Scottsdale, Arizona has been described as the desert version of Miami’s South Beach, making it a perfect destination for those looking for sunshine and sophistication when vacationing out west. This city not only has a gorgeous desert backdrop, but a bustling downtown area with high-end shops and world-class restaurants. No travel to Scottsdale would be complete without some sort of extravagant pampering, considering the city has more spas per capita than anywhere else in the country.
Before you settle down for a massage, wear yourself out on a hike or a round of golf. Scottsdale is nestled in the Sonoran Desert, and there are many hiking trails in the outskirts of the city, ranging from easy to challenging. Scottsdale travel has something to offer everyone from soothing spa mud baths to championship golf courses.
Things Not to Miss in Scottsdale
• Hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
• Golfing at the TPC Scottsdale course, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open
• Shopping at Kierland Commons and Fashion Square
• Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West studio
• Visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for the James Turrell Skyspace
When to Go to Scottsdale
The main weather consideration is the desert city’s boiling-hot summers. For those who don’t want to get caught in the heat, avoid the months of June, July and August when the temperature easily breaks 100 degrees. The benefit of hitting the off-season is snagging deep deals on hotels—including discounts on spa treatments.
Looking for a milder climate? Better to travel to Scottsdale in the fall and winter. Peak season is January to April when the weather is a lovely 70 degrees and sunny—the best time for golfing and outdoor activities. October to December yields somewhat unpredictable temperature, swinging between 90’s and 60’s, but easily navigable with a light sweater.