Stunning scenery, warm weather, and beautiful bodies of water provide a perfect backdrop for a romantic experience in Arizona. Spending time with your special someone exploring the paintbox deserts, the romantic vineyards, and the adventurous rivers of the American Southwest is a great way to recharge.
If you are looking for inspiration, check out our list of fun things to do in Arizona for couples.
1) Grand Canyon Romantic Getaway
Take a ride into the canyon on the historic Grand Canyon Railway for the ultimate romantic trip.
On board the train, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the canyon. The journey starts in Williams, AZ, and heads toward the South Rim of the canyon. You’ll have three hours to explore before boarding the train again and heading back to Williams.
Continue your romantic getaway by spending a night or two at a hotel inside the park or at the romantic hotel Grand Canyon Railway in Williams.
2) Hot Air Balloon Ride
A hot air balloon flight is one of those romantic things that tops many couples’ wish lists, and Arizona has a lot of options to enjoy.
At Lake Havasu City, you can enjoy a balloon flight over the massive lake from late October through May. You’ll see impressive views of the lake and the colorful Lake Havasu City.
In the Phoenix area, a hot air balloon ride takes guests over the Sonoran desert from mid-October through March. In spring, from February through March, you’ll see the desert come alive with blooming desert wildflowers.
3) Colorado River Water Sports
Spend time together on an adventure on the Colorado River. Sharing an active adventure is a great bonding experience and one of the romantic things that create long-lasting memories.
Take an exciting white raftering trip on the river. Guided river trips take groups through white water rapids rated as class three and higher, with stops to enjoy waterfalls and hidden canyons.
For a more relaxed outdoor adventure, take a kayak or paddle board trip around Arizona’s famous Horseshoe Bend. This colorful rock formation is in Marble Canyon, near Lee’s Ferry, and rewards couples with stunning canyon views of towering cliffs. For romantic things to do outdoors, the natural wonder of Horseshoe Bend is a definite winner.
4) Arizona Wine Country
Arizona is producing some amazing wines, and touring the wine country is definitely one of the most romantic things a couple can do on a day trip from Phoenix.
Drive through the beautiful vineyards and stop at a tasting room or two and taste the fruit of their labors. Even better, take a guided wine tour and let someone else do the driving!
Stop for dinner at one of the romantic spots in the Phoenix area. If you are planning ahead, check out the winery event calendar to see if you can attend a winemaker’s dinner with wine pairings. You’ll have a romantic dinner with several courses, including wines specially chosen by the winemaker to complement the food.
5) Japanese Friendship Garden
Take a romantic walk through the Japanese Friendship Garden, a refreshing retreat in the heart of Phoenix.
Phoenix’s beautiful Japanese garden is designed as a joint effort with their sister city Himeji, Japan. The garden is 3.5 acres with over 50 varieties of plants.
Take a romantic stroll along the stone footbridges and enjoy the Japanese lanterns and flowing streams. There is a Koi fish pond with over 300 colorful Koi fish and a 12-foot tall waterfall. With advance reservations, you can also enjoy an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in the Musoan Tea House.
6) Horseback Riding In The Sonoran Desert
Take a romantic ride through the incredible desert scenery around Phoenix.
There are more than 15 riding stables within one hour of the greater Phoenix area. Explore the desert of the old Southwest by horseback and imagine a simpler life when horseback riding was the only transportation.
In spring, you will see the desert come alive with one of the most romantic things you can see in the area, the delicate desert wildflowers. On a trail ride, you can watch for wildlife like mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, rattlesnakes, and roadrunners.
7) Explore Lake Havasu
Lake Havasu offers plenty of romantic things to do for a couple. Walk along the historic London Bridge, relax on one of the beautiful beaches, and spend time on the water.
Spend quality time together exploring the lake on a small watercraft that is perfect for two people. On a Rubba Duck Safari guided tour, you’ll be the captain of your own watercraft.
Our small group tours are led by an experienced local guide who knows the best places to explore. Your guide will provide commentary and offer support if you need it. There will be stops along the way to enjoy the view.
On a Rubba Duck Safari, we provide:
Your own Rubba Duck watercraft
A safari guide in their own Rubba Duck watercraft
Non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy along the way
If you are ready for a day of fun on the water, book your next Rubba Duck Safari now! We look forward to providing you with a memorable adventure on Lake Havasu!