Great Places to Snap a Memorable Moment

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Ever heard the phrase, “picture or it didn’t happen”? Well make sure your picture proof of Scottsdale that you show your friends is the best it can be! Here, some of the coolest Scottsdale photo ops that are sure to impress your friends back home.


  • Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve

    Towering saguaro cacti, rolling desert foothills and lush riparian washes are just a few of the photo ops that await you along the 200 miles of hiking trails in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

  • Taliesin West

    Stunning architecture, whimsical art and desert views are the hallmarks of Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. A variety of guided public tours are offered year-round.

  • Scottsdale Civic Center Park

    From public art and flowing fountains to unique architecture, Civic Center Park is a photographer’s paradise. Don’t miss Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture.

  • Desert Botanical Garden

    Located at the base of the rugged Papago Buttes, the Garden gives you easy access to thousands of colorful plants and cacti along its five thematic trails.

  • Pinnacle Peak Park

    If you’re in good shape, check out the summit trail at Pinnacle Peak Park. You’ll be rewarded at the top by expansive views of Scottsdale and the surrounding Sonoran Desert.

  • Orange Sky Restaurant

    Located on the 15th floor of Talking Stick Resort, Orange Sky offers contemporary American cuisine and panoramic views of the Valley below, including the breathtaking McDowell Mountains and iconic Camelback Mountain.