The Grand Canyon State offers visitors and residents the opportunity to participate in a range of relaxing and exciting fall events. Besides taking a sojourn to see the spectacular Grand Canyon, Arizonans can pick and choose from amongst the following ten great things to do this autumn.
The beautiful fall colors of Arizona start appearing in mountainous elevations during mid-September. Bright crimson and yellow leaves in the high desert capture the imaginations of nature photographers and wanderers alike. Unsurprisingly, outdoor events are popular at this time of year.
Hike Endless Trails
Hike the picturesque desert landscape and witness firsthand the mesmerizing colors of the Arizona autumn. Canyon walls glisten with ribbons of brilliant color. Golden aspens are a visual treat in northern Arizona, as are the marmalade hues of the canyons in the southern parts of the state.
Hiking is far more pleasant in the fall, since the daytime temperatures at the start of October are cooler. In Tucson, for instance, autumn temperatures hover around a balmy 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall temps in Flagstaff are a comfortable 62 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hunt for Ghosts
Seekers of paranormal adventures can hunt for ghostly figures in Jerome. As a notorious ghost town, Jerome historically accommodated a mere 50 residents after its mines closed. Be equipped with flashlights and EMF readers during ghost tours and prepare for a fun scare in haunted regions.
Ride the Grand Canyon Railways
Families might consider buying a ticket for the Grand Canyon Railway. During the autumn months, the locomotive is known as the Pumpkin Patch Train. Guests ride into the countryside, where a brief stop gives children plenty of time to pick pumpkins in a hidden pumpkin patch.
Feast at Oktoberfest
Munich inspires downtown Flagstaff during Oktoberfest. Beer is the beverage of choice for adults at the festival, while root beer is appreciated by the kids. Aside from eating bratwurst and pretzels, visitors can dance to polka music, enter a brat eating contest, or join a stein holding competition.
Pick Pumpkins in a Pumpkin Patch
Southern Arizona is dotted with as many pumpkin patches as orchards. Hail a wagon and ride into a pumpkin patch. Families can buy pumpkins for 50 cents per pound. Zipline corn mazes, a pumpkin cannon and a petting zoo will keep the youngsters engaged all afternoon.
Explore a Haunted Corn Maze
Ghosts abound in the corn mazes in northern and eastern Arizona. Haunted corn mazes are a major attraction around Halloween. Ghosts and ghouls overrun the corn mazes every Saturday at the Willis Farm, where spooktacular afternoons of thrills and chills are almost guaranteed.
Browse a Farmer’s Market
For the faint of heart, farmers’ markets are held on Saturdays for leisurely browsing. Drop farm fresh produce, organic farm goods, and hand pies into the basket during the morning’s shopping event. Savor a snack from the food truck while giving the kids an opportunity to have their faces painted.
Soar the Skies in a Hot Air Balloon
Hiking is just one way to see the marvelous autumn colors bursting across the Arizona landscape. Take a hot air balloon ride and enjoy panoramic views of the Sonoran Desert at sunrise. Guests are presented with a flight certificate to commemorate their sky-high morning adventure.
Stomp Grapes at a Winery
Arizona is home to over 120 wineries and tasting rooms. Along with wine tasting, visitors to The Great Crush Festival have a unique chance to stomp grapes in a barrel. At September’s Arizona Hops and Vines festival, kids are entertained at the petting zoo and by sipping homemade sodas.
Add adventure to wine tasting by participating in a “Water to Wine” tour. A one-hour kayaking trip takes guests down the Verde River and up to the Alcantara Vineyards. Upon reaching the destination, guests receive a monetary credit to sample wines or buy a cheese platter.
Drink Beer on Ales on Rails
Nothing says farewell to summer like raising a pint glass and drinking an Arizona craft beer. Guests on Verde Canyon Railroad’s Ales on Rails bond while drinking ale and discussing the beverage’s unique hints and notes. The surrounding fall scenery only adds to the merriment of the train ride.
The Grand Canyon State is an idyllic place to view exquisite scenery, enjoy wholesome family activities, and take to the rails to glimpse majestic canyon colors. Some events have slightly different restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, Arizona is a state that can be enjoyed by all.
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