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Some Ideas for Arizona Romantic Getaways and Vacations in the U.S. Southwest

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Romantic Getaway in Old Scottsdale, AZHangin' Out Downtown in Old Scottsdale, AZ
By Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Feb 23, 2017

Wild West flavor, the rugged outdoors, romantic places to stay, and sunny skies all combine to make Arizona a terrific destination for romantic vacations and honeymoons in the Southwest USA.

And the night skies in Southern Arizona are some of the clearest in all of continental USA – perfect for romantic star gazing!

Best Time for Romantic Travel to Arizona - Arizona can get oppressively hot from June to August, so Autumn and Spring are excellent times to go. Northern Arizona & the Grand Canyon can be inaccessible during winter months (snow & ice) so plan accordingly.

Romantic Vacations in Phoenix & Scottsdale

The Valley of the Sun is not only a haven for Northern snowbirds escaping harsh winters, but it's a great destination for lovebirds on honeymoons and Arizona romantic getaways of all kinds. Here's a few ideas to help you have a romantic and memorable stay in this part of Southern AZ... 

5 Romantic Things to Do in Phoenix & Scottsdale

1. Visit Old Town Scottsdale - arts and crafts, souvenirs, restaurants and saloons are just a few of the attractions you'll find in this re-created piece of the Wild West. (4101 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ)

2. Book a Gondola Ride for 2 - at the Hyatt Regency Resort at Gainey Ranch, you can cruise around the resort's waterways while being serenaded by the gondolier on an authentic Italian boat. It's just $10 per person (2015 rates) and available in the evenings. (7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale AZ  480-444-1234) 

3. Take a Hike in the Desert - the Phoenix/Scottsdale area has numerous areas ideal for short walks through the cactus and desert foliage. The Piestewa Peak Recreation Area (2701 E. Squaw Peak Dr, Phoenix AZ) is one option, and if you're up to a shorter (mile or so) but steeper climb, the Summit Trail will reward you with very nice sunset views at the top.

4. Sample Some Wine at Su Vino Winery - a date night favorite in the Valley, with a good variety of wines to taste along with desert platters and pairings. (7035 East Main St, Scottsdale AZ  480-994-8466)

5. Enjoy a View with your Romantic Dinner - how about a nice dinner with drinks and scenic views of the Valley? A couple possibilities are the Alchemy Restaurant at CopperWynd Resort and Club (13225 N Eagle Ridge Dr, Fountain Hills AZ  480-333-1880) and the Different Pointe of View at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs (11111 North 7th St, Phoenix AZ  602-866-6350).

Phoenix Area Romantic Resorts & Hotels

Pool at the FireSky Resort in Scottsdale, AZPoolside at the Romantic FireSky Resort in Scottsdale, AZ

Arizona Romantic Getaways in Sedona

Red Rock State Park, ArizonaBrilliant Colors of Red Rock State Park Near Sedona, AZ

No mention of Arizona romantic getaways would be complete without Sedona. If you're sick of crowds, crave some solace, and don't mind spending a bit more to get it, this romantic destination in North-Central Arizona is for you. It's also become known as a real spa destination, and Red Rock State Park (just a 10 minute drive from town) with it's unforgettable sunsets gets our vote as one of the best places to propose in Arizona.

Romantic Things to Do in Sedona, AZ – Day in the West Tours (800-973-3662) feature cowboy tours, chuck wagon dinners, jeep rides and more that active couples will love. There’s trolley and stagecoach tours in downtown Sedona, plus shopping galore. For a thirst-quenching break, sample a local beer (and the great views of Sedona) at the Oak Creek Brewery (336 Rte 179, Sedona AZ). Later in the evening, you'll love romantic dining creek side at L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek with it's French-American specialties and Sunday Champagne brunch. (301 L'Auberge La, Sedona AZ  928-282-1661)

Romantic Places to Stay in Sedona

  • The Inn Above Oak Creek – romantic Creek side rooms at this quiet and relaxing Sedona Inn are honeymoon and anniversary-ready with gas fireplaces, Whirlpool tubs and private balconies. 2017 Rating* for Romantic Sedona AZ Hotels: 99% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (556 Hwy 179, Sedona AZ  928-282-7896)
  • Romantic Sedona AZ Cabins - for an affordable B&B getaway in Arizona, these cabins and luxury rentals come already to enjoy with a variety of amenities, including Whirlpool spa tubs, hammocks, private decks and wood-burning fireplaces. 

Tucson, AZ Romantic Getaways

Old TucsonCouple Exploring the Streets of Old Tucson, AZ.

Tucson is one of the most interesting Southern Arizona romantic getaways. You can feel the "Old Southwest" a lot closer to the surface here than other destinations in Arizona, and just a few miles out of town are horseback riding, wilderness hikes and one of the best re-created Wild West towns in the West. 

