Old Town Scottsdale is perfect for a romantic evening stroll while window shopping, meeting a friend for lunch, getting in touch with your artsy side, and more. Old Town is also close to the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Enjoy fine dining, wine bars, and other great attractions all in one location.
Scottsdale’s theme of bonding man and nature continues with the Taliesin West. Built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1937, the desert escape served as Wright’s winter home. Make the trip to the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in the Sonoran Desert and discover one of Wright’s masterpieces. Both the Taliesin West’s indoor and outdoor spaces will impress.
Troon North Golf Course is championed as not only one of Scottsdale’s finest courses, but one of Arizona’s best as well. Such an acclaim is understandable as the club is designed by the British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf and also has perfect fairways and bent grass greens.
Geologically, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve is unlike any other in the Valley: forests of cacti, unique fauna, and rolling landscapes of mountains and hills all cohabit here. The preserve covers 27,800 acres of Scottsdale grounds. To avoid the heat, visit early in the morning or later in the day.
The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park encompasses 40 acres of famous replications and antique carousels. The park features a 15 foot gauge railroad, a Magma Arizona Railroad locomotive, a railroad museum, three model railroad clubs, and a seven-and-a-half foot gauge live steam railroad.
If you're seeking to beat the Sonoran heat but still want to climb the mountainside, then head to AZ on the Rocks. As Arizona’s largest indoor climbing gym, the Rocks has walls nearly 30 feet high. Aside from just having fun, the Rocks also offers an opportunity to work on climbing techniques and learn the ropes. Children under 18 must have a signed waiver allowing them to climb.
Pinnacle Peak is a hike of 150 acres and 1,300 feet. The trail has a variety of elevations and descents, as well as a smooth tread. It's ideal for hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Find a wealth of plants native to Arizona’s desert geography. Expect to see animals such as bobcats and gila monsters. Neither dogs nor bicycles are allowed.
For car enthusiasts, Penske Racing Museum is an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Come discover cars, trophies, and racing memorabilia from over 40 years of racing history. The esteemed Penske Racing has over 300 major race wins, highlighted by 15 Indianapolis 500-mile race victories.
iPic Theaters combines movie and dining experience. Guests pick their own seats (which include recliners) while enjoying blankets and pillows. Food is served if you so choose, and the sound and video quality of the theater is premier. Customize your experience with drinks, food, and more.
The Soleri Bridge and Plaza was designed by the illustrious Paolo Soleri. The artist, architect and philosopher brought his creation to the Scottsdale Waterfront. Soleri crafted it to be a passage for pedestrians, a solar calendar and a gathering place all in one. Representing a connection between man and nature, the Soleri Bridge has become a marquee attraction for Scottsdale.
The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is a nonprofit organization that rehabilitates sick, injured, orphaned, displaced, and abandoned wild animals with the intent of reintroducing and releasing them back into the wild. The Conservation Center is the largest sanctuary for animals in the Southwestern United States.
The Civic Center Mall is a verdant pedestrian mall right next to the vibrant Old Town. Some of Scottsdale’s famous public art collections make their home at the Civic Center, including Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” sculpture and James Turrell’s “Knight Rise” skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. There are over 21 acres of lush landscaping, a lagoon, an amphitheater, and more.
Nestled inside Kierland Commons is one of the best restaurants you could hope to enjoy: Mastro's Ocean Club. Inside, fresh seafood uniquely and carefully prepared awaits, as do aged steaks, delicious chicken, and family-sized sides that are sure to please. Whatever you do, save room for dessert: Mastro's signature warm butter cake is famous. Call ahead for reservations and dress smart.
If you're looking to find a taste of the Carribbean while visiting breezy Scottsdale, be sure to visit Tommy Bahama. Aside from a great selection of men's and women's clothes, they have an outdoor bar-restaurant area downstairs and an open-window sit-down one upstairs. Enjoy one of their house special cocktails before noshing on fish, steak, or chicken. Make sure you try their piña colada cake and ask for the dessert menu to be sung to you - it's a real treat! Tommy Bahama is located in the Kierland Commons shopping area.
Flourish, an AAA Four-Diamond award holding restaurant, is one of Scottsdale’s finest dining venues. The professional cookery team utilizes the freshest of the local ingredients to create New American works of culinary art. Treat yourself to floor-to-ceiling views of the Sonoran mountains and the rolling desert.
The Marriott Suites in Old Town invites guests to dine in the fabulous 3rd Avenue Grill. The cuisine is American and Southwestern, sending the palate on a journey through Arizona full of flavour and flair. The Grill is perfect for fine dining following a day in the bustling Old Town.
Cowboy Ciao is a dapper combination of American and global cuisine. Expect to be dazzled by Italian, Mexican, and Southwestern influences that harmonize with the wine list. Choose from over 3,200 names—all of which have contributed to a list that has won the Wine Spectator ‘Award of Excellence’ for five years.
Since 1981, Don & Charlie’s has been wowing the Scottsdale public with its barbecue. Dine in an environment centered around sports and celebrity with memorabilia, caricatures, signed magazine covers, and much more. Delicious baby back ribs, steaks, prime rib, chicken, and fresh fish are the stars of the menu. "USA Today" named Don & Charlie's one of America's Top 10 Best Sports Bars.
Sapporo is an extension of Scottsdale’s vivacious lifestyle, mirroring it with fine Asian cuisine. Find teppanyaki and the finest sushi, as well as specialty entrees like grilled black cod and Hawaiian poki. The Happy Hour is a local favorite, with cocktail and food specials daily.
The Mediterranean is combined with the eased flavors of California at Olive & Ivy Restaurant. The establishment operates as a café and bakery during the day and turns into a great place to unwind after work providing night entertainment. The restaurant offers lunch, weekend brunch, dinner, and weekly happy hours.
Drop in at The Mission for fine Mexican dining. The chefs Matt Carter and Brian Raab invite you to partake in the Mission experience which includes fusing of the modern Latin and Mexican food. Lunch and dinner are served daily, as well as weekend brunch. The tequila bar is also open from 11am to closing.
Located at the elegant Camelback Inn, Sprouts is an organic restaurant. Choose from whole-grain breads, salads, smoothies, and sandwiches—all low-fat and low-sodium. It's the perfect breakfast or lunch destination to enjoy the majestic views of Camelback Mountain, or for a healthy meal after enjoying the day at the spa.
Temptations Cafe is a great option for both breakfast and lunch. Find unparalleled quality, expressed in the rich collection of locally roasted coffee, which you can combine with a scrumptious ice cream. Moreover, you can enjoy the hot specialty sandwiches, fresh salads and soups.
Top Marks Cafe invites you to experience one real savoury and sweet sensation. Taste some fresh French Crepes, creamy Italian coffee and Gelato as well as crunchy Italian panini Sandwiches. All the items are made of fresh and organic products and will make you feel full of energy.
Zinc Bistro is a touch of Paris in the middle of the desert. Featuring an extensive menu of Parisian- and European-inspired food, they have delicious lunch entrees, such as their Zinc Burger, and an extensive dinner menu that caters to every taste. If you're a fan of oysters, be sure to stop by and experience their oyster bar.
El Chorro is famed for their sticky buns, but their specialty is Southwestern cuisine. Locally grown and organic ingredients are used in the meals, which include produce and herbs from El Chorro’s own garden. Impressively, El Chorro was the first restaurant in Arizona to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
Only at Chloe’s can you find delectable 50 cent coffee. Locals love the signature pastries for breakfast and turn to the American grilled cheese for lunch. It’s hard to turn down their hand-dipped milkshake. They are centrally located in Kierland Commons, an excellent outdoor shopping area.
JD’s Lounge is a sports pub with all the sophistication of its Plaza Resort. The beer and wine lists are expansive and will surely please even the most distinguished tastes. Single malt scotch highlights the variety of beverages which accompany the appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. Play pool while watching all the big sporting events on the televisions.
Music, media, fine dining, and a luxurious atmosphere all make CENTRO one of Scottsdale’s premier venues. Located beside the Montelucia Resort’s Kasbah Pool, CENTRO has both indoor seating and an outdoor lounge. The relaxing atmosphere combined with delicious cocktails create one unforgettable experience.
Every Friday and Saturday, Degree 270, located on the 14th floor of the Talking Stick Resort, opens its doors to usher in live entertainment and some of the hottest dancing in Scottsdale. Both live bands and live DJs are featured, with drink specials and weekly events. Choose from five unique settings and be sure to ask about table-side bottle service.
Taking up residence in a building that was originally constructed in 1892, Four Peaks is a brewery that beckons friends and family alike. The building is of red brick, wood, and glass, making for a classy establishment. Four Peaks Brewing Co. features unique handcrafted beers that are sure to please.
Fresh, local ingredients compose each crafted beverage at Last Drop, complementing a list of local brews and American liquors. Happy hour occurs daily from 4pm to 7pm in addition to weekday specials. Last Drop at the Hermosa features a menu dating back to 1930. Their tried and true recipes will whet your whistle.
