With the cooler temperatures of fall finally upon us, it’s time to get out and enjoy the best weather that the state of Arizona has to offer. We’ve scoured The Valley for some of the best spots to get the most out of the cooler temperatures November and December offer. Regardless if you like to spend your time outdoors on some of Phoenix’s finest hiking trails or dining on a patio with friends, we’ve got you covered. Here we present five of our favorite places to enjoy Arizona’s beautiful fall weather!
1. The Vig | McCormick Ranch
Most Arizona natives know The Vig by its long-standing location in the heart of Arcadia. The newer location in McCormick Ranch is a welcomed addition to the neighborhood. The Vig is known for its ‘New American’ menu and sleek décor, but the laid-back patio is what seals the deal for us. Pair the amazing atmosphere of their patio with great happy hour pricing and you get one of the best things to do in Arizona this fall!
2. O.H.S.O. Brewery | Arcadia
It’s hard to decide on what O.H.S.O. is better known for – their delicious microbrews or their dog-friendly, bicycle themed patio. Arcadia residents have an easy bike or walk along the Arizona Canal to the infamous and sometimes crowded bike racks at O.H.S.O.. A trip to O.S.H.O. is one of our most favorite things to do during Arizona fall months. O.H.S.O. also encourages their guests to bring their pups to their dog-friendly patio with water dishes and treats to help keep everyone satisfied.
3. Tom’s Thumb | North Scottsdale
A little bit of a “hike” just north of Scottsdale is the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead which is perfect for the outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy the fall weather in Arizona. This hike is just above average in difficulty with a 4 mile round trip jaunt through the scenic McDowell Mountains. Great views and typically less crowded than most urban hikes, this dog friendly walk has some of the best views of the Valley.
4. Olive & Ivy | Old Town Scottsdale
Olive & Ivy features great food, great drink in an unmatched ambience along the banks of the now developed area along the Arizona Canal. Located in the in the heart of Old Town, Olive & Ivy won’t disappoint when it comes to relaxing outside in the Phoenix fall weather. Olive & Ivy is a great place to take a date or some friends for a fine dining experience on a cool Arizona fall night.
5. Camelback Mountain | Paradise Valley
Camelback Mountain is by far the best urban hike in the valley. This hike varies in its degree of difficulty but is consistent in its breathtaking views of the Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Hiking Camelback Mountain is one of our favorite things to do during Arizona fall months. Parking may not be the easiest at the trailhead in Paradise Valley, but once you can acquire a spot you’ll be glad you did!
There’s definitely no shortage of ways to enjoy the fall in Phoenix and there are just a handful of our favorites. For more things to do and great places to eat be sure to go check out our specific neighborhood pages and learn more!