This Southwestern US City Is A Great Destination For A Relaxing Romantic Getaway

When we are constantly preoccupied with our day-to-day responsibilities, it can be hard to fit in quality time with a romantic partner. Setting aside time — even if it's just for a one-night stay — to explore a new destination is a fantastic way to ensure you put everything aside and focus on one another. Novel experiences like this will create lasting, shared memories and imbue a sense of adventure in your relationship.

If you're looking for somewhere to get this one-on-one time, consider visiting Scottsdale, Arizona, one of America's coolest desert towns. A suburb of Arizona's capital city, Pheonix, it offers guests a slow, residential pace of life as well as an exciting selection of resort stays. Between its charming Old Town and stunning dessert scenery, exploring Scottsdale involves perusing art galleries, visiting the spa, hiking outdoors, and enjoying quality dining. Plan a day or even a week in this romantic Southwestern city.

Relax and unwind in Scottsdale

When you have a calm, clear head, you are better able to be present and bond with your loved one. Scottsdale has plenty of opportunities to get into this mindset. You have the option to pamper yourself at a luxury spa or take a break from the urban bustle on a hike outdoors. Whatever you choose, you and your partner are sure to walk away a little more at peace.

While Scottsdale offers a number of spas, one of the most top-notch of the selection is Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa. It offers luxurious spa packages for couples, all of which include a lunch entrée beside their pool terrace. If you want an even deeper restorative experience, head to Well and Being at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Equipped with exercise physiologists, Eastern medical practitioners, and unique exercise classes, you'll be sure to leave this spa glowing with health and vitality.

A more affordable — albeit just as effective — way to unwind in Scottsdale is to visit its stunning natural landscape. Situated in the breathtaking Sonoran Desert, the surrounding area has a long list of spectacular trails. For a difficult but beloved route, hike up Camelback Mountain with the Echo Canyon Trail for one of the most scenic views in the area. If you're looking for something a little more kick-back but just as picturesque, the Gateway Loop Trail is another incredible option.

Explore Scottsdale's arts and culture scene

Once you've taken time for yourselves in the quiet of either a massage room or the red rock outdoors, you'll want to take a stroll through the adorable streets in Old Town Scottsdale. With over 100 art galleries, Scottsdale is an incredible place to peruse local art. In fact, the city has its own Arts District. If you find yourself in town on a Thursday night, be sure to check out the weekly ArtWalk — a fun community event promoting the neighborhood's galleries.

After viewing all that art, you and your sweetheart will have plenty to discuss. Take your stimulating conversation to a table over wine and a bite to eat. What's more romantic than a heart-to-heart over a delicious meal? For a dreamy, warm atmosphere make a reservation on the patio at Café Monarch. For a nightcap, head to FnB where you'll find a menu of all Arizona-sourced wines.