Things To Do In Scottsdale
Nestled in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona, is a city after every snowbird’s heart. Nearly 314 days of sunshine per year and some of the warmest year-round temps in the U.S. make this a top desert destination for 8.9 million visitors per year. 51 area golf courses, diverse shopping hotspots, and engaging arts and culture attractions elevate Scottsdale to the top of the must-visit list for anyone in search of warmer weather.
Hummingbirds abound here thanks to the vibrant desert flowers, and these elements of Scottsdale’s distinct desert landscape are both striking and calming. The experience transforms depending on the vista, and Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain enjoys a vantage point over it all. Paradise Valley unfolds before the resort, Camelback Mountain rises above it, and Scottsdale’s signature Saguaro Cacti pop up throughout, making for a tranquil–yet well-connected–escape.
Sanctuary’s unique scenery is rivaled only by its access to the best attractions in Scottsdale and the surrounding area. With activity options that are almost endless, the question isn’t what to do, but how to do it all. Long desert days are the norm here, but so are leisurely days by the pool and slow walks beneath the desert sun.
How do you see and do it all while avoiding the “go-go-go” you’ve come to Sanctuary to escape? Take a peek at our Scottsdale shortlist, comprised of only the most compelling area attractions. See a few of these sites, then leave the hustle at home to enjoy the relaxation that is a true Sanctuary staple.
The old and the new come together in Old Town Scottsdale, featuring a proliferation of the city’s best shops, art galleries, museums, and award-winning restaurants. Founded in the late 1800s, Old Town Scottsdale pays tribute to its historic roots through Indian and western-inspired designs, souvenir shops, and diverse dining options. The area also offers nearly 100 galleries, as well as easily walkable streets that make the perfect pair for warm Arizona evenings.
Our insider tip? Head to the heart of Old Town Scottsdale at 5th Avenue and Scottsdale Road to peruse the Fifth Avenue Shops, featuring an eclectic array of shops, from gifts to jewelry, antiques to southwestern designer duds.
Regional history and world-class shopping coexist at Biltmore Fashion Park, widely accepted as the “crown jewel” of Scottsdale’s shopping scene. Biltmore is home to Arizona’s only Saks Fifth Avenue, and with it a selection of high-end retailers like Brooks Brothers, Hyde Park Jeweler’s, Ralph Lauren, and more.
In an effort to reflect Scottsdale’s local culture, Biltmore also features UNION, a collection of local, independent retailers selling goods unique to the area. Premiere dining options are also around every corner. Keep the hunger at bay with fine dining favorites like The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, and Stingray Sushi.
One of Old Town Scottsdale’s premiere events, the Scottsdale Art Walk has been a Paradise Valley tradition for 40 years. Peruse artworks of all kinds at locations along Marshall Way and Main Street every Thursday evening. Nearly 100 galleries open their doors for this weekly event, earning the art walk the moniker “America’s Original Art Walk.”
Experience Scottsdale Museum of the West, Paradise Valley’s newest museum. The museum honors the significance of the American West through art, interactive exhibits, and special events. Find the Museum of the West in the eclectic arts and cultural district in downtown Scottsdale, just 10 minutes from Sanctuary.
Meander through 145 acres of desert plants at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Over 4000 species of plant life native to arid lands around the world, including our own Sonoran Desert, are present here. Consider planning your trip to the gardens around any of their special events, like the Desert Night Cinema, Music in the Garden, Flashlight Tours, or Dinner on the Desert.
Taliesin West is a desert home at it’s best, and is known as much for its unique design as for its notable resident: American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. A National Historic Landmark, Taliesin West was Wright’s winter home, and, as such, was built and maintained almost exclusively by Wright and his apprentices. The home has been a beloved Scottsdale feature since 1937, when it was erected out of the rocks and sand from the desert washes that surround it. Taliesin West now houses a living and working architectural school as an homage to Wright’s impressive legacy.
Those looking to stray a little further from Sanctuary will revel in Sedona’s signature red rock formations. Featuring one of the most distinctive desert landscapes in Arizona, Sedona is an ideal destination for a day trip. Explore this shopping and dining in this peaceful and scenic artistic community, or set your heart racing by hiking, swimming, fishing, or taking a jeep tour.
Interested in a visit? Join us on a luxury van or private guided tour for an exciting day in the desert, leaving the resort at 7 a.m. and returning at 5 p.m. Stop by the front desk to schedule your adventure.