We Found Things To Do In Arizona
Our fall trip to Arizona and Utah started with the big five Utah National Parks. We continued south and found so many things to do in Arizona. Our plans for Arizona included a mix of active adventures and pampering stops. And we found we loved Arizona in October so much more than we expected. Let us show you why!
A Few Local Sites In Page, Arizona
We started our visit to Arizona just over the border with a stay in Page. Even though we lost a full day with car troubles, we tried to make the most of our visit.
The Glen Canyon Dam was a big draw. We saw it close up. And then from the many viewpoints we found in Glen Canyon National Park.
When the dam was created, it formed the massive Lake Powell. We wished we had rented a houseboat to explore more of the lake. But we did have a blast at Antelope Point Marina when we rented a speedboat and travelled along the Navajo Canyon.
A visit to see the Horseshoe Bend provided some great exercise and an amazing view. This was certainly one of the iconic sites to visit from Page. But we were sorry we missed the chance to see Antelope Canyon on this visit. This sight had limited tour spots. Just one of the few experiences we missed because we didn’t book in advance.
Page was a great first stop. We started with a wonderful places to visit in Arizona.
The Power Of Nature In Sedona
We must admit that we were really not prepared for the beauty we found in Sedona. When we entered the Sedona Valley at sunset, the rocks shone all around us. We chased sunrises, sunsets and moon rises in Sedona. All with amazing rock structures highlighted. And we even found the most beautiful church built to blend perfectly with nature.
On our visit to Sedona, we really wanted to see the amazing sights from above. Weather and crowds defeated us when we tried to book a hot air balloon ride for sunrise. But we were delighted to take a helicopter tour with Guidance Air just before sunset. It was the perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of the rocks and canyons of Sedona.
We were delighted when we discovered wine regions around Sedona. Our trip to the Verde Valley for wine tasting was a great break. Stops at the DA Ranch, Javelina Leap and Chateau Tumbleweed offered interesting new varietals. And it led us to explore other wine regions around Tucson.
After our visit to Sedona, we understood why it was such a popular spot to visit. It was definitely one of the things to do in Arizona in October. Even if it was much busier than we expected it to be!
Many Views Of Scottsdale
We headed to Scottsdale after our active stops in Arizona. It was the Columbus Day long weekend, so we booked a relaxing stay at the boutique Hermosa Inn to hide from the crowds. We enjoyed this quiet oasis.
But we ventured out and enjoyed the views of nature around Scottsdale. Red rocks still dominated. Cactus and flower views brought new colours.
And a night excursion to Dobbins Lookout provided us with the most amazing night show. The sunset cast orange glows. Before the Hunter’s Moon rose over the mountains. And then Phoenix lit up and sparkled below us.
We enjoyed the many views of Scottsdale that we found. This was a spot that provided so many things to see and do in Arizona in October.
A Pampering Stop At The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Outside Of Tucson
Our visit to Arizona ended with a splurge. We booked 6 days for a pampering stop at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. This stunning desert resort was a great spot to relax. But Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain offered so much more to see and do.
We ventured into Tucson and explored the variety of cactus and mountain views we found at the Seguaro National Park. Mount Lemmon called to us in the distance. We could not resist the chance to drive the twisty mountain road. Amazing views greeted us at every stop.
When we went wine tasting in Sedona, we learned that most of the grapes came from the Willcox area of Arizona. So one day we headed in that direction. We enjoyed another view of the Arizona vineyards when we went wine tasting in Sonoita. Stops at Arizona Hops and Vines and Flying Leap Vineyards provided both wine and local spirit tastings.
Tucson gave us a great mix of the variety of things to do in Arizona.
We Found So Many Things To Do In Arizona In October
On our visit to Arizona in October, we found such a variety things to do and see. It was the perfect time to visit. Although it was a little busier than we expected.
We enjoyed many fun and adventurous things on our visit. There was an amazing variety of beautiful natural scenery. And we took time out to relax and be pampered. Could you ask for a better visit to Arizona?
We were so glad we extended our time on our fall trip to Utah and Arizona to see as much as we did. But we know we did not experience all of the things to do in Arizona in October. But it was a great tease for us to plan a return visit.
Did you find many things to do in Arizona in October? What should we do on our next fall visit?
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