It’s the first official day of fall – so I’m kicking it off with a post of what I love to do during fall in my home state of Arizona!
My boyfriend has asked me recently, why are girls so obsessed with fall? This A) made me laugh and B) think about why I love this time of year so much. It’s hard not to love the turn of the season in Arizona when the temperatures are usually above 100 degrees six months of the year. The crisp air allows for people to venture outdoors again without risk of a heat stroke – always a plus 🙂
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There are certain things I do every year to make it feel like the fall season, even when the temperatures here in AZ don’t reflect it.
My favorite ways to welcome in the fall season:
- Change my phone background to a seasonal picture (find 5 wallpapers for download at the end of this post!)
- Take a walk outside
- Find the fall colors
- Wear my favorite fall outfits – sweaters, scarves, cardigans + booties of course!
- Get a PSL – the first time I tried one of these, I hated it… but then I tried it with 1/2 the amount of syrup and it tasted so much better! If you find flavored coffee drinks too sickeningly sweet, I highly suggest trying them out with half the amount of syrup. I like the flavors and sweetness, but still want to taste the coffee!
- Make the house smell like fall
- See a football game
- Decorate for fall
- Venture to colder weather
- Bake something delicious
- Wear flannel way too often
Fall Time in AZ
Every year I try to travel to the northern part of Arizona a few times in order to get some relief from the heat and experience fall. The Phoenix area of AZ that I live in doesn’t really have many deciduous trees (breaking out some 2nd grade science words there 😉 ), so I don’t get to see the colors of the leaves changing for fall unless I go searching for it. My daily scenery looks pretty much like this:
When you’re used to seeing desert views like these every day, it’s nice to travel north and smell the forest air + see the fall colors! The city of Sedona is about 2 hours outside of the valley (the close knit groups of cities surrounding Phoenix where the majority of the population of AZ resides) and has gorgeous forests and is most famous for its beautiful red rocks.
This time of year the temperatures in Sedona are about 15 degrees cooler than the Phoenix area – I’ll take it! This is where locals flock to see the colors of the change of the season, which peaks around mid-October. It’s definitely a must-see, because you’ll miss the fall colors if you stay in the valley! The West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon is a personal favorite hike of mine – kid friendly too!
The red rock city has a very artsy vibe – full of hiking trails, farmer’s markets, energy vortexes (yep, you read that right), and wineries. My favorite winery is Page Springs Cellars. It’s located right next to a creek and has indoor/outdoor seating (plus awesome wine + food)! There are a few other wineries sprinkled in this area, making it really convenient to go winery hopping or even take a winery tour bus. The wineries are technically located in the city of Cornville, but it’s so close to Sedona that most people correlate the two together.
Sedona is the perfect getaway from Phoenix suburbia to get immersed in nature, relax, sip some wine, and maybe even get spiritual in one of the energy vortexes.
As you can see, fall time in AZ is a little different than most places. We don’t really start getting fall temperatures until around November in the Phoenix area, so it requires some traveling to find fall during the times that the rest of America typical experiences it (like right now)!
I have an extremely busy lifestyle and planning big trips isn’t always easy. When life gets busy and you still want to travel, I highly suggest finding ways to be a tourist right in your own home state!
This makes it super convenient to just take a day or weekend trip to relax, but still have time to tackle all of the items on your to-do list. If you need more help with managing your hours and finding time to do everything you want, check out my To-Do list method that helps me plan every week and keep the stress to a minimum!
Free Fall-Themed iPhone Wallpapers
To welcome in the fall season, I’ve made some free fall-themed iPhone wallpapers for you to download! These are available in my free downloads library, along with tons of other freebies. There are a total of 5 fall wallpapers up for download, all high quality perfect for retina displays!
Already have the password to the free download library? Awesome! Click over to download all of the free iPhone wallpapers 🙂
This post was in collaboration with 4 other beautiful ladies! Each of them wrote a fall-related post about a city in each of their home states. Check them out here:
What is your favorite thing about fall?