My company is having a launch event in Scottsdale and I will be visiting Arizona for the first time from the uk - is it worth adding days with Scottsdale as a base to be a tourist for a couple of days, or should I get a car and drive on somewhere? I have done San Fran and Las Vegas before but would love to see some of the scenery I know from westerns
I will be out there start of November
I am English too, now living in Australia.
It's certainly well worth extending your visit. I fell in love with Sedona near Flagstaff. It's red rock country and stunning scenery. We went out on the pink jeep four wheel drive tour. It's a lovely drive too from Scottsdale.
We stayed at the L'Auberge Inn which was rather lovely.
we travel to Arizona twice a year for the last 20 years it's one of our favorite places to go I would recommend staying in Scottsdale if you love food shopping and high-end hotels it's like Beverly Hills in the desert. As you mentioned I would recommend renting a car and making the trek to Sedona which is about a 90-minute drive from Scottsdale I would also recommend staying there for a couple of days it is absolutely gorgeous it is Scenic everywhere if you look into it online you'll see the photographs it's almost a sin to go to Arizona and never visit Sedona. They have what's called A Pink Jeep Tour that takes you on a four-wheel Excursion up into the mountain ridges there where there is some Native American sites and you can experience the environment .If you do decide to stay in Sedona I recommend going to the cowboy club it is an old restaurant with some Western feel they serve very good food and if you're interested in making the trip to the Grand Canyon that is about a 90-minute to 2 hour drive from Sedona. There are not places to stay in the Grand Canyon unless you hike to the bottom and there will be snow there at that time. there is a Native American reservation at the bottom of the canyon that as I mentioned you have to hike to. the reservations there are very slim because they do not have a lot of room. A day trip is sufficient to take to the canyon. if you visit you will be visiting the South Rim of the canyon which is the most popular and there is a train tour that you can take their you have to book it in advance. Also if you want to spend more $$ you can take the helicopter tour which is completely worth it but it is pricey. Hope this helps enjoy your trip
Rent a car, spend some time driving, and seeing the land. Scottsdale is fun, but there is nothing like getting out and seeing and enjoying the natural beauty of the land.
On another note, if you have any interest in Music, make a stop at the Musical Instrument Museum. It is well worth a couple of hours, you will see, hear and learn more about music than you ever thought possible. Enjoy!!
Also, if you have any interest in aviation, the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson is phenomenal. Tucson is a two hours' drive from Scottsdale and also the famous Bone Yard is very close to the museum.
Yes....for sure....my suggestion follows along with the others to drive 2 hours north to Sedona. Devil's Bridge is certainly worth the visit if you want to include some hiking. Many red rocks and scenery along the route but first read my review on it for some great tips.
Yes, There is so much to see and do in the area.
I agree with the others. Scottsdale is a nice part of the Phoenix area. South Mountain is very nice and is only 15-20 minutes from Old Town Scottsdale and seems to be a local favorite. If I was visiting Arizona for the first time, and had the opportunity, I would definitely consider extending my vacation and heading north. We traveled 1.5 hours north and stayed in Prescott Valley. From Prescott Valley it is 1.5 hours to Sedona (stunningly beautiful), 2 hours from the Grand Canyon (massive on a scale that's hard to describe...a must-see), and 3.5 hours from the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas.
Scottsdale is too far from most national park attractions. Except perhaps Sedona..2 hrs drive. Although if you enjoy golf or hiking you are in luck.
Sedona for sure. Grand Canyon. Scottsdale itself is nice for a day, esp at that time of year. Flagstaff.
Antelope Canyon ( but 2 hrs north of Flagstaff, so not a day trip from Scottsdale. Arizona is a beautiful state.
Scottsdale has several art galleries and shopping. ALso if you are going during spring break you can go to a baseball game to see them play. I enjoyed a day walking in Scottsdale looking at the Art and shoppping. PLus I got my baseball tickets and went to a spring training game in the evening game it was 90 degrees in March!
Scottsdale is a great base. Plenty of good restaurants. Great hiking trails for all abilities. Sedona not too far away. Grand Canyon about 4.5 hour drive.
Yes, I would extend my visit. There are some pretty areas near by. Tonto National Forest is close and there is a small lake there where you could take a boat ride. Then, of course, Sedona area is beautiful.
absolutely a must. we live in California and visit Arizona annually because there is so.much to see from Flagstaff and the Wild,Animal Park to the desert below Phoenux. -a car is essential if you plan to see more than Scottsdale. in Scottsdale there is a local shuttle service using modified golf carts and the city is very walks be and wheelchair accessible.
Spend some time in Scottsdale and Phoenix you will enjoy the trip. BTW you are going at a perfect time.
Depends on what you enjoy doing. Arizona does have some unique formations worth viewing like Grand Canyon, meteorite impact site are my favorites. Do a little research. Arizona visitor center.
I would suggest you rent a car and drive to Sedona and Grand Canyon for a couple of days. Scottsdale and Phoenix are good places to see, but if you are going to be there for work anyway, Grand Canyon would be a fantastic getaway and Sedona is on the way.
In Scottsdale there is shopping indoors in the mall and outdoors in old town. We have gone to Frank Floyd Wright's west residence. If you are a fan of his. Depend on the time of year there is Spring Training Baseball and also golf if it is not too hot when you are going. We have also driven to Sedona and visited Montezuma's Castle on the way there. Went to Tucson, but we only found an beautiful old church and an airplane museum there. Hope this helps. Farther out is the Grand Canyon, and at the bottom part of Utah there are many National Parks.
Absolutely! Scottsdale is a great base but for a 2 hr drive it's worth seeing Sedona. You'll find yours there from Scottsdale if you don't want to drive. Don't miss it!
Scottsdale is a wonderful base with shopping, wonderful restaurants and every other amenity you can think of. It's minutes from both the large city of Phoenix (Glendale , Tempe) and the breathtaking desert/mountain vistas you are looking for. It may also be worth a side trip up to Sedona which will take you through the desert to the very memorable town.
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