What to Do around The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
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Scottsdale embodies the spirit of the Southwest; rugged landscapes, harmonious architecture, and a modern food scene. Among the cacti you’ll find balance and undoubtedly be pleasantly surprised by all that Scottsdale has to offer.
2243 E Rose Garden Loop, Phoenix, AZ 85024, USA
It’s not until you’re floating high above the horizon that you truly start to appreciate the magnitude of Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert. Sailing in a hot air balloon offers a fresh perspective of the towering Saguaro cacti, rolling purple mountains...
15115 N Airport Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, USA
Island Air Express stopped flying in April 2016.
October through April, seaplane tours take you approximately 20 miles east of Scottsdale to the storied Superstition Mountains. Taking off from Scottsdale Airport, you’ll soar over the Salt River...
6902 E Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
Agave, The Arizona Spa melds the healing practices of the region’s native cultures with therapies from the East, like acupuncture, Tui’ Na, and Thai massage. The spa’s signature therapies are a series of treatments that incorporate its namesake,...
44029 N Spur Cross Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, USA
You haven't seen the desert until you've explored it at dusk. One of the best kept secrets about living in Arizona, are the moonlight hikes in the desert. Exploring the terrain at night is my favorite part about living here. If you can't beat the...
5802 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
Arizona falls is a large man made water feature as part of the Salt River Project irrigation canal running for over 65 miles through the Phoenix area. Artistically constructed, it is not only refreshing to see, it is refreshing to be near as the...
Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
With two hiking trails ascending 1,280 feet to its peak, Camelback Mountain is a great option for nature-fiends who like a challenge. Both the Echo Canyon and Cholla trails exceed a mile in length and are accented with steep grades. Average hiking...
Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Spring is a fabulous time to explore the trails around Scottsdale (as is any time of year). The desert plants are bursting to life all around you, their fragrant aires invigorate the soul. Hummingbirds and Cactus Wrens bound around an ecosystem...
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA
The city’s most famous snowbird, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, spent winters at his home and architecture school in the Sonoran Desert. Taliesin West brings the horizontal lines and organic materials of Prairie School design to the desert...
15257 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
iPic isn't your typical movie theater. Does your average movie theater have a lounge, upscale restaurant and reclining seats? Probably not. This luxury theater is geared toward an adult audience with sleek design, lounge music bumping in the...
8712 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
It took me two years to find this slice of heaven in the desert. One of the best local hang outs on a Saturday morning. A retreat really. Singh Meadows is known for the very best organic veggies, hand-raised right out of the soil and plucked...
4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
Don a headset, approach an exhibit, and wirelessly listen to African thumb piano or Mongolian throat singing at the vast Musical Instrument Museum. Besides browsing some 15,000 artifacts that represent different musical genres, visitors can catch...
18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
In 1995, Scottsdale residents voted to set aside a large parcel of undeveloped city land as protected open space. Today, the roughly 30,000-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve provides an opportunity for adventure. Hike, bike, and rock...
15257 N Scottsdale Rd #160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
Finding ways to keep kids and adults entertained at the same time can be a challenge on vacation. Make Meaning in the Scottsdale Quarter provides a bright and colorful space where young and old alike can get their hands dirty together, crafting up...
7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA
If you can imagine baseball heaven—a lush green field nestled between mountaintops and perpetual sunshine—Salt River Fields just might be what it looks like. Spring training season offers a high concentration of the best American...
6433 E Doubletree Ranch Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
Italian-born architect, artist, philosopher, and ceramicist Paolo Soleri originally came to Arizona to study with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West. His legacy is seen all over Scottsdale, notably at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza in downtown,...
7116 E Becker Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
A local favorite, Handlebar J Restaurant and Saloon has been owned and operated by the Herndon family since 1975. There’s live music every night of the week—including The Herndon Brothers Band every Wednesday through Saturday—and free...
7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
The museum's collection and calendar of exhibits is a little more daring than you might imagine, but the permanent installation of James Turrell's Knight Rise presents visitors with the biggest art jolt of all. The work, open to the public for...
Cattle Track Arts Compound, 6105 N Cattletrack Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250, USA
Cattle Track is one of Scottsdale’s best-kept secrets. This clutch of 1930s adobe structures may be located in a typical residential neighborhood, but Cattle Track’s story as an artist colony is extraordinary. Fritz...
9500 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256, USA
Topgolf in Scottsdale is a place where professionals and beginners alike come together for a little recreation and a lot of fun. With three floors and more than 100 bays, this state-of-the-art facility is the perfect place to hang out, swing a few...
17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
Unlike other sporting events, Waste Management Open professional golf tournament never sells out of tickets and is relatively affordable. With plenty of public parking and a convenient and easy-to-navigate shuttle system to the...
From the start you are a part of the Rainbow Ryder's family. Beautiful photo ops as you watch the balloons inflate at the launch site and of course during your hour long flight over the Sonoran desert! When you land, you cap off the experience...