Do you ever think to yourself, Sometimes I just need a little break from it all? Work. Parenting. Or just plain adulting. If so, then Scottsdale, Arizona is a great place for you! From the minute you walk out of the airport, you are surrounded by fresh, clean air, tons of cacti, and gorgeous mountain views. The streets of Scottsdale are so clean and the locals are so welcoming.
One of the first things that I looked up before this trip was “Best things to see and do in Scottsdale.” The main thing that kept popping up on my search list was a hike up Camelback Mountain. Now, if you are like me, you are good with going on a casual hike that doesn’t require too much strenuous work to get to the top. There’s two ways to go up this mountain. Our hotel told us that we could go up the front of the mountain which wasn’t as “difficult” as the back of the mountain. I’m glad we chose the front because I felt like I was dying half way through! Yes, the views are absolutely amazing, and I know it’s great exercise but I wasn’t expecting that much of a workout! Camelback is a great experience. Be sure to wear your good hiking boots. The entire trail is very rocky. If you can avoid going on a weekend, do it. We went on a Saturday and it was so crowded that you have to move out of the others’ way on the narrow trail.
Once you’ve conquered Camelback Mountain, hiking up to see the iconic Hole in the Rock, will not be a problem for you! Located at Popago Park, this national landmark has stunning views and makes for some great photos. The park is located just minutes from downtown.
After you leave Popago Park, head over to the Desert Bottanical Gardens. It’s a quick drive over there and it is beautiful. Who would’ve known that there are so many different kinds of cacti? I’m far from a botanist so I surely didn’t! Walking through the gardens is so peaceful and calming. This perfectly manicured garden provides views of the mountains and there’s a lot to learn about the Indians who lived on this land for hundreds of years . Very interesting!
We stayed at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa, which has amazing mountain views gorgeous rooms, the property is so well-kept and the food there is amazing. The restaurant on-site is T Cooks. T Cooks is a fine dining restaurant and you can’t get a bad meal there. They serve the best Sunday brunch in town. Never have I ever been to a brunch before where they serve collosial shrimp, crab legs and a wide array of fresh fruit and fresh fish. They have a live band too! The experience was great.
Since Scottsdale is known for their upscale dining, you have to head out on the town and enjoy a night of fine dining. I highly recommend Steak 44 if you choose a steakhouse. The service there is outstanding and the meals were amazing! One of the best steaks we’ve ever had. For an upscale Italian dining experience, I’d recommend Tommy V’s. After dinner, hitch a ride on a golf cart over to a fun bar with live music. There’s so many to choose from!
When in Scottsdale, visiting Old Towne Scottsdale is a must. This cute and quaint town has so much to offer. There’s plenty of boutique shops and souvenir stores to visit. I’d recommend going to Cien Agaves for a great lunch. They also serve up some of the best margaritas I’ve ever had. Down the street and around the corner, you will find the famous Rusty Spur Saloon. There’s some great, live music there at night and I hear they have the best burgers in town.
To maximize your Scottsdale experience, be sure to book a spa appointment. After all, Scottsdale is known to have some of the best spas in the world! I booked my appointment right after I conquered the hike up Camelback Mountain. The spa at Royal Palms Resort and Spa is relaxing and tranquil. It definitely is the best way to end a long weekend!