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What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

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What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

Been there, love the place, even the heat. Browsed the malls, went horseback riding..would like to go back but, I'm having a hard time convincing hubby. He was totally bored after a day or so. We are not thrill seekers or anything just like to have things/options to do. What else can we do there?

Oh, and no disrespect, like I said we love it there. It's a great place if you just want some rest and relaxation. But what can I say, we are young and restless.

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1. Re: What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

Go tubing down the Salt River

http://www.saltrivertubing.com/

Drive up to beautiful Sedona (2 hr. drive each way) where there are lots of outdoor activities and it's cooler than Phoenix.

There's always the Grand Canyon (about 4 hour drive one way from Phoenix). If you want to stay there call now to get a reservation since it is very popular and often booked a year in advance. There are last min. cancellations you might luck out on - or stay in Sedona and drive up there for the day.

Hard to get bored in Arizona! There's always the high country offering fun in the mountains!

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2. Re: What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

When in the forum, look at the Top Questions at right for Attractions. Also look at the Things To Do page for Phoenix:

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g31310-Activitie…

My favorite places are the Heard Museum near cDowell and Central and Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West in far NE Scottsdale.

Edited: 12 August 2010, 23:18
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3. Re: What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

There really is a lot to do here...

Musical Instrument Museum (I know sounds lame from the name but it is AMAZING). http://themim.org/

Spring Training games are really fun if you're here that time of year. Scottsdale Stadium is home to the San Francisco Giants but there are also 13 or so other teams that train here.

Tom Car tours are a blast and a great way to explore the desert.

http://www.desertwolftours.com/

You can rent jet skis or a boat at the marina at Lake Pleasant (about 30 minutes north of Phoenix).

As other posters mentioned Northern Arizona is amazing. A day trip to Sedona is a nice get away and there's a few wineries you can visit on the way. Jerome is also a nice day trip. Or if you're pressed for time there are air tours to Sedona, Grand Canyon and Monument Valley from the Scottsdale airport.

http://skytreks.com/

Hike up Camelback Mountain or around the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Grab a beer and listen to live country music (every day and night) at the Rusty Spur (http://rustyspursaloon.com/) or any of the other hundred bars in Old Town Scottsdale.

And based on when you're coming be sure to check out the calendar of events on the Scottsdale CVB site (http://www.scottsdalecvb.com/). Seems like there's always a festival or something going on. The Waste Management Open (early Feb.) is always a GREAT time.

Or you can always golf which is what a ton of people visit here for.

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4. Re: What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

Everyone is giving you great suggestions - including Sedona. No one should go through life without seeing Sedona once!!

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5. Re: What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

What time of year?. Summer months, stay at any of the "****" resorts for $100/night, (Pointe Squaw Peak, Biltmore, Scottsdale Hyatt, Phoenician, AZ Grand Resort) live like royalty and relax. Get up early in the morning ( 5:30am). Beautiful first thing in the morning. Also at sunset. Visit a baseball game (it really is fun even if you dont follow the game). Prescott, Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon all worth a visit and 20degrees cooler.

Fall/Winter/Spring. Once the temp dips under 90, 'Zonies' come out of hiding and are seen walking during daylight hours. Botanical gardens, arboretum, Phoenix Zoo, all worth visiting. Tucson Catalina Mountains, Sonoran Desert museum.

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6. Re: What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

Visit Phoenix every year to see daughter....going on 15 years! There is always something different and unusal to see and do. A jeep tour ride in desert is different and interesting. There is a rattlesnake farm in Tucson at the U of AZ I think. Two dome sports stadiums (baseball and football) that are quite unique to view a game or just tour. A full venue of pro and college sports going on year round. The train ride from Williams to the Canyon is different. There is another daily train ride at Verde Canyon that is unusual. The small shops in downtown Scottsdale are unique. Being bored is just a mental thing!

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7. Re: What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

To the other suggestions, I will add a trip to Payson and the Mogollon Rim. You climb out of Phoenix and go through several different zones before getting into the piney woods. Depending on where you stay in Phoenix, Payson is an hour and a half or more. At Payson, go east on 260 to the Rim and Zane Gray country. That's another hour or so.

Actually, you can keep going east to Show Low, Pine Top and Lakeside and get a number of mountains vistas from the Rim. Take the road back though the Salt River Canyon and Globe.

You'll find lots of scenery and lots of small towns with a great deal of character.

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8. Re: What is there to do in Phoenix/Scottsdale???

Even closer are Cave Creek and Carefree on what is now the northern fringe of Phoenix and Scottsdale. Cave Creek has an eclectic mix of saloons, restaurants and shops that retain a bit of the Wild West flavor. Carefree is more sedate and dignified but has some fine restaurants, galleries and shops.

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