48 Hours in Scottsdale

Looking to explore the best of Scottsdale on a quick two-day getaway? We’ve got you covered with this 48-hour itinerary that showcases the best of Scottsdale’s urban and Sonoran Desert offerings.

Four Season

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Located in north Scottsdale’s high Sonoran Desert, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s territorial-style accommodations are complemented by cabana-lined pools, an on-property spa, and easy access to hiking at Pinnacle Peak and championship golf at Troon North Golf Club.

The Phoenician

The Phoenician
Located near Old Town and offering contemporary luxury throughout, the recently refreshed AAA Five-Diamond Phoenician features a new three-story spa with a rooftop pool, a redesigned 18-hole golf course, and outstanding dining at J&G Steakhouse, Mowry & Cotton and The Phoenician Tavern.

Royal Palm

Royal Palms
This luxury hideaway is just minutes from Old Town Scottsdale, putting you within easy reach of upscale shopping, fine art galleries, world-class museums and exciting nightlife. Enjoy relaxing Mediterranean-inspired treatments at Alvadora Spa and award-winning dining at T. Cook’s.


Gateway Loop Trail
One of the most popular trails in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the 4.5-mile, moderately challenging Gateway Loop gives you the feeling of being immersed in the serenity of the Sonoran Desert. The trail passes over the Gateway Saddle, which offers expansive scenic views of the surrounding landscape.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West
Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright was so captivated by the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and sunny climate that he chose Scottsdale as the location for his winter home and architectural school, Taliesin West. Daily tours offer guests an insider’s look into Wright’s ingenious designs and his ability to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces.


Located inside Scottsdale Fashion Square, Wonderspaces AZ is known for captivating, interactive displays that allow you to experience art through sight, touch, sound, movement and even virtual reality. Exhibitions change frequently, so there’s always something new to explore!

wine trail

Old Town Scottsdale Wine Trail
Old Town Scottsdale is home to tasting rooms from several of the state’s most acclaimed vineyards, including LDV Winery, Aridus Wine Company, Carlson Creek Vineyards, Salvatore Vineyards, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards and Merkin Vineyards. Stop in for a tasting, small plates and fascinating facts about Arizona wine.


Desert Golf
When it comes to bucket-list golf courses, Scottsdale tops the leaderboard. And while you’ll find traditional layouts among the area’s more than 200 courses, we’re best known for our desert target-style gems that include such notable names as Troon North, TPC Scottsdale, Grayhawk and We-Ko-Pa.


Artfully presented, veggie-forward cuisine is the hallmark of this Old Town favorite, helmed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Charleen Badman. The menu changes seasonally and always features fresh, locally sourced ingredients along with select artisan meats and cheeses. Pair your meal with a selection from FnB’s acclaimed Arizona wine program.


Marcellino Ristorante
Nestled in Old Town Scottsdale’s SouthBridge district, Marcellino Ristorante dishes up authentic Italian cuisine – including exquisite, handcrafted pastas – by Chef Marcellino Verzino. Make an evening of it and enjoy live music most Thursday and Saturday evenings.

T. Cook

T. Cook's
Bold Mediterranean flavors and fresh, seasonal ingredients take center stage at T. Cook’s, the signature restaurant at the elegant Royal Palms Resort and Spa. The seasonally changing menu features highlights such as Beef Tenderloin, Garlic Herbed Lamb Chops and Iberico Bone-in Pork Chops.