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The Top 6 Things You Don’t Want to Miss When Planning a Trip to Scottsdale

Updated on January 3, 2020

Scottsdale is a great place to vacation, during any season of the year. From rugged hiking trails to luxurious golf courses, this town has something for everyone, from all walks of life. Here are ten things you can’t miss!


The city of Scottsdale is perhaps most popular with those looking to spend their winters away from the cold. With the beautiful views of the desert, cultured atmosphere of the city and year-round good weather, you couldn’t blame them, really. If you have some disposable income and you feel the urge to move to Scottsdale, you’ll need to use The Official Real Estate Agent Directory® to find top ranked real estate agents in Scottsdale.


But what if you just want to have two weeks of fun under the Arizona sun? Well, here are 6 things you simply can’t miss when you visit Scottsdale!

1. Baseball

Every year, fifteen major league baseball teams, including the legendary Chicago Cubs and L.A. Dodgers, come from all around the country to hold their spring training games in Scottsdale. Affectionately called “the Cactus League”, these teams have been gathering at stadiums around Scottsdale for seventy years.


Since the tradition started in 1949, fans have flocked from around the country to enjoy cheap tickets, ballpark hotdogs, and the friendly competition between the teams of the league. If you are in Scottsdale in the spring, you simply cannot miss Spring Training!

2. Art

It’s no secret that Scottsdale has a vibrant, thriving culture when it comes to art. With art museums like the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary art, it’s clear that this town is no stranger to artistic expression.


For those looking for thought-provoking local artwork and artists, look no further than Scottsdale’s widely celebrated annual art festivals such as ArtFest and the Scottsdale Art Festival. You’ll find a wide variety of fascinating art displays in a number of different mediums.

3. Beer, Wine and Whiskey

For those interested in drinks with higher proof-per-volume than spring water, you will love Scottsdale. For beer enthusiasts, there are a bevy of artisan breweries and bars that serve some of the most delicious craft brews you’ll find anywhere.


For whiskey aficionados, there is the Scottsdale Whiskey Festival, where you can sample a variety of fine whiskey from across the U.S. and the world. Then of course, for wine lovers, there are numerous well established vineyards and wine bars that produce and serve a selection of excellent local wines.

4. Hiking Trails

If you like hiking, you’ll love Scottsdale. Smack dab in the middle of the Sonoran desert, there are plenty of trails that will challenge your hiking chops and leave you breathless but endowed with a sense of pride and accomplishment. But don’t worry; if you don’t like difficult trails, there are plenty of easier trails that will rely on the beautiful landscapes to take your breath away.


If you’re an outdoorsman or outdoorswoman, you can’t miss Scottsville’s hiking trails. Grab your water bottle, a pair of hiking shoes and a walking stick and get out there and hike!

5. Horseback Riding

Who doesn’t like a good horseback ride? Cantering along, with the wind in your hair, surveilling majestic vistas from your perch high atop your beautiful roan mare. Sound like fun? Of course it does! Fortunately, there are a number of trail-riding horse rental services that will set you up with a horse, tack and a guide, all ready for a relaxing evening riding the trails.


If horse riding isn’t quite your cup of tea, there are other equestrian activities to try out during your time in Scottsdale. Every year, the Scottsdale Arabian horse festival brings famous horse trainers, riders and breeders from around the country to celebrate the figure, form and grace of Arabian horses. If you enjoy being around horses, you can’t miss this one!

6. History

The area of the Sonoran desert on which Scottsdale is built has a rich and storied past. Spanning a period stuffed chock full with tales of native Americans, settlers, cowboys and outlaws. Nearby to Scottsdale are a number of ghost towns, where you can travel to poke through the remains of once vibrant towns that now sit still and empty under the hot desert sun.

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