Earlier this week, I wrote about Where to Eat and Where to Stay while visiting Scottsdale, Arizona. Today, I am focusing on an assortment of things to do while you are there. Sure, you can lounge around the pool all day or visit the spa at your fabulous resort, but Scottsdale offers a plethora of activities for all ages and activity levels.
Scottsdale boasts over 200 golf courses. Put that together with 330 plus day of sunshine and you get one great golf destination. A few of the hotels I previously wrote about, including The Phoenician, Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch, Camelback Inn, and the Westin Kierland all offer award-winning golf courses, but all level of player can find something to love. And don’t worry about lugging your clubs, most golf courses rent them.
If you would rather hit some balls with friends over good food and drinks in the evening, then Top Golf Scottsdale is a perfect destination for you.
The spas in Scottsdale are worthy of a trip in and of themselves. I try to visit a new spa during each visit, but I cannot help to go back to my absolute favorite: The Spa at Camelback Inn. The spa is set in a separate building with a private pool, restaurant, and well-appointed locker rooms. The services are incredible and the gym located within the spa is fully outfitted and offers yoga, pilates, and aerobics classes. I could easily spend an entire day there. Others worth a visit are the spas at The Phoenician, Sanctuary, and Four Seasons resorts.
Another favorite activity in Scottsdale is hiking the numerous mountains around town. From Pinnacle Peak, to Camelback Mountain, to the numerous trails in the McDowell Mountains, every experience and activity level can be accommodated.
Every January, the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Show and Auction takes place in Scottsdale, which first began in 1967. The show and auction attract celebrities such as Jay Leno, Alice Cooper, and Sammy Hagar, and cars with values up to $6 million have been sold there. Even for those without a keen interest in cars, the energy of the auction, and the auctioneers themselves, cannot be missed.
Another must-attend annual event is the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Over the past 75 years, the Phoenix Open has evolved into the largest professional golf tournament on the PGA tour. The Phoenix Open, which is now played every Super Bowl Weekend, may be best known for hosting rowdy crowds on the iconic 16th hole par-3, which is completely surrounded with grandstands, and the Birds Nest after-parties each night of the tournament.
Spring Training in Scottsdale is another popular tourist draw, especially with Chicagoans. Both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox are part of the Cactus League, The Phoenix metropolitan area boasts the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States, and it provides a great opportunity to be up close and personal with your favorite baseball figures.
Other great activities involve relaxing outside and watching the incredible sunsets over the mountains, visiting the great museums in the area, including the Musical Instrument Museum, shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square or Biltmore Fashion Park, or visiting Old Town Scottsdale, and the various art galleries and souvenir shops it has to offer.
Scottsdale basically has something for everyone. I look forward to every visit to Scottsdale – especially in the winter. What are your favorite things to do while there?