Soak up the beauty of the Sonoran Desert in a vibrant metropolitan area with a visit to Scottsdale, Arizona. Conveniently located adjacent to Phoenix, this desert paradise is flush with an abundance of interesting things to see and do, mouthwatering local food, and tranquil lodging experiences. Before you head off on your Scottsdale adventure, be sure to check out these tips:
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
Stay right in the middle of the action at this luxury resort and spa. The 23-acre property provides 185 private bungalows right in the heart of soul of Scottsdale, giving you easy access to all that this region has to offer. The on-site Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate under the shadow of Camelback Mountain. Visit their website to book the start of your relaxing vacation by August 27th and you can enjoy 20% off of the cost of your stay.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
As one of the best Scottsdale hotels and resorts, this luxurious property is set near the top of the 3,169-foot-high Pinnacle Peak. Its secluded location is perfect for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Guests will enjoy the world-class spa, the three on-site restaurants, access to two stunning golf courses, and a bi-level pool.
Activities for Everyone
Hike Camelback Mountain
Towering 2,700 feet over the Phoenix metropolitan area, Camelback Mountain is synonymous with this desert oasis. Although the hike is not long, the steep incline is not ideal for beginning hikers. The challenging hike is worth it when you reach the top and are rewarded with sweeping views of both Scottsdale and Phoenix. It is advised to tackle this mountain in the morning to avoid the heat. Be sure to pack lots of sunscreen and water for your journey to the top.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Scottsdale is a shopper’s paradise. A variety of open-air outdoor malls and boutique stores deliver an exceptional shopping experience for both locals and tourists. Head to the quaint Old Town Scottsdale area for a vast collection of specialty shops or visit the stores at El Pedegral Festival Marketplace to pick up some genuine Southwestern crafts.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Immerse yourself in the art and culture of the American West at this 43,000-square foot museum. This gem is centrally located in downtown Scottsdale, making it an ideal stop while exploring the city. Visitors can explore the rich history of this region through a variety of exhibits, including the authentic Hopi pottery masterwork display.
Enjoy Some Amazing Food
Blanco Tacos + Tequila
No trip to Scottsdale is complete without sampling some of the city’s best Mexican cuisine. Blanco offers a myriad of tacos and all of the fixings. The patio is the perfect place to soak up the Arizona sun and sip one of the famous Blanco margaritas while noshing on crab and shrimp ceviche and an array of fun taco choices.
Olive & Ivy
This classic Scottsdale favorite features Mediterranean-inspired food with a flair. The explosion of flavors partnered with the laid-back vibe work in tandem to transport you to the French Riveria. Enjoy a variety of small plates such as lamb meatballs or bacon wrapped dates before moving on to entree choices such as shrimp scampi risotto or chicken scallopini.
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