Upscale Scottsdale is one of the most popular attractions in the Grand Canyon state. Located in the aptly-named Valley of the Sun, many people come here every year for the weather, the beautiful desert golf courses, the outdoor activities and the excellent shopping and dining.
If you are looking for things to do in Scottsdale, AZ, here are some great ideas to get you started:
1) Hike in the Sonoran Desert
The gorgeous McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers more than 100 miles of trails that will take you past majestic mountains, colorful rock formations and rugged desert vegetation. It is one of the largest city-owned nature preserves in the country.
Choose a trail that suits your fitness level and hiking experience and get a taste of the great outdoors. There are also rock-climbing, biking, hiking and horse-back riding adventures available. Make sure you bring your camera to capture the unforgettable desert sunset.
2) Visit the Arizona Science Center
If you are traveling with your little ones they will love the Arizona Science Center. With nearly 300 hands-on interactive exhibits about fascinating topics such as the planets or how the human body works, they will be having so much fun that they won’t even realize they are learning.
3) Marvel at Taliesin West
Frank Lloyd Wright, one of history’s most famous architects, fell in love with the Sonoran Desert when he first saw it in the 1920s. He was working as the head architect at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and he decided to build his winter vacation home in the desert, beginning construction in 1937.
The beautifully designed house is called Taliesin West and it was constructed with stones from the McDowell Mountains. These days, the home is an architectural school and it is open for guided tours. Similar to all Wright’s designs, it seamlessly blends into its natural environment in an elegant way.
4) Explore the Cattle Track Arts Compound
Located on 13 acres of land, this artist’s colony was constructed in 1937 by George Ellis, a local engineer. It is where located blacksmiths, architects, printmakers, jewellers and ceramicists come to display their art and work. Come take a look at this historic property and see what unique creations are on display.
When visiting Scottsdale, the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is an ideal place to stay, offering style, comfort and elegance in the desert.