Scottsdale, Arizona – one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or seasoned resident, there is a myriad of things to do in and around Scottsdale.
Just ask Ryan Hibbert, a Scottsdale enthusiast.
Let’s take a look at seven unique Scottsdale experiences that you don’t want to miss.
SCOTTSDALE’S MCDOWELL SONORAN PRESERVE
The largest of its kind in the nation, this large urban preserve contains nearly 400 miles of scenic shared-use trails in the McDowell Mountain foothills that are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The Gateway trailhead offers access to numerous paths, ranging from the ADA accessible Bajada Nature Trail to the challenging Windgate Pass Trail.
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S TALIESIN WEST
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright was so enthralled by the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and sunny climate that he chose Scottsdale as the location for his winter home and architectural school, Taliesin West. Through daily tours, you can get an insider’s look into Wright’s brilliant designs.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM
Take some time to discover unique instruments and music from around the world at Musical Instrument Museum. High-tech headphones and multimedia displays allow you to experience worldwide musical traditions, while the hands-on Experience Gallery lets passionate musicians of any age try their hand at instruments such as guitars, gongs, and gamelans.
OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE
Old Town Scottsdale boasts nine walkable neighborhoods that offer you a myriad of activities and experiences both during the day and at night. You can discover historic Scottsdale in Old Town, browse the galleries of the Arts District, shop along Fifth Avenue or discover the energy of Scottsdale after dark in the Entertainment District.
WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST
This Old Town icon celebrates the pioneer spirit of the American West through changing exhibitions of fine art, rare historic artifacts, and cultural treasures. You’ll also want to check out the museum’s event calendar for live music and Western film viewings.
ODYSEA IN THE DESERT
This unique dining and entertainment center features three of Scottsdale’s newest attractions – OdySea Aquarium, Dolphinaris, and Butterfly Wonderland. Here, you can explore the rivers and oceans of the world, swim with dolphins, and walk among thousands of butterflies. Enjoy!
DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Garden’s five paved thematic trails introduce you to thousands of arid-land plants from around the world. The must-see events here include Las Noches de las Luminarias, the Music in the Garden concert series, and summer Flashlight Tours.
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