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Scottsdale, Arizona, is often stereotyped as being upscale, filled with high-end resorts, 200+ golf courses, fine dining and incredible shopping venues. It's the kind of destination many people assume is only for the wealthy, more mature traveler.
In reality, Scottsdale is a destination filled with art, food, outdoor adventures, and a very cool vibe that visitors of all ages will truly enjoy.
Arizona gets hot in the summer, but the refrain of “It's a dry heat” really is really true – 108 degrees with basically no humidity is actually very bearable.
Because of this, Scottsdale is somewhere you can visit year-round. It never gets too cold, and even when it gets toasty during the summer months, residents know how to use their air conditioning, pools, and misters at restaurant outdoor patios.
Scottsdale is basically sunny year-round. The Phoenix/Scottsdale area gets 299 sunny days per year!
There's food and drink galore
Scottsdale's food and wine scene is booming, unlimited restaurants and even a wine trail to explore.
There are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors
And no, it's not just about Scottsdale's over 200 local golf courses! In fact, there are several things you can do in Scottsdale to enjoy the great outdoors that don't take you anywhere near a golf course.
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
If you're craving an escape into the unique Sonoran Desert environment, head about 20 minutes outside of Scottsdale to the 30,500 acres of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Here, 5 major trailheads connect to more than 200 miles of desert trails.
Most of the trails here are less than 5 miles long, making for the perfect morning hike spot. (Or, you can do what I did and just walk the half-mile Nature Trail in order to get your fill of saguaro cacti.)
Just respect nature and the toll the heat can take on you; if you're visiting Scottsdale in summer, get your hiking out of the way super early in the morning and drink more water than you think you need to.
Kayaking on the Lower Salt River
When the weather gets hot in Scottsdale, the locals take to the water. One of the most popular spots to cool down on a hot day is the Salt River. Locals often take tubes and coolers out to the river on weekends, but I booked a Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour with the local REI Co-op Experiences.
This was a beautiful paddle – and because the river is mountain-fed, it was deliciously cool even though the sun was scorching.
If you're lucky, you might even see some of the wild horses that live within the nearby Tonto National Forest. They come to the Salt River to drink and cool off, and your best bet to see them is in the mornings during the summer months.
Along with hiking and kayaking, you can also go horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, or even take a sunrise hot air balloon ride in Scottsdale! I need another trip (or five) to be able to try it all.
Scottsdale has art and architecture
Even though the Wild West vibe of Old Town might not immediately scream “artsy metropolis,” Scottsdale nevertheless has an excellent collection of art galleries and museums.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Pop into the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art to enjoy its rotating exhibits (when I visited there was a super cool interactive exhibit about art and technology), check out the Museum of the West, have fun at the interactive Wonderspaces, or simply wander into one of the many fine art galleries scattered throughout downtown.
The best part? There's nothing pretentious about the art in Scottsdale. You can walk into any gallery in Old Town Scottsdale in shorts and flip-flops without feeling like you don't belong.Article Source: