Anniversary Date Ideas

Celebrating an anniversary is always special, and there’s no better place to make it memorable than in the Grand Canyon State. Whether you’re planning a grand adventure or an intimate evening, this guide has got you covered with the best date ideas for an anniversary whether you’re locals or just visiting. From scenic day trips and elegant dinners to luxurious staycations, here’s our recommendations to making your special day truly unforgettable.

Anniversary Day Trips from Phoenix

One of the best things about Phoenix is its proximity to several amazing destinations that are perfect for day trips. Here are some top picks:


Scenic Drive: Start your day with a scenic drive up the Red Rock Scenic Byway. The towering red rock formations are breathtaking, and the drive itself is a serene experience. Trust me, you’ll want to pull over at every viewpoint to take photos.

Hiking: Sedona is a hiker’s paradise. Popular trails like Cathedral Rock and Devil’s Bridge offer stunning views and a chance to bond over nature’s beauty. Check out Sedona’s vortexes for a calming experience together.

Art and Shopping: After your hike, cool off by exploring the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. This charming area is filled with unique shops and galleries. We found a beautiful hand-crafted vase here that now sits in our living room as a reminder of our trip.

Wine Tour: If you and your spouse are wine enthusiasts, a Sedona wine tour is the perfect anniversary getaway. Our professional drivers are very familiar with Sedona wineries! We offer a safe ride to and from each destination while the happy couple is able to relax and enjoy the adventure celebrating their love.

Dolly Steamboat

Cruise on Canyon Lake: The Dolly Steamboat offers an unforgettable experience with its scenic cruises on Canyon Lake. You’ll likely spot wildlife like desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Don’t let the summer heat deter you! Their lower deck is air-conditioned so Dolly Steamboat is a fun anniversary adventure no matter the time of year!

Dinner Cruises: For an extra touch of romance, opt for a dinner cruise. There’s something magical about dining on the water as the sun sets behind the canyon walls. They offer twilight cruises just as the sun begins to set, as well as an Astronomy Dinner Cruise to enjoy dinner under the stars. What could be more romantic than star gazing together?

Morning Activities

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Early Start: Kick off your special day with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert. The peace and quiet up there, coupled with stunning views, make it an unforgettable experience.

Champagne Breakfast: Many balloon ride packages include a post-flight champagne breakfast. It’s the perfect way to toast your love while still riding the high from your flight. Check out Hot Air Expeditions or Rainbow Ryders.

Desert Botanical Garden

Scenic Walks: The Desert Botanical Garden is a serene spot to enjoy a morning stroll. The array of desert plants and flowers is both educational and beautiful.

Photography: Bring your camera for some stunning shots. The early morning light is perfect for capturing the beauty of the desert flora.

Afternoon Anniversary Adventures

Spa Day

Luxury Spas: Treat yourselves to a day of relaxation at one of the many luxurious spas in the area. Resorts like The Phoenician and Sanctuary Camelback Mountain offer couple’s treatments that will leave you both feeling rejuvenated. Or check out B|L Spa for their unique Lagoon Experience. The most inclusive package is the Private Lagoon Experience: a private experience for you and a significant other (or up to 8 people of your choice at the same time). Includes mimosas and fruit.

Art and Culture

Heard Museum: Discover Native American art and history at the Heard Museum. It’s a fascinating and enriching way to spend the afternoon.

Phoenix Art Museum: If you’re more into contemporary and classic art, the Phoenix Art Museum has a diverse collection that’s sure to impress.

Lunch Spots

La Grande Orange: La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria is a curated general store, wine shop, pizzeria, and breakfast community spot. It’s big city bohemian vibe is perfect for your grab-and-go breakfast, coffee, lunch and dinner. After eating, grab some dessert at LGO Bake Shop inside and peruse through their cute shop. Dave Portnoy just did a One Bite pizza review of their pizza last time he was in town!

Postino WineCafe: For something more casual yet chic, Postino WineCafe offers delicious food and a great wine selection. Their bruschetta board is a must-try!

Evening Entertainment

Rooftop Bars for Pre-Dinner Cocktails

  • Outrider Rooftop Lounge: This chic lounge offers panoramic views of the city. It’s a great spot to watch the sunset with a drink in hand, toasting to another anniversary together.
  • Different Pointe of View: One of our dinner recommendations, Different Pointe of View boasts one of the best views in Phoenix, making it the perfect stop for cocktails and to stay for dinner and dessert.
  • Floor 13: Popular for it’s Christmas themed pop-up bar, Floor 13 is a great summer stop as well. Situated atop the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown, this spot offers great views of the Phoenix skyline.

Dining Experiences

  • Different Pointe of View: Located at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, this restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Valley. The contemporary American cuisine is top-notch, and the romantic atmosphere is perfect for celebrating.
  • Cafe Monarch: If you’re looking to splurge, Cafe Monarch offers a four-course prix fixe menu that will blow you away. It’s upscale dining at its finest.
  • Geordie’s at Wrigley Mansion: Experience fine dining with stunning views of the city at Geordie’s. The historic setting and impeccable service make it a fantastic choice for an anniversary dinner.

Local Resorts for Staycations

End your evening with a staycation at one of these fabulous resorts.

  • The Phoenician: This iconic resort offers luxury at every turn, from its beautifully appointed rooms to its exceptional amenities.
  • Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa: For something more intimate and secluded, Sanctuary is an excellent choice. The views and service are top-notch.
  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: A lavish resort with multiple pools, dining options, and activities. It’s perfect for a relaxing end to your celebration.

Casinos for a Thrilling End

If you’re feeling lucky, consider ending your anniversary night at a casino.

  • Talking Stick Resort and Casino: With gaming, live music, and fine dining, Talking Stick offers a fun and exciting atmosphere.
  • Casino Arizona: Another great option with diverse gaming options and entertaining shows.
  • Gila River Resorts & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass: My personal favorite for both table games and slots. They have both lower and higher table minimums making it a perfect stop for anyone. I seem to have the most luck stopping here on a Saturday afternoon.

Book Your Anniversary Transportation

Arizona offers up a plethora of options to make your anniversary unforgettable. Whether you’re exploring the natural beauty of Sedona, enjoying a luxurious spa day, or dining at a top-notch restaurant, there’s something for every couple. Personalize your itinerary based on your interests, and you’re sure to have a memorable celebration.

Our fleet of meticulous limousines is sure to add a touch of sophistication and romance to your adventures. Reach out to us today to book transportation to complement your celebrations. A 25% non-refundable deposit blocks your vehicle of choice off the schedule. The remaining balance is charged to the card on file 10 days prior to your trip.

Cheers to another year together!

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