We love Arizona! It is so unique and filled with dramatic landscapes. It may be called the Grand Canyon State but did you know that Arizona has exactly 17 National Parks and Monuments? While we haven’t visited them all they certainly are on the bucket list.
Arizona’s desert landscape is beautiful and offers plenty of solitude and developers have taken advantage of the natural beauty to build luxurious resorts and spas.
As a result, the Grand Canyon State has plenty of romance opportunities and should be high on your list of babymoon destinations. Here are some of our favorite cities for babymooners in Arizona.
Sedona, located 2 hrs from Phoenix, is beautiful and enchanting because of the dramatic red rock landscape. This is our top favorite babymoon destination in Arizona.
We suggest renting a car from Phoenix Airport and taking the lovely drive out to Sedona. The city has many beautiful resorts for a romantic babymoon and spas that will pamper you with prenatal couples massages. We suggest spending a day relaxing at the resort pools and shopping for yourself and the baby.
Activities in Sedona include hikes in the red rock country and driving along the Red Rock Scenic Byway. You can also take Jeep tours to view the area. Sedona is a paradise for nature and outdoor enthusiasts.
For those who want to be close to airports and hospitals for their low-stress babymoon, Scottsdale is the perfect destination. This suburb of Phoenix is located just half an hour away from the city and is home to luxury hotels, golf courses, and a variety of urban attractions. We love shopping in Scottsdale, however, its biggest attraction is the great architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home of Taliesin West and Soleri’s Cosanti Foundation as well as Scottsdale’s many art galleries. Scottsdale is a must babymoon getaway in Arizona for art and architecture lovers.
Also Read: Scottsdale Babymoon Travel Guide
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Scottsdale
If you are an adventurous couple and pregnancy hasn’t stopped you from doing what you love, then Page is the perfect Arizona babymoon destination for you. Page is a perfect base for a variety of attractions including Horseshoe Bend, Lower and Upper Antelope Canyon, and Lake Powell. Horseshoe Bend can be easily visited by most pregnant women since it consists of a short mile-long hike to the viewpoint. Antelope Canyons need some walking but can be easily seen by booking a tour well in advance. Lake Powell is perfect for water sports enthusiasts. You can also take a half day long boat ride to the Rainbow Bridge National Monument to see the world’s largest natural bridge.
Grand Canyon National Park is one of the natural wonders of the world and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also amongst the Big 3 US National Parks along with Yosemite and Yellowstone. The Grand Canyon is truly immense and very beautiful and makes a great babymoon destination. If you are worried about taking the road trip from Phoenix, then let me assure you – I road tripped in Jordan on my babymoon travels and even visited the Great Wall of China without experiencing any discomfort. You can even hike easy trails in Grand Canyon National Park, take the train ride, and drive the Rim Road – all very stress-free activities!
Majestic Grand Canyon
Phoenix doesn’t top our list of Arizona babymoon destinations merely because there are so many other beautiful places close by. In reality, Phoenix makes a great low key babymoon destination. We suggest staying at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel if you can – the property was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is stunning. It also has luxurious rooms and friendly staff that will take care of your every need and truly pamper you. Phoenix is also a great city for shopping, fine dining, and exploring.
Flagstaff is a charming little town but we have put it way down on our list for one reason – high altitude! Flagstaff is located at a much higher altitude (~7,000 feet) compared to all the other towns on our list. As a result, the air is thin here and can cause breathing difficulties for some people; we suggest consulting your doctor before planning your babymoon in Flagstaff. If you do come here, the rewards are plentiful! Flagstaff is located on the original Route 66 and has lots of Mother Road history. We love the historic Downtown – there’s a great self-guided walk from the Visitor Center which covers most of the important attractions. We also recommend visiting Lowell Observatory for stargazing. Outdoor attractions apart from the Grand Canyon include Walnut Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and Wupatki National Monument.
Inside a cafe on Route 66 in Flagstaff
With a name like Carefree, this small town offers an ideal relaxing babymoon in Arizona. Located a short drive north of Phoenix, Carefree has fresh air, unique bald boulder landscapes, and luxury spas. The Desert Garden Park located in the town is must-see for its variety of cacti and a huge sundial. The nearby Frontier Town is an authentic Wild West town with saloons, cowboy cookouts, hayrides, boots and horses, and Western-themed stores and art galleries. It is perfect for walking and exploring on foot. You can round off your stay by hiking and biking in the desert. We recommend staying at the Boulders Resort Spa for a luxurious pregnancy getaway.
Tucson, along with Phoenix and Scottsdale, completes the trio of urban babymoon destinations in Arizona. The city is famous for its luxury resorts, beautiful architecture, and culinary heritage. Tucson was declared a World City of Gastronomy due to its distinctive cuisine and history of agriculture. You can share a slice of the history in Tucson’s many farmer’s markets, food festivals, and famous restaurants. We suggest tasting the Sonoran Hot Dog with toppings of jalapeno, beans, and salsa. The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson is an open-air museum focused on the desert environment. Tucson also has many buildings with beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. Another must-visit attraction is the Saguaro National Park with its towering Saguaro cacti.
Saguaro National Park, Tucson
LAKE HAVASU CITY
Did you know that you can visit the London Bridge without even leaving the country? Visit Lake Havasu City in Arizona instead! The Bridge over Lake Havasu was originally in London and was purchased from the city and reassembled in Lake Havasu. The London Bridge is now the second most popular attraction in Arizona after the Grand Canyon. Lake Havasu City also has plenty of other attractions including boating on the lake, visiting the several replica lighthouses dotting the shores, hiking in the desert, and mountain biking. The Lake Havasu Museum of History has good information and exhibits on the Native American history in the area.
If you are like me and like to venture off-the-beaten-path, even on your babymoon, then you will love Monument Valley. Officially known as the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, in my personal opinion, this is the most beautiful place in Arizona – Grand Canyon included. The unique landscapes, breathtaking solitude, and the road that goes on for miles all make Monument Valley my favorite travel destination. We suggest renting a 4WD vehicle or booking a Monument Valley Tour because this area is made for exploring. The drive across the park is 17 miles long and filled with viewpoints; it may seem a short route but you can easily spend a day or two in Monument Valley. If you like going on adventures, then I would suggest Monument Valley because it is not something you can easily do with a baby – though we are considering a Monument Valley trip with our 2-month-old – yes, you can call us crazy!
Beautiful, remote Monument Valley
There, you have it – the ultimate list of babymoon destinations in Arizona! Which one do you like the most? Send us your sweet little story if we helped you plan the perfect babymoon. We always love hearing from our readers!