Living in or visiting a major city like Phoenix, Arizona means you can easily enjoy the top restaurants and shopping opportunities of the American Southwest. Occasionally, you may want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Phoenix and escape to the more easygoing neighboring cities. Make your weekday home base a Phoenix vacation rental, then spend the weekend at a surrounding city or town. Check out the seven most romantic getaway spots from Phoenix.

1. Flagstaff

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In about two hours, your romantic weekend in Flagstaff is ready to begin. Now that you’ve left the desert behind and climb into the mountains, it’s time to get out and enjoy the brisk mountain air. In the winter months, spend a day at Arizona Snowbowl to ski in the fresh powder. It’s easy to rent your equipment and take a lesson at this resort. Take a self-guided tour of the Wupatki National Monument. This area was once the home to the Pueblos, and you can see their homesites that date back thousands of years. On a cool evening, stop by the Lumberyard Brewing Co and enjoy a romantic dinner on the patio by the fire pit.

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2. Lake Havasu City

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Unwind out on the water with a weekend away in Lake Havasu and walk across the original London Bridge. When the British replaced the original bridge, the town bought the London Bridge, shipped in pieces to the area, and reassembled it across the lake. It’s a hot spot for photographers of all skill levels. Spend a quiet day alone together out on the lake when you rent a boat from Nautical Watersports, or get dressed up and try your luck at the gaming tables at the Havasu Landing Casino or see who can win the most nickels at the slot machines. For some of the best food in town, stop by the Lake Havasu City Black Bear Diner.

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3. Sedona

arizona canyonAt the end of your two-hour drive from Phoenix, you and your sweetie are treated to the stunning views of the red rock buttes that surround the town of Sedona. Make your first stop the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This unusual church features a beautifully modern design and offers postcard-perfect views from its perch atop a butte. Explore the unknown with a tour from Jeep Adventure Tours. This tour group lets you decide if you want a quiet ride to little-known spots or the chance to drive straight up massive hills. Featuring white linen tablecloths and amazing views, Cress on Oak Creek provides a romantic dinner to help rekindle your romance.

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4. Bisbee

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As a former mining town, Bisbee retains its small-town vibe and its rich history. You reach this quaint area in a little over three hours, and it sits close to the Mexican border. Start your visit with a little history of the local area at the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum. Stop by Finders Keepers Antique on Main Street to pick out a new piece for your home together. While in town, explore the downtown area and take a gander at the area’s most haunted hotel, the Copper Queen Hotel. John Wayne, the famous actor known for Westerns, stayed in the Copper Queen Hotel often.

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5. Monument Valley

monument valleyIt takes about five hours by car to reach Monument Valley but it’s worth the drive for the picturesque scenery. This area sits in the center of a national park and tribal lands. It’s known for its unusual rock formations, and it’s easy to find a local guide on tribal land to take you and your sweetie out for a hike and show you the best viewing spots. With a Native American guide, you learn more about the legends and lore that accompany the beauty of the area. Enjoy a quiet evening back at your vacation rental when you pick up a pizza from Pizza Edge or slide into a booth together at the Blue Coffee Pot Restaurant.

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6. Jerome

forest mountains buildingsClose your eyes and picture an idyllic small town, and you probably have a good idea of what Jerome looks like with its historic brick buildings, narrow alleys, and eclectic blend of locally-owned shops. In fact, there’s a real ghost town nearby, Gold King Mine and Ghost Town. You can wander around the old buildings and abandoned cars. The one shop in Jerome that is at the top of your must-see list is Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes. Local artists hand make the kaleidoscopes on sale here, and there are a variety of price points. Take a tour of the Douglas Maison, the original owner was a mine owner in the late 1800s.

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7. The Grand Canyon

grand canyonSee the beauty and power of nature with a weekend at the Grand Canyon. Take a deep breath, grab hold of your sweetie’s hand, and step out onto clear glass at the Grand Canyon Skywalk on the southern side of the canyon. This horseshoe-shaped observation deck extends over the edge of the canyon, and the floor is made entirely of glass, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. Settle into a vacation rental in the Grand Canyon Village area to be close to the starting point of many of the hiking trails.

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