If you find yourself in Arizona during the summer, then you will want to stick to the air conditioning or the pool. But as fall rolls around, you can explore this beautiful state in wonderful weather. Many people see Arizona as a barren desert, but no perception could be further from the truth, as the deserts surrounding Tucson and Phoenix are vibrant and beautiful, and northern Arizona is home to a forest as lush as you will find anywhere. Here are some of the things to love most about fall in Arizona.
The streets of Phoenix and Tucson come to life during the fall, as the long-suffered heat of summer finally begins to yield to the perfect temperatures of fall and winter in the desert. It marks a time when people cease to hide away in their houses all day and take advantage of the endless fun and beauty that awaits throughout Arizona.
Brilliant Fall Colors
While the changing leaves are largely absent from the fall in Phoenix and Tucson, you can see amazing displays of autumn colors in northern Arizona, specifically in Flagstaff. There are plenty of great places to take in this autumn brilliance between scenic drives and the foothills overlooking the town, but perhaps the best way to experience the colors of fall in a new way is by taking a ride on Arizona Snowbowl’s chairlift. This gentle ride raises you 11,500 feet above golden aspen trees as far as the eye can see.
Between Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff, Arizona offers some of the most diverse and beautiful hiking opportunities that you will find anywhere in the world. For an extremely popular hike right in the middle of Phoenix, try your hand at Camelback Mountain. For a hike tucked away in Arizona’s picturesque desert, try Sabino Canyon in Tucson. If you want to take a hike in forest as lush as you have ever seen, try West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon, just a few miles to the south of Flagstaff.
Take a Train Ride
Arizona is home to countless miles of quintessential train track, and there are plenty of ways to take advantage during this beautiful time of year. Ales on Rails is an event occurring every Thursday through Sunday of October in which visitors enjoy an Octoberfest celebration of beer, brats, pretzels and much more, all while traveling some of the most beautiful Arizona landscape by train. There is also the Pumpkin Patch Train, which is the perfect fall event for the whole family on Grand Canyon Railways.
The State Fair
Okay, you can find a fair in just about every state, but few states take it as seriously as Arizona. There are countless tents, attractions, games, and classic fair foods, but the real selling point of the fair is the wonderful fall weather that it takes place in. There are few things that beat a cool desert night like the ones that you will find at this year’s State Fair in Phoenix.
One of the best things about Arizona is it offers a wide variety of landscapes, weather, and activities. Because of this, there is something for everyone on an Arizona vacation, especially during this beautiful time of the year.