5 Things to Do in Scottsdale

By Vanessa Howard

Scottsdale, Arizona is a desert oasis known for more than just the stunning beauty of the Sonoran Desert. This laid back destination is famed for beautiful golf courses and indulgent spas, top restaurants and plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. Scottsdale will have you enchanted in no time with its gorgeous landscape and its unique combination of cowboy charm and cosmopolitan luxury. 

Scottsdale is a great year around destination due to the dry heat and very low humidity. Plus, it’s sunny year-round and averages around 299 days of sunshine. If you visit during the summer, keep in mind that the dry heat in Scottsdale makes scorching temperatures of 108-110 degrees Fahrenheit more bearable. But what should you do on your next trip to Scottsdale?

1. Eat and Drink Till Your Heart’s Content

If you love food, then Scottsdale will not disappoint! This hidden-gem foodie destination has something for everyone. A few crowd favorites include…

For Brunch – Hash Kitchen 

Mexican – The Mission 

Pizza – Craft 64

BBQ – Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbeque 

For Small Plates + Craft Cocktails – Second Story Restaurant and Liquor Bar

2. Hike The McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is a permanently protected desert that offers an impressive 477 hiking trails. Whether you are looking for a challenge or a family friendly walk, you’ll find it in this preserve. Some of the most popular trails include the moderate, 4.4 mile Gateway Loop Trail and the difficult 2.5 miles of the Camelback Mountain Trail. For an easy family friendly hike check out the Brown’s Ranch Short Loop Trail. At only 2.2. Miles, with very little elevation, the entire family will be treated to beautiful desert views. 

3. Check Out A Scottsdale Museum

Scottsdale has an impressive list of renowned museums that offer interesting and cutting edge exhibits. You really can’t go wrong visiting any of these historical places, but here are a few at the top of our must-see list:

Scottsdale Museum Of The West

3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

One of the most popular museums in Scottsdale, the Museum of the West is a gem that celebrates the spirit of the American West. You won’t want to miss this one! 


12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by legendary architect Frank Llyod Wright who loved the Sonoran Desert and chose it as his winter home. If you love architecture then you should definitely plan a visit to Talisein.

4. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

Guests looking to do a little pampering have their choice of one of Scottsdale’s 50+ luxury day spas for head-to-toe treatments and wellness therapies. There are so many options for a day of relaxation that choosing one may be overwhelming, so here are a few spa suggestions:

The Spa at Talking Stick 

Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain 

Spa at The Boulders

5. Visit Saguaro National Park

After an easy and beautiful 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Scottsdale you’ll discover the stunning Saguaro National Park. The entrance fee for the park is $20 and it’s valid for 7 consecutive days. Saguaro National Park is named after the Saguaro cactus that grows only in the Sonoran Desert (and the namesake of our guest-favorite vacation rental). The park was actually established to protect the mighty Saguaro Cactus, and is home to an estimated 180 million Saguaro cacti. Popular activities in the park include hiking and gorgeous scenic drives. 

Visiting Scottsdale will leave a lasting impression whether you love the outdoors or want to relax in the lap of luxury. Scottsdale has something for everyone! 

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