I have always thought of Scottsdale as merely an extension of the Phoenix metro area. Despite having visited Phoenix many times, I never spent much time in Scottsdale until recently.
Scottsdale has much to offer, including plenty of eating and drinking options, opportunities to explore the great outdoors and even take in some culture.
This is a must do for those who appreciate architecture. Taliesin West was the winter home and architecture school of Frank Lloyd Wright. It still serves as the campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
The property is accessible to the public by guided tours, which provide great insight into, not only the design of the buildings, but also into the man who was Frank Lloyd Wright.
Visit Old Town Scottsdale
Downtown / Old Town Scottsdale offers plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife options in the heart of the city and all in an easy walkable area.
Go for a Hike
From easy strolls to difficult climbs, Scottsdale has a huge variety of hiking trails to explore and take in the amazing desert views.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve is made up of six different trailheads, each with something unique to offer. The Lost Dog Wash Trail is a moderate 5 miles in length and culminates in an expansive view of the valley.
|Hiking on the Lost Dog Wash Trail|
|View from Taliesin Overlook in McDowell Sonoran Preserve|
This 3.5 mile hike also provides spectacular views of the valley.
|View on Pinnacle Peak Hike|
Craft beer is yours for the tasting in Scottsdale. Fate Brewing Co. and Papago Brewing Co. are two such places that specialize in local, small-batch beers.
Four Peaks also has a taproom located in Scottsdale, where you can order a beer flight while enjoying some pub grub.
|Beer Flight at Four Peaks Grill and Tap|
Eat and Drink
You can find just about any type of cuisine you desire in and around Scottsdale. True Food Kitchen hit the spot after some outdoor activity. They offer healthy, fresh dishes. The Herb Box in Downtown Scottsdale is another hip restaurant with an inventive international menu.
|Salad and Matcha from True Food Kitchen|