Romantic Things to Do in Tucson AZ: You can go star gazing at Kitt Peak National Observatory (call 520-318-8726 for reservations), explore the wild west at Old Tucson (201 S. Kinney Rd), or ride the Old Pueblo Trolley past the shops of historic 4th Avenue. At the romantic Café Poca Cosa restaurant in Tucson you can enjoy award-winning Southern Mexican cuisine and atmosphere. (110 E. Pennington, 520-622-6400)

Romantic Tucson Hotels

Embassy Suites Tucson Paloma VillageEmbassy Suites Tucson Paloma Village
Embassy Suites Tucson PoolPool at the Embassy Suites Tucson
  • Embassy Suites Tucson Paloma Village - we've stayed at several Embassy Suites before, but this newer low-rise "mini-resort" in Tucson's Northern hills is certainly tops. Our spacious corner suite came with separate living area and a nice large balcony, and both the cooked to order hot breakfast and evening reception with free drinks and snacks can make your romantic escape in Tucson a memorable and inexpensive one! What Other Couples Said: "Beautiful Setting"..."Hotel & Pool Clean, Quiet & Relaxing"..."Resort Vibe at a Motel Price!". 2017 Rating* for Romantic Tucson Hotels: 94% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (3110 East Skyline Dr, Tucson AZ  520-352-4000) 
  • Tucson, Arizona Romantic Hotel & Resort Deals - romantic stays at Tucson hotels for less, including the Westin La Paloma, Loews Ventana Canyon and Hilton Tucson East. 

Romantic Resort, Cabin & Ranch Stays in Arizona

Romantic Arizona Spa Resort:

  • Enchantment Resort And Spa, Sedona, AZ – this romantic Sedona resort hotel with spa is tucked away in Red Rock country and offers luxury Southwest-style accommodations, on-site fitness, tennis, hiking and all-inclusive packages. 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 826-4180

Romantic Places to Stay - Grand Canyon, AZ:

  • Grand Canyon Cabin Rentals – many of these romantic cabin rentals in North Central Arizona close to the Grand Canyon National Park offer relaxing luxury amenities like fireplace, Wi-Fi, private decks, hot tub and much more. Rates are affordable, and you can enjoy the seclusion while being close to hiking & biking trails, and scenic views.
  • Grand Canyon Ranch – this romantic ranch stay near Northern Arizona’s Grand Canyon is a great alternative to hotel accommodation, and they can arrange romantic Arizona tour packages and day trips perfect for your Grand Canyon honeymoon. 3750 E. Diamond Bar Ranch Rd, Meadview, AZ (800) 359-8727
  • Greer Lodge Arizona Romantic Resort & Cabins - honeymoon cabins at this romantic Arizona resort are equipped with whirlpool tubs, king beds, fireplace and free movies. Located in Eastern AZ. 44 Main St, Greer, AZ (928) 735-7216

Lake Havasu City, AZ Getaways

Romantic Getaway in Lake Havasu, ArizonaChecking Out London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, AZ
Suite at the Hampton Inn, Lake Havasu City AZ

Lake Havasu City is a worthwhile stop while vacationing in Southern Arizona. The lake here is home to all kinds of outdoor activities on and beside the water, and the city has some good dining spots as well. Make sure to include some time around the waterfront area underneath London Bridge, with it's shops and attractions. Good to Remember: Spring Break brings many people to Lake Havasu each year in March, so for a quiet getaway, choose another month (like February, which we did). 

  • Hampton Inn Lake Havasu CityWhat Other Couples Said: "Balcony Overlooking Lake Havasu"..."Nice Pool, Friendly Staff"..."Good Breakfast, Close to London Bridge". 2017 Rating* for Romantic Tucson Hotels: 72% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (245 London Bridge Rd, Lake Havasu City AZ  928-855-4071) 

More Getaways Near Arizona:

Las Vegas Romantic Vacation Ideas - discover Vegas beyond the casinos for couples, including the most romantic hotels and resorts on the Strip as well fun things to see and do.

Colorado Romantic Travel Ideas & Deals - great tips on getaways in Denver, Colorado Springs, the Rockies and more.

More Romantic Places in Arizona

Bisbee, AZ – a romantic destination in southeastern Arizona, Bisbee offers a step back in time with it’s narrow lanes, Victorian-style galleries and cafes, as well as the Brewery Gulch saloon.

Monument Valley - take a romantic Arizona road trip through this scenic piece of classic Southwest landscape between Arizona & Utah on US Route 163.

Romantic Arizona Train Trips:

  • The Verde Canyon Wilderness Train takes you on an unforgettable ride from Clarkdale to Perkinsville, AZ, in what has been called Arizona’s “other Grand Canyon”. (800-293-7245)
  • The Copper Spike Train Excursion departs from Globe, AZ for the 50 minute ride to the Apache Gold Casino. Romantic and historic coach seating as well as a unique 50’s-era dome car. (866-979-7245)

Grand Canyon, AZ - a top attraction for Arizona romantic getaways! Stops of interest for couples include the North Rim's Vista Encontada (nice picnic spot) and Lipan Point on the South Rim for it's great views and gorgeous sunsets.


*Based on TripAdvisor.com Ratings & Reviews from Couples as of Feb 2017.

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