Phoenix has long been noted as a popular snowbird destination. Its mild winter weather, and multitude of recreation and cultural opportunities attract all types, from all over. But, did you know that autumn is an incredible time to visit? With so much to experience, and ideal weather to do it all in, it’s obvious why visitors can’t get enough of fall in Phoenix.
The oppressive heat of the summer is starting to fade by the time fall arrives. The daytime temperatures are perfect for enjoying a number of outdoor recreational activities. Sun worshipers will appreciate that the days are still pleasantly warm enough for sunbathing. As night falls, so do the temperatures, but it is still usually pleasant enough to enjoy outdoor dining and activities.
The mild days make outdoor activities particularly enjoyable throughout the fall months. The cooler days make it a perfect time to hike Camelback Mountain or hike, bike or drive to the vistas at South Mountain Park and preserve. Not up for a strenuous hike? Not a problem! You can enjoy the bounty of the Desert Botanical Garden or learn about the history of the area at the Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park.
Cultural and Sporting Events
Fall brings with it a host of events. October is a month of festivals in the greater Phoenix area. The Arizona State Fair sets up residence at the Veterans Coliseum. Oktoberfest, the Greek Festival, weekend ‘Ales on Rails’ train trips, and the Rainbow Festival round out the offerings to ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy. November brings a few different arts festivals, including ArtFest of Scottsdale and the Fountain Hills Festival of Arts & Crafts. Looking for something more fast-paced? You won’t want to miss the NASCAR can-am 500. With four major professional sports teams, there’s almost always an opportunity to catch a game. As fall winds down, Phoenix heralds the transition to the holiday season with ZooLights, which begins at the end of November. This illuminated wonderland is a treat for the whole family.
Phoenix offers stellar shopping and dining opportunities year round; for fall visitors, September’s Restaurant Week is not to be missed. Browse for souveniers in Old Town Scottsdale or visit the Phoenix Art Museum. Shop the many boutiques housed in downtown’s Cityscape, or head to the Public Market for local, farm-fresh goods each weekend.
Autumn in Phoenix is a special, fun-filled time of year. With fantastic weather, loads of recreational, dining, sports, cultural and entertainment options for any interest and budget, Phoenix can’t be beat. Why not visit this fall?