There are so many places to see and things to do Scottsdale that you might wonder how on earth you can do it all in just 24 hours. Truth be told, you can’t – but you can still experience several of the city’s best offerings with a few insider tips! Here are our top picks for a one-day Scottsdale itinerary.
Bespoke Inn Scottsdale
This one-of-a-kind inn, located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Arts District, hits the sweet spot between a luxury resort and an intimate bed and breakfast. The beautifully appointed guestrooms, lushly landscaped courtyard and onsite Virtú Honest Craft restaurant create a serene oasis in the heart of Scottsdale’s vibrant downtown.
The Scott Resort & Spa
The colors and comforts of Old Havana blend with the culture and soul of New Orleans at this chic retreat on the northern edge of Old Town Scottsdale. Reserve a private cabana by the lagoon pool, enjoy Caribbean-inspired cuisine at Canal Club and chill with a soothing facial or massage at the on-property La Vidorra Spa.
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley-Scottsdale
Just a few minutes north of Old Town, the DoubleTree Resort boasts spacious guestrooms, a verdant courtyard filled with tranquil pools and fountains, and plenty of Southwestern charm. The resort’s central location puts you in easy reach of the city’s best restaurants, attractions and retail destinations.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
In a landscape as panoramic as the Sonoran Desert, there’s no better way to soak it all in than on a hot air balloon flight. You’ll drift along with the breeze as your pilot guides the balloon high into the air for expansive scenic views or dips close to the ground for a glimpse of wildlife and native vegetation. Every flight ends with a champagne toast!
This eclectic treasure, created by the late Italian architect Paolo Soleri, is part art studio and part architectural experiment. Cosanti features earth-formed concrete domes that seem to defy gravity as they provide an enchanting backdrop for Soleri’s melodious bronze windbells. Call ahead for bronze pour times and experience the creative process in action!
Old Town Scottsdale
For the most fun you can have in one square mile, head for Old Town! Here, you can browse one-off boutiques and galleries, view cutting-edge exhibitions at SMoCA, cowboy-up at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, sip your way along the Scottsdale Wine or Ale trail, and dine at some of the city’s best restaurants – and that’s just for starters.
Sonoran Desert-Inspired Spa Treatment
The curative properties of Sonoran Desert botanicals have been celebrated for centuries – most recently at Scottsdale’s award-winning resort spas. Here, innovative treatments blend indigenous ingredients and traditional Native American healing techniques with modern-day indulgences that will leave you feeling oh-so-relaxed.
Located a few minutes south of Old Town, Los Sombreros serves authentic cuisine in a rustic, cantina-style house. Start with their classic homemade guacamole, then move on to specialties like crab enchiladas, mole poblano and slow-roasted pork carnitas. And no matter how full you are, don’t pass up a slice of decadent Mexican chocolate pie.
The House Brasserie
A historic Scottsdale home is the setting for the aptly named House Brasserie. Chef Brandon Jedd’s cutting edge, modern American cuisine includes delights like the House Carolina BBQ Platter, Jerk Tomahawk Pork Chop and Linz Umami Filet Mignon. Enjoy the cozy-yet-elegant dining room, or opt for a table on the spacious, shaded patio.
Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen
Artfully prepared cuisine and Camelback Mountain views are on tap at this chic dining room at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa. The menu features handcrafted cocktails and contemporary cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Two to try are the Scallop Risotto with blackberry coulis and Faroe Island Salmon with charred leeks and sweet corn puree.