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Valentine's Day ideas: 5 ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Phoenix

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Posted at 5:04 PM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 19:04:23-05

This year, Valentine's Day falls within the middle of the week.

You can start the festivities early over the weekend or wait until Wednesday, Feb. 14, or both!

If you need some help finding a way to spend the day, we've come up with five romantic ideas below.

SUNSET OR SUNRISE HIKE

It's hard to argue against Arizona's sunrises and sunsets. Between the colors that cover the sky and mountainous backdrop, each one is a picturesque moment. This Valentine's Day, why not get up early and tackle one of Arizona's hiking trails, such as South Mountain, Piestewa Peak or Scottsdale's Pinnacle Peak. if you're not a morning person, no worries, sleep in and tackle a hike later in the afternoon and watch the sun set. As always, bring extra water, snacks, a fully-charged cell phone and let a family member know where you're hiking and when you should be back.

VISIT THE "LOVE" SCULPTURE

Head over to Scottsdale's Civic Center - -a few minute walk from Old Town Scottsdale -- and search for the famous "LOVE" sculpture. It weighs 3,800 pounds and is made from poly-chromed red and blue aluminum, according to Scottsdale Public Art. When you find it, take a picture and post it on Facebook! The "LOVE" icon was created by artist Robert Indiana.

DINNER WITH A VIEW

Arizona has some tasty restaurants for every fare, including Mexican, seafood, steakhouse, American, etc. If you're looking to have a special night out on the town for Valentine's Day, why not enjoy dinner with an extraordinary view? Check out our list of Phoenix eateries with the Valley's best views.

TAKE A DAY TRIP!

Start Valentine's Day early with a weekend road trip out of town. The good news is that there are dozens of destinations within a day's drive of Phoenix. Head north and see the beautiful red rocks of Sedona or take a thrilling ride to the top of historic Jerome and look at Clarkdale way off into the distance. A little further north you'll reach the Grand Canyon -- a site to see!

Or you can head south toward Tucson (and beyond) and stop in Bisbee or Tombstone. Drive around Saguaro National Park and stare at the stars twinkling through the night sky.

Related: five affordable day trips from Phoenix

 

TAKE A STAYCATION!

Perhaps you do not have time this weekend for a day trip, no worries. What about a staycation? Grab a suitcase and put in a few outfits and book a reservation at one of the Valley's premiere resorts. You can book dinner, perhaps an hour at the spa or relax in the lobby with a good book.