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  • Top 10 Things To Do This Fall In Arizona

    Published October 4th 2019 at 12:00am

    Fall has finally hit Arizona! The transition between summer and winter is the most loved season for all Arizonians. Let's welcome the cooler nights and get excited about all the upcoming events headed our way. Below are new and fun activities to do in the fall.

    1. Scottsdale Taco Festival

    Attend the original Arizona taco festival held in Scottsdale on October 12th and 13th. The festival starts at 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Who doesn't love a great taco and couple of tequila drinks for lunch? Stop by My Nana's Best Tasting Hot Sauce Tent , dance to live music, explore the Tequila Expo , and watch masked wrestlers entertain the crowd with their solid moves. This is a cashless event, so all food and beverages must be purchased with a credit or debit card. General admission for Saturday and Sunday are $15. You can even buy weekend passes for $25 and save $10! Grab your tickets here .

    2. Feast Your Eyes on the White Mountains 

    Early October is the best time to discover the beauty of fall in eastern Arizona. The White Mountains provide gorgeous fall foliage to admire. If you enjoy hiking, take a trip to the White Mountains and explore the  trail system . Located in the Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside area, there are more than 200 miles of trails. This trail system has been carefully designed and is for non-motor users. You will likely come across horseback riders, mountain bikers and other fellow hikers. 

    3. Pixel Yourself at the Arizona State Fair

    Enjoy rides, music and fresh foods at the  Arizona State Fair , located in Phoenix. The fair runs October 4th - October 27th (Weds-Sun) at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Since 1905, the fair has gathered thousands of people to enjoy the richness and diversity that Arizona has to offer. Don't miss the full  concert line-up  and jam out to some of the best-known names in entertainment. Get your tickets  here  and plan your visit! 

    4. Celebrate Helldorado Days 

    Helldorado days  are held in Tombstone every third Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October. The celebration consists of gun re-enactment shows, endless street entertainment, fashion shows and much more. Explore the original silver mine held right under the streets of Tombstone, immerse yourself in the variety of museums and take a ride on a stagecoach.  Book your stay  and get ready to explore our historic district. 

    5. Take an Apache Trail Tour 

    The  Apache Trail Tours  is based in the Goldfinch Ghost Town, only 4 miles NE of Apache Junction, AZ. Directions from Phoenix and Tucson are located  online . You can book the 2 hour Quarter Trail Tour or the 4 hour Half Trail Tour. Each will cover the historic road and all the beautiful scenery Arizona has to offer. You will see steep mountainsides, rock outcroppings and geological formations that are only in Arizona. If you're interested, book  here  to schedule the Quarter Trail Tour. If you want to book the Half Trail Tour, please call the office at 480-982-7661 to reserve.  

    6. Visit a Petrified Forest

    The  Petrified Forest National Park  is nestled in the northeastern part of Arizona and is home to numerous fossils dating back millions of years. See the petrified trees, geological deposits and desert shrubs ablaze in red and gold colors! You can hike off the beaten path and explore the  Billings Gap Overlook , go camping, hiking or visit the historic  Agate House . The fall operating dates are September 31st to December 31st, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

    7. Wine Tasting in Sonoita 

    Sonoita  is a grape-growing region designated by the U.S Government and is similar to an appellation of origin to other countries. From Tucson, Sonoita is located about 40 miles away. The region is surrounded by rolling grass hills where tasting rooms and vineyards continue to grow. Take a wine tour and explore  Arizona Hops and Vines Dos Cabezas , or  Wilhelm Family Vineyards .  

    8. Ales on Rails 

    If you want to enjoy a craft beer surrounded by the Verde Canyon, then come visit  Ales on Rails . Come to the Verde Canyon Railroad's increasingly popular daily festival from September 17th to October 31st. Head over to the depot patio at 11:00 am and be ready for the train's departure at 1:00 pm. Discover a grand selection of craft beers that can only be found in Arizona. Hot pretzels, gooey cheeses, and potato salad will also be served. Find the railway at Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale, AZ.  Tickets  for a first-class train ride, lunch on the patio, logo beer glass and 5 beer tastings, are $110. Tickets for a first-class train ride, 5 beer tastings, and a logo beer glass are $99. 

    9. Hike in Red Rock Country 

    Travelers often take time to visit Arizona's second-biggest tourist attraction,  Oak Creek Canyon . Located between Flagstaff and Sedona, it is often described as the little cousin of the Grand Canyon. Explore 5 different hiking trails, go camping, fishing or schedule a visit with a tour guide. Make sure to stop at the  Oak Creek Canyon Vista  where you get a bird's eye of view of what awaits you in the canyon below. There are a  variety of lodgings  to make your stay more comfortable. 

    10. Superior Burro Run  

    A burro run is a team event being comprised of a runner and a burro. Attend the event as a spectator or join the race! Burros began as beasts of burden but eventually became loved by residents. The  Superior Burro Run  begins October 12th at 9:00 am - 7:00 pm. The event will take place on the main street in Superior, AZ. There are 2 courses, a competitive (approx. 12 mi.) and introductory course (approx. 6 mi.) Each course provides a mixture of paved roadways and trails. Look over the schedule and sign up  here .

    There is an endless amount of history, culture, and beauty to discover in Arizona. Whether you are looking to start your own business or move here, we've got you covered.  Reach out  to us for more information on events surrounding Arizona today! 


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