Desert Botanical Garden
This rugged and serene swath of desert sits on the southwestern border of Scottsdale and Phoenix, and is home to some 50,000 cacti, succulents, agaves, shrubs, and trees. A stand of agave created by acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly greets visitors to the park, which offers fine dining at Gertrude’s, a library, and garden shop. A variety of tours are offered, including summer flashlight expeditions at night. First-timers should try to come early in the day or late in the evening, when the sunlight is incredible, or for one of the seasonal events like springtime wildflowers and evening luminarias during the holidays.