Whiskey Row, a city block lined with historic southern bars and saloons seemingly plucked out of your favorite Western film. This charming city is bordered by Watson Lake, a gorgeous area for a stroll or swim that is home to several nearby restaurants with spectacular views. See the historic buildings of Prescott’s Downtown Historic Area, where the cowboys and outlaws of tall tales once lived (it remains to be seen whether Prescott was big enough for the both of them).
A weekend getaway to Cave Creek is perfect for couples looking to truly escape from the hustle and bustle of regular life. This tiny town outside of Phoenix is filled with natural beauty. Immerse yourself in that beauty on a hike or bike of the trails at Spur Cross Ranch or Cave Creek Regional Park. Saddle up with Cave Creek Trail Rides for a gentle horseback ride through the desert with your loved one, and see what romance in Arizona is all about.
Flagstaff is a desert oasis surrounded by pine forests and the stunning peaks of the San Francisco Peaks. The Coconino National Forest is a beautiful place for a hike or picnic—or a guided, off-road Jeep ride if you’re feeling more adventurous. Flagstaff isn’t far from the Grand Canyon, and there are several ways to get there. Angel’s Gate Tours will take you to the Canyon, stopping at viewpoints like Yavapai Point and Lipan Point along the way. On the Ultimate Grand Canyon Day Trip, you’ll stop at ancient ruins, lava fields, and volcanoes surrounding the epic natural wonder. Consider spending your weekend in one of Flagstaff’s available rental properties, ranging from quaint cabins to luxurious estates.
Williams is known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon because of the aptly named Grand Canyon Railway. During your visit to Williams, you and your significant other can ride this historic train to the Canyon, a scenic 65-mile trip. Back in town, drive through the Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park to spot black bears, bison, wolves, and more. A great way to wrap up your epic day in Williams is with an ice-cold home-brewed beer at Grand Canyon Brewing Company, before heading home to your ranch or downtown cottage.
Mogollon Rim, a 2,000-foot-high escarpment spanning from central Arizona to New Mexico, cuts right through Payson. The sheer beauty of this natural wonder earns Payson a spot on our list of romantic getaways in Arizona. Speaking of rock formations, Payson is also home to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. There, you’ll find the world’s largest travertine bridge, an enormous and beautiful bridge of rock formed over millions of years of erosion. Continue enjoying the scenery while horseback riding at Kohls Ranch, a peaceful spot for a memorable day with your loved one.
Strawberry and Pine are neighboring towns so close to each other we decided to include them both in our roundup of best romantic getaways in Arizona. Fossil Springs is a can’t miss attraction during your visit. You’ll hike to the springs, passing by flowing waterfalls and lush greenery as you go. Try out the unique wines made at Trident Winery, a rustic outdoor spot among pine trees and occasional passing wildlife. The Pine Creek Lavender Farm is another beautiful place to visit during your stay, and it doesn’t hurt that ever-present lavender scent is highly romantic!
Spend a sunny day on the golf course in Oro Valley at The Views Golf Club, a gorgeous desert-inspired course with great views of the surrounding mountains and trees. Adventure seekers can experience the desert with Arizona ATV Adventure, where you’ll drive your own ATV as a friendly guide leads you to beautiful spots like a box canyon. End the evening with dinner and a show at the historic Gaslight Music Hall in downtown Oro Valley. For a more intimate and romantic stay, consider booking one of Oro Valley’s rental properties which include modern condos and renovated casitas.
Cottonwood is a romantic weekend escape that adds something special for wine loving couples. Visit Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Tasting Room, Pillsbury Wine Company North, or one of many other wineries nearby to try their delicious reds, whites and rosės. You can take a tour of gorgeous Alcantara Vineyards and Winery and pack a picnic to enjoy outside as you sip on one of their 12 unique wines. Stroll through Historic Old Town Cottonwood to see Southwestern architecture, saloons, restaurants and shops. For a truly romantic stay, consider renting a home or cabin in Cottonwood to enjoy total privacy and comfort.
Jerome, nicknamed the Wickedest Town in the West, is an old mining town that offers plenty of fascinating history during your weekend getaway. Take a Historic Shuttle Tour for a broader look at Jerome’s history, or narrow in on the town’s four mines on a Mining Days in Jerome tour. Get a thrill while hearing tales of ghosts that have lingered in Jerome since mining times on a Haunted History Ghost Walk. Visit Jerome State Historic Park and pop in to the James S. Douglas mansion, built in 1916 on a hill with stunning views. The sprawling mansion is now a museum dedicated to the town’s history. Several beautiful homes are available to rent to make your romantic weekend in Jerome even more special.