Pamper Yourself In Scottsdale Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the nation's "fun capitals,” and is known worldwide for its art galleries, international restaurants, hiking trails, specialty hotels, museums, canal walkway, sporting venues, and more.
Even local residents from the larger Phoneix head to Scottsdale when the weekend arrives. They, along with visitors from every part of the world, enjoy spending an evening or two among the walker-friendly shopping districts, gardens, theaters, historic landmarks and spas.
If you're headed to Scottsdale in the near future, here are a few of the local highlights to get you started on your Arizona adventure:
Things To Do
The Old Town area is a favorite due to its many fine dining spots, nightclubs, art galleries and local historical sites. Frank Lloyd Wright's second home, Taliesin West, is just a short drive and is open to tourists throughout the year.
The enclave, which houses a world-renowned architecture school and sculpture garden, features dozens of buildings that Mr. Wright designed and built with his young team of artisans in the 1930s.
The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park includes a unique collection of classic train cars, an old depot, and a railroad museum that is nationally known for its fine specimens of a bygone era. Not far away is Pinnacle Peak Park, one of the nation's largest and most scenic desert parkland area that is a local favorite for weekend picnics and trail walks.
The city of Scottsdale caters to walkers and those who don't want to drive. You can use the convenient bus system to get just about anywhere in the city. There's also a small bus-van service call "The Scottsdale Trolley" that runs continuously and covers most of the major shopping areas with rides every few minutes.
Like many other US towns, there are multiple choices for those who want to take electric scooters or wheeled devices, all of which are rentable by the hour.If you don't bring your own bicycle and want to ride one, there are several local Scottsdale bike rental shops that offer a wide range of models at reasonable prices. A bike trip through Old Town can be one of the best ways to see that part of town because of all the nooks and crannies that aren't accessible by car.
For sports enthusiasts, the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and Scottsdale Stadium are two places to see Major League Baseball spring training games. The Ice Den is the best local rink in the area; it is not only huge, but it also offers classes and lessons for beginners.
For walkers and runners, there are numerous trails in and through Scottsdale, and the hike to the top of Camelback Mountain is a hugely popular activity for those who want the best possible view of the city.
The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is a popular hotel choice for visitors and locals who want picturesque scenery of Camelback Mountain, a top-rated spa, comfortable bungalows and eclectic dining choices.
Anyone looking for a Scottsdale resort and spa experience will appreciate the Andaz Scottsdale Resort location too. It's situated in the middle of all the action that has made the city a worldwide destination.