Love the Nightlife?
Downtown Scottsdale sizzles with late-night diversions, including more than 80 sophisticated lounges, neighborhood pubs, high-energy dance clubs—and fleets of pedi-cabs and taxis to whisk you back to your car or resort.
Fuel for the City
With more than 600 restaurants, Scottsdale has the perfect recipe for any palate. Hot spots include the vintage-chic House Brasserie, where dishes like licorice glazed pork belly come with basil and brie smashed fingerlings; Culinary Dropout, a cutting-edge gastro-pub with additional locations in Phoenix and Las Vegas; and Deseo, the Westin Kierland’s spectacularly inspired Nuevo Latino dining experience. The Kierland’s Scotch Library—featuring 125 different types—is downright magic. And for straight-up steak, beer and C&W music, there’s the Handlebar J, Rusty Spur and Pinnacle Peak Patio.
Pictured above: Culinary Dropout creations
Pictured above: The ambiance of Deseo's dining ares
Pictured above: A sunset off the Pinnacle Peak patio
Arizona Balloon Safaris, Hot Air Expeditions and Rainbow Ryders provide the uplifting experience of viewing Scottsdale, Phoenix and the colorful Sonoran Desert landscape from cloudless skies hundreds of feet above.
Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece, is always worth a visit—especially on the Friday evening Night Lights tour (through October) when it glows in the moonlight and a fire-breathing dragon appears.
Artwalk, Scottsdale’s free Thursday evening gallery tour, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Scottsdale and Phoenix feature some of the highest concentrations of museums, galleries and studios in the nation.
Psyched to Hike?
Nine trailheads around Scottsdale lead to the 60-plus miles of trails of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. You can also hike Camelback Mountain, Pinnacle Peak Park and McDowell Mountain.
Shopping, dining and entertainment all come together in the “Main Street lifestyle center” known as Kierland Commons. The one-of-a-kind development incorporates more than 70 high-end specialty stores, live music and a variety of the Valley’s consistently ranked best restaurants like Zinc Bistro, The Greene House, Mastro’s Ocean Club, North, Tommy Bahama and RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant. Downtown Scottsdale, “where the Old West Meets the New West” features more boutiquey stores, galleries and gathering spots.
FEATURED PARTNERS AND LOCATIONS
Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
The House Brasserie
Pinnacle Peak Patio
La Hacienda at the Scottsdale Princess