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.

JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Nestled in the shadow of its namesake mountain, Camelback Inn welcomes you with deluxe pueblo-style accommodations, lush grounds and stunning sculptures by late Western artist Dave McGarry. You’ll also enjoy the resort’s turquoise pools, Sonoran Desert-inspired treatments at the spa, golf at Camelback Golf Club and elevated dining at Lincoln Steakhouse.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Located in north Scottsdale’s high Sonoran Desert, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale puts you within easy reach of natural beauty and luxurious amenities. The 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.

Royal Palms Resort & Spa
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.

Pinnacle Peak Summit Trail
Get your heart pumping as you hike steep switchbacks to the summit of this iconic north Scottsdale peak. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Scottsdale’s iconic, saguaro-studded landscape and massive granite rock formations. Ranked moderately difficult, the trail is approximately 3.5 miles round trip with a cumulative elevation gain of 1,300 feet.

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.

Salt River Water Sports
Feeling adventurous? Take a guided river rafting, kayaking or stand-up paddle board tour on the Salt River! Scottsdale’s adventure outfitters provide knowledgeable guides and all the equipment you need to explore – no experience required! Wild horses, birds of prey and towering cliffs are just some of the sights you’ll see along the way.

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.

Musical Instrument Museum
Discover unique instruments and music from around the world at MIM, the world's only global musical instrument museum. High-tech headphones and multi-media displays immerse you in global musical traditions, while the hands-on Experience Gallery lets aspiring musicians of all ages try their hand at instruments like guitars, gongs and gamelans.

Fat Ox
Another favorite by Scottsdale’s Chef Matt Carter, Fat Ox dishes up modern riffs on regional Italian classics. Highlights include the classic Caesar – artfully prepared at your table – and the melt-in-your-mouth 25-layer lasagna. Be sure to save room for dessert specialties like the Meyer Lemon Tart and Gianduja Franjelico Tiramisu.

Nestled amid the galleries and shops of the Old Town Arts District, Sel offers a boutique fine-dining experience crafted by Chef Branden Levine. Sel’s cuisine, described as progressive contemporary American, features only the freshest seasonal ingredients on its frequently changing menu. Dishes are available a la carte or as a four-course, prix fixe meal.

Old Town Tortilla Factory
Reserve a table on Old Town Tortilla Factory’s expansive patio and enjoy delicious Southwestern cuisine in the shade of 100-year-old pecan trees. Specialties include the Red Chile Pork Chop with house-made ancho raspberry sauce and Pollo Margarita Chicken, which is stuffed with cheese and roasted peppers, then topped with citrus tequila sauce.