Scottsdale

Scottsdale Travel Guide

Rich cultural pursuits abound in Arizona, so there are plenty of things to do in Scottsdale for art and architecture lovers. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West is a must see. This house was his desert getaway and studio, built in 1937, and now open daily for public tours. Don’t miss the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, designed by the legendary Italian architect Paolo Soleri. You may recognize his name from his famous bronze bells, which you can see at the bridge. Soleri was also the mastermind behind Arcosanti, an experimental community in the desert 70 miles north of Phoenix—worth a visit if you have the time.

Fashionistas and shopaholics will want to spend the afternoon at Kierland Commons. For a souvenir of the spa culture, high-end bath goods can be purchased at local favorite, LATHER. If you need serious retail therapy, then Fashion Square is for you—225+ shops with everything from Neiman Marcus to Sephora to Burberry.

If you find yourself wondering what to do in Scottsdale on a Thursday night, the answer is Artbridge Thursday. Starting on Halloween and ending in early May, local artists and craftspeople gather on the Marshall Way Bridge by the waterfront from 5pm-10pm to sell their wares and socialize. Live music, local artists and food trucks--what more could you ask for?

Instead of a poolside lounge or round of golf, visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s former studio and retreat (now home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation). Daily guided tours are kept small and last from one to three hours.

Hybrid drinking, dining and retail-clothing space

Surrounded by the McDowell Mountain range, TPC Scottsdale (also known as The Club) offers public access to two par-71 tournament courses. Tee off from the Champions Course, redesigned in 2007 by Randy Heckenkemper, or the Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf's Stadium Course.

Treat your companion to turquoise and silver pieces at this high-end jewelry and art store. Within this sandstone shop, the inventory includes authentic pieces of Native American pottery, sand paintings, kachina dolls, and even furniture.

Glitterati party place

Hidden behind a door marked “The Truth Is Inside,” this speakeasy meets European wine cellar is located in downtown Scottsdale.

Known as one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces, Taliesin West was built in 1937 as Wright's winter home. Still inhabited by a team of architectural experts and students, Taliesin West is a living desert complex in northeast Scottsdale at the base of the McDowell Mountains.

Founded in 1927, when customers still rode up to the store on horseback, Saba's has become an Arizona institution, thanks to its unparalleled selection of handcrafted cowboy boots for men, women, and children.

Troon North Golf Club offers two award-winning golf courses designed by Tom Weiskopf, The Pinnacle and The Monument, ranked 21st and 44th in the nation, respectively, by Golf Magazine.

The Spa at Camelback Inn sits at the base of Mummy Mountain, with sweeping views of Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley and the downtown Phoenix skyline.

Torch-lit tiki lounge

Founded in 1994, Grayhawk Golf Club is considered one of the best day-fee golf clubs in the Southwest. The club offers two 18-hole courses: the Talon, designed by PGA Champion David Graham and architect Gary Panks, and the Raptor, created by world-renowned Tom Fazio.

Yes, kayaking in the desert. Paddle along the banks of the lower Salt River, where you’ll spot a surprising mix of wildlife, including sunning lizards, wild mustangs, and active bald-eagle nesting areas.