20 Reasons to Love Fall in Arizona
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Adios, Arizona summer. Fall starts on September 22, and brings with it a slew of fun things. In case you've forgotten what the Copper State has to offer, thanks to spending the last few months cooped up in air-conditioned bliss, here are a few of our favorite things to get you up and at 'em.
Driving North to See the Leaves Change
Craving more than just a hot season and a cold season? Lucky for us Valley dwellers, Northern Arizona and its full range of seasons are easily accessible. Spend a few hours driving and you'll be rewarded with scenery that gets prettier with each minute. Heading up that way is always a fun excursion, especially when the leaves are starting to change -- something of an anomaly to those of us living down here.
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In June, we listed night hiking as one of the best things about summer in Arizona. Those of you who aren't big fans of that night hiking business, fret not. The fall is the perfect time for morning, mid-day, and evening hikes. If you time it right, you can even hit the top of your peak for a famous Arizona sunset, then head back down before it gets dark.
The Arizona State Fair
The Arizona State Fair comes to town October 11 and runs until November 3. As one of the most family-friendly festivals in Arizona, the fair brings Native Spirit Dancers, petting zoos, circus acts, a demolition derby, and more. If you're a foodie, it's the place for you. If you're an art lover, it's the place for you. If you're a thrill-seeker -- well, you get the picture. There's something for everybody. Ticket prices may vary by day and option. For more information about event dates and times, visit the www.azstatefair.com.
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You know when you look outside during the summer, see the beautifully blue sky and a bright shining sun, and you think to yourself, "I think I'll spend some time outside today." Instead of stepping one foot across the threshold and immediately regretting your decision, soon you'll be able to enjoy the outdoors sans super-sweaty sadness. Look forward to walking, no, sitting -- nay -- simply being outside again.
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