Scottsdale’s central-Arizona location means you’re within easy reach of the state’s most popular attractions and natural wonders. Here are a handful of signature Arizona experiences that you can enjoy on a leisurely day or overnight trip from Scottsdale.
The majestic Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders, is located just five hours north of Scottsdale by car. The Canyon’s South Rim is open year-round and offers numerous scenic overlooks, hiking trails, the Tusayan Museum, Desert View Watchtower and hotel and campground accommodations. The North Rim is open from mid-May to mid-October and provides a more tranquil experience, with hiking trails, ranger programs and lodge and camping accommodations.
232 miles north of Scottsdale
Sedona’s spectacular red-rock landscape provides the ideal setting for a host of outdoor recreation options, including Jeep tours, hiking, and vortex and air tours. In town, you’ll find a bustling tourist mecca that combines award-winning resorts and spas with unique boutiques, fine dining and a renowned arts and cultural scene. Photographers and nature lovers won’t want to miss Slide Rock State Park in nearby Oak Creek. If you want to go off the beaten path, check out this alternative route up to Sedona!
125 miles north of Scottsdale
History buffs will enjoy Prescott, which was named the state’s territorial capital from 1864-67 and again from 1877-89. Spend some time at the Sharlot Hall Museum where you can see the restored territorial Governor’s Mansion. Prescott also is home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo, which celebrates its 126th anniversary in summer 2014.
108 miles north of Scottsdale
If you love wine, be sure to add some of Arizona’s celebrated wineries to your itinerary. Central Arizona is home to favorites like Caduceus Cellars in Jerome, Pillsbury Wine Company in Cottonwood and Page Springs Vineyards in Cornville. The state’s southern regions, in and around Sonoita and Willcox, boast offerings including Callaghan Vineyards, Dos Cabezas Wineworks, Carlson Creek Vineyard and Coronado Vineyard.
Arizona’s northeastern corner is home to the Navajo (Diné) and Hopi tribes. On the Navajo Nation, Monument Valley Tribal Park and Canyon de Chelly provide stunning scenic views made famous in countless Western movies. Start your visit to the Hopi Mesas at the Hopi Cultural Center, where you can arrange for a guided tour.
325 miles north of Scottsdale
Kartchner Caverns, located southeast of Tucson, is one of the world’s only “living” caves accessible to the public. See delicate formations like soda straws, as well as “Kubla Khan,” the largest column formation in Arizona.
167 miles south of Scottsdale