10 Reasons to Visit Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona, offers dramatic desert landscapes full of fantastical rock formations and saguaro cacti. And that's just the beginning—here are 10 more reasons to visit Scottsdale.
From the romance of the wide-open desert to world-class golf and more sunshine than just about any other U.S. city, Scottsdale offers a marvellous escape for adventure or relaxation. Unique diversions—infused with spirited Southwest culture and history—include replica cowboy towns, art museums and galleries, and an enticing assortment of outdoor activities that maximise the authentic western experience.
One of the best ways to explore the expansive Sonoran Desert, which is home to the multi-armed saguaro cactus, clear skies and seasonal wildflower displays, is on foot. A guided interpretive hike in nearby Pinnacle Peak Park is most easily accessible for Four Seasons guests. Other possibilities include a self-led day hike in the majestic McDowell Mountain Park or exploring the Discovery Trail in the magnificent Desert Botanical Garden.
In Phoenix, the Heard Museum raises the bar on its portrayal of Native Indian art, history and culture. A satellite gallery, Heard Museum North Scottsdale, offers constantly changing exhibitions and a delightful sculpture garden.
With more than 50 golf courses offering the rugged desert as a backdrop, Scottsdale is considered among the top golf destinations. Troon North is the jewel in the crown, while both Grayhawk Golf Club and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club are among the best.
An Architectural Jewel
Taliesin West is consistently singled out as one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest triumphs, for its beauty and unusual form. Created out of the Sonoran Desert, this Scottsdale treasure is now a National Historic Landmark.
Plenty of Pampering
With more than 25 day and resort spas, Scottsdale is the place to come and unwind. A sanctuary for renewal, the Spa at Four Seasons offers many treatments inspired by the natural botanicals of the Sonoran Desert, such as the Willow Herbal or Soothing Sage Wrap, and the Sedona Earth Clay Body Masque.
Ride a Hot-Air Balloon
For the ultimate Sonoran Desert experience, consider a hot-air balloon ride high above the mountain peaks, or a tour by Jeep or Hummer, for an up-close look at the mighty canyons, steep summit ridges and rugged desert trails.
The Art of Shopping
Scottsdale-based Spree! offers a chauffeur-driven limousine and a personal shopper on outings uniquely tailored to clients’ personal preferences.
At 808 metres (2,650 feet) above sea level, Four Seasons is perfectly placed for studying the glittering canopy of stars in the some of the country’s darkest skies. Complimentary stargazing sessions with a local expert are offered by the Resort, every Friday night.
Sign Up for Cowboy U
More than playing at being a cowboy, students at Arizona Cowboy College learn about everything from roping skills to cattle breeding and shoeing.
Grand Canyon Bound
The central location of Four Seasons makes it a perfect hub for exploring the staggering beauty of the Grand Canyon, Sedona and Lake Powell.