Come experience the Rusty Spur Saloon in its registered historic landmark location. Follow the steps of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Dierks Bentley, and John Rich of Big & Rich. Enjoy live entertainment every afternoon and evening. Lunch and dinner are served daily.
Kierland Commons is an unbelievable collection of shops, restaurants, galleries, and outdoor squares. The very air teems with life and activity. Located in downtown Scottsdale, Kierland Commons is a mecca for tourists, locals, and lovers of shopping. Some of the many featured stores are Michael Kors, Chico's, Apple, Pandora, Sur La Table, Eileen Fisher, Everything But Water, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Oils & Olives by Queen Creek Olive Mill, Bose, and Coach.
Explore Scottsdale’s famous arts district - 5th Avenue. There are 80 specialty stores and over 35 restaurants - all within walking distance of the Bob Park’s famed Horse Fountain. Shop during the day and look to be pampered in one of the salons afterwards. When night falls there are an abundance of nightlife venues at 5th Avenue.
The retail giant of Scottsdale is Fashion Square, with upscale metropolitan shopping. Burberry, Bulgari, Cartier, CH Carolina Herrera, David Yurman, Gucci, Kate Spade New York, Microsoft, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Omega, Ted Baker London, Tory Burch, Barneys New York, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom are all located here.
Located on the splendid Boulders Resort, El Pedregal has not only a variety of shops, but also galleries, restaurants and a full-service salon. The setting conjures images of the Moroccan oasis with canopy arching and brilliant colors. Enjoy the beautiful Scottsdale atmosphere while shopping for unique gifts.
Many come to the Valley for its wealth of shopping opportunities, and the Scottsdale Quarter is a prime example of this. Some of the shops here are Armani Exchange A|X, Bath & Body Works, Buckle, Calvin Klein Performance, CALYPSO St. Barth, Carine W, Carole’s Couture, Charlotte Russe, Diane’s Beachwear, Express, FLOR, Galicia Fine Jewelry, H&M and far more. You will certainly find outfits and the items you are looking for.
Scottsdale Waterfron is located in beautiful downtown Scottsdale. Take advantage of retailers like Urban Outfitters, High Point and Primp & Blow. For dining options, visit Zoës Kitchen, P.F. Chang’s, Culinary Dropout, Olive & Ivy, Wildfish, and Sauce. Except for shopping and eating, the Waterfront is ideal for romantic strolls.
The Pavilions at Talking Stick Shopping Center houses names like Target, Home Depot, PETCO, Sports Authority, Ross, TOYS R US, Michael’s, Starbucks, Chipotle, Mountainside Fitness, Octane Raceway, Burlington Coat Factory, Conn’s Home Plus, and Buffalo Wild Wings. There are also many entertainment options including restaurants, cinema and a casino.
The Shops at Gainey Village is a combination of boutiques and trend-setting retailers. Expect high-end names along with casual apparel. There are several accessory stores here as well. Home furnishings, interior design, and boutiques feature artwork, jewelry, and wines, to name a few.
Market Street at DC Ranch is one of North Scottsdale’s favorite destinations to dine, shop and relax. In addition to the beautiful courtyards and mountain views, shopping is to be had at stores like at L’Hermitage Jewelers, MYST Collection Boutique, and The French Bee. For dining, turn to Armitage Bistro & Wine Lounge, Beauregard Food Co., Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Heirloom, The Herb Box, and West Addison Kitchen.
Citizens of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Kingdom of Brunei can visit the United States for up to 90 days without applying for a visa (as well as citizens of Andorra, Lichtenstein, Monaco and San Marino). Citizens of these countries must obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) before traveling. All other travelers must obtain a visa before visiting the United States. International travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the country.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is the main airport serving the Scottsdale area and is a hub for US Airways. All major U.S. airlines, plus Air Canada, British Airways, WestJet, and Aeromexico also operate out of PHX. Nonstop service is available to roughly 80 domestic and 20 international destinations. The airport is 3 miles (4.8 km) from the central business district with the Valley Metro bus route 13 serving all terminals. Taxi access is through terminals 2, 3 and 4. SuperShuttle provides collective transportation. The Rental Car Center is located in its own building at 1805 East Sky Harbor Circle South.
Abundant locations of Walgreen’s, CVS, Wal-Mart, Target, and various independent chain store retailers. CVS (24/7) 7552 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale +1 480 945 6660 Walgreen's 3420 N Scottsdale Rd +1 480 941 0915 Open 24 hours Scottsdale Professional Pharm 10900 N Scottsdale Rd # 403 +1 480 946 9477