Scottsdale is located east of Phoenix and is one of the more affluent areas in the Phoenix Metro Area. So it is not surprising that high-end establishment dot the city, from shopping outlets to galleries, to watering holes and restaurants.
Scottsdale also aims to keep the old American West alive. You can see Old Town as the centerpiece of the city's bid to be the West's most western town. Scottsdale's attractions are spread over a wide space, which makes a charter bus in Scottsdale, Arizona a good idea for visitors and tourist.
Scottsdale vows to give you a vacation unlike any other you have ever had before. The city is in the heart of the Sonoran Deset, giving you ethereal lights that cast a vibrant and rich hue on just about everything. Natural beauty notwithstanding, Scottsdale also has a lot of man-made attractions that would wow you.
Amusement parks abound in Scottsdale. When it comes to the whole family, you cannot go wrong with CrackerJax Family Fun & Sports Park.
Take the kids to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Octane Railway, AZ Scream Park, Old McDonald's Farm, and Arizona Balloon. These places are just some of the fun amusement parks in Scottsdale that you could visit and that the little tots would surely enjoy.
Looking for some fun after dark? Scottsdale has a great selection of wine bars, dance clubs and lounges. From Western saloons to the hippest bars, you can get it all here. Check out Citizen R+D, Rusty Spur Saloon, Sunset Beach at the W, Zuzu Lounge. Dance all night at the Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club, Degree 270, and Stone Rose Lounge. For a more laidback atmosphere, there's Dos Gringos and The Lodge. Live music flows freely at Center Stage Bar and Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse.
With the Sonoran Desert as inspiration, Scottsdale artists have produced a veritable body of work and the city's love for the arts can be seen through its more than 100 galleries. Go on the Scottsdale Artwalk then see the public art in the area.
You could also visit the museums such as the Heard Museum North Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. These museums have amazing architecture, too.
Be sure to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West and the Scottsdale Public Art. You can also go to the 'On The Edge' Gallery where more than 40 artists from all around the state display their latest artworks.
You could also buy unique gifts from the gallery. For more artworks, there's:
Or you could catch a performance at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, ASU Gammage, or the ASU Kerr Cultural Center.
Scottsdale is a shopping venue, with upscale fashion outlets and outdoor promenades selling unique Southern items. You can also see the top national retailers selling everything else you need.
You really do not have to travel to Beverly Hills to get goods from the best brands. Go to Scottsdale Fashion Square, the biggest shopping venue in the Midwest, and shop at Barneys New York, LATHER, Molina Fine Jewelers, Jimmy Choo, and Bottega Veneta. There are also personal stylists at Nordstrom's.
Meanwhile, it would be easy to dress up or down when you go downtown. For example, if you have ever dreamed of strutting around in cowgirl garb, head on to Saba's, J. Gilbert Footwear, Scottsdale Pendleton and River Trading Post and Pueblo Arts. All of these have great selections including some western inspired clothing.
Other shopping options include:
Biltmore Fashion Park, where you could find The Clotherie LTD for fine threads for your guy or Little Artika for the little one.
Kierland Commons, which has some of the most exclusive retailers in the area, including Harari and 42 Saint.
El Pedregal, which features local galleries, restaurants and boutique. So if you want to experience Scottsdale's shops, food and art, come right here.
The Shops at Gainey Village is perfect not only for shopping but for romantic strolls as well. The shops here also help you have a romantic time, such as Anastasia's Bath, Body & Boudoir and Lacy lingerie.
If you get hungry from all that shopping and from whatever you had lined up during the day, drop by Scottsdale's best restaurants:
Of course, with more than 600 restaurants in the area, you could easily find a restaurant that serves whatever it is you are craving for and is within budget.
Scottsdale is home to close to 200 golf courses, thanks to the sunshine that is present more than 330 days a year. Scottsdale is where Brandel Chambee, Tom Lehman and Aaron Bradely all live. Also, there are more than 40 professional golfers who call Scottsdale home.
Scottsdale has golf courses to suit every need, skill level and preference. Go to ASU Karesten Golf Course, The Boulders golf Club, Camelback Golf Club, Desert Canyon Golf Club, Eagle Mountain Golf Club, Galney Ranch Golf Club, Kierland Golf Club, Legend Trail Golf Club, McCromick Ranch Golf Club, Palm Valley Golf Club, The Phoenician Golf Club, Talking Stick Golf Club, and Troon North Golf Club, to name a few, and see what they have to offer.
There are also a lot of other sports activities you could do here. You can try disc golf at Spinners on the Green Disc Golf Pro Shop & Bike Rental, or go indoor rock climbing at AZ on the Rocks. You could also try karting at K1 Speed or Octane Raceway.
To get a feel of life in the Old West, be sure to stop by MacDonald's Ranch. It has 1,280 acres of desert where you could go horseback riding or go on stagecoach and hay rides. There are also cookouts here.
No doubt about it, Scottsdale has some of the loveliest parks in the state. You can admire the beauty and views at the Scottsdale Green Belt, which is a favorite even among the locals. There's the Chaparral Park, which covers an area of 100 acres including a lake that is perfect for fishing and boating. If you have a dog, you could bring him here. There are 6 lit ball fields and 3 soccer fields, full basketball court and two volleyball courts. You can do just about anything here!
Then you have El Dorado Park, where you could also do just about anything you want. They also have disc golf if you want to try that, too.
Meanwhile, Pinnacle Peak offers a great hiking trail. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced hiker but you will still enjoy hiking here.
For a different kind of thrill, why not go on a hot air balloon ride at one of the providers in the city?
Lastly, there's the Horizon Park & Community Center, which is a very impressive park with a lot of room for different activities. You can also have a quiet picnic here while the kids play.
You will want to visit the Butterfly Wonderland, probably the newest attraction in the city and the first of the many developments planned for OdySea in the Desert. The plans include a Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum, an IMAX theater, and an aquarium. Butterfly Wonderalnd is the biggest butterfly atrium in the country and has several activities for you to enjoy.
Scottsdale is also home to a variety of spas where you could get the best spa treatments in the state. Get a turquoise wrap at the Waldorf Astoria Spa at the Boulders Resort, or a herbal poultice massage at Spa Avania. Just choose the spa and the treatment you want or need, because, surely, Scottsdale has it!