Scottsdale Arizona is continually listed as one of America’s greatest places to live. No doubt, given its incredibly hospitable climate and lack of rain (314 sunny days annually and receives only 7.66 inches of rain every year). It’s no wonder we Canadian flock to this southern destination. Here are a few more reasons in case we didn’t already have you at “314 sunny days”.
Scottsdale Wine Trail
Old Town Scottsdale is a hub for tasting rooms from some of the state’s most acclaimed vineyards and craft breweries. You can go online and download the Scottsdale Wine Trail or Ale Trail maps, then spend an afternoon or evening sampling the fruits of their labour.
This golf course may be best known as the home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but it’s also one of Scottsdale’s finest public, desert-style golf courses. You can play where the pros play with a round on TPC’s Stadium Course. But watch out for its infamous 16th hole!
Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Company
Enjoy views of the Sonoran Desert while floating in the sky and sending greetings to earthbound folks below. After landing from your safe and memorable adventure, enjoy a celebratory toast with a light continental breakfast.
Desert Botanical Garden
The Garden’s five paved thematic trails introduce you to thousands of arid-land plants from around the world. Must-see events at the Garden include Las Noches de las Luminarias, the Music in the Garden concert series, and summer Flashlight Tours.
Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) showcases the musical instruments and music of cultures throughout the world. Displaying more than 6,000 instruments and objects, the MIM also offers monthly events, an acoustically superb theater hosting 200+ concerts per year and workshops that enhance the immersive experience.
Saguaro Lake Ranch
An Arizona guest ranch located by Saguaro Lake, on the banks of the Salt River, in the shadow of the majestic Bulldog Cliffs offering horseback rides, kayak trips, on-site cabins, and tubing the Salt River. See below.
Tubing the Salt River
The lower Salt River just east of Scottsdale is ideal for calm-water rafting, SUPing, kayaking, and tubing. As you float along beneath towering sandstone cliffs, keep your eyes on the lush shoreline for wild horses, javelina and other desert wildlife.
Old Town Scottsdale
Old Town has nine walkable neighborhoods and all offer you a variety of experiences by day and night. Discover Scottsdale’s beginnings in Historic Old Town, browse the galleries of the Arts District, shop along Fifth Avenue or discover the energy of Scottsdale after dark in the Entertainment District.
You can also visit our friends at Viator where you can book any number of Scottsdale experiences on your own.