Surrounded by a backdrop of beautiful mountains and stately saguaros, Scottsdale is the ultimate desert playground. But it's not just resorts and golf courses that make this area a great escape. Families will find plenty here to make lasting memories.
With more than 330 sunny days a year, the weather is sure to cooperate, allowing you to hit the pool more than once. You'll have almost endless opportunities to explore the mountains and deserts around town, whether by gold panning, hiking, biking, or kayaking. Do like the locals do: Bring plenty of water and plan the most strenuous activities in the morning when it's coolest.
Sunny weather is practically guaranteed in Scottsdale, so a swimsuit is a must.
If you only have time for one thing, make it a nature adventure in the Sonoran desert.
Make today one to enjoy the splendor of the desert. Start with exploring the McDowell Sonoran Preserve on foot or bike to see saguaros and keep your eyes out for javelinas, lizards, and bighorn sheep.
For lunch, introduce the kids to Indian fry bread or Indian tacos at a unique Native American restaurant called the Stand. Head north in the afternoon to explore the Bradshaw Mountains to try your hand at gold panning.
Scottsdale is surrounded by epic canyons, historic Wild West ghost towns, and railroad adventures. Consider an all-day trip to explore Arizona's desert landscapes and culture with a trip to Tombstone, just south of Tucson. If you took the themed world talents of Disneyland and mixed them with the cosplay artistry of a comic convention you'd get Tombstone. A visit to the town will make memories that every kid will fondly remember.