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Best Things to Do in Scottsdale

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Kacie's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What are the best places to eat and drink in Scottsdale?

SumoMaya was our favorite restaurant in Scottsdale! The environment is so cool and fresh. The mixing of Asian and Mexican food is so unique and yummy! Will definitely be visiting again!

What are the best things to do in Scottsdale?

The botanical gardens are a must! So much beauty and texture in the desert!

What is the best tip for celebrating your anniversary in Scottsdale?

Hike Echo Canyon, stroll in the botanical gardens, get a massage (JW Marriott spa is amazing), and relax!

Visited Scottsdale in April

Photo Shoot Location: Desert Botanical Garden

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Portia's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What are the best places to eat and drink in Scottsdale?

Where to Brunch: - Prep & Pastry - Hash Kitchen - The Henry - Farm & Craft Where to Drink: - Wine Girl - Outrider - Zuzu - Postino Wine Bar Where to Eat: - RA Sushi Bar - Taco Madre - The Mission - Montauk - Olive & Ivy - Mowry & Cotton - Sicilian Butcher

What are the best things to do in Scottsdale?

Favorite Experiences: - Hot Air Expeditions - Selfie Museum - Desert Botanical Garden - Kierland Commons - Roosevelt Row (Phoenix) - Horse Back Riding - ATV - Kayak (Mesa) - Fresh Foodie Trail (Mesa) Favorite Hotels: - Hotel Valley Ho - Phoenician - Mountain Shadows Resort - Westin Kierland - Hyatt Regency - Wild Horse Pass Resort

Visited Scottsdale in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Jesslynn's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What are the best places to eat and drink in Scottsdale?

The Canal Club in the Scott Resort and Spa...get the churro donuts and any brunch cocktail with rum! The vibe is so on brand with the mid-century modern style going on in Scottsdale! It's every Instagram influences dream restaurant! so many photo spots!

What are the best things to do in Scottsdale?

We just ate, drank, golfed, and chilled by the pool all weekend!

What is your best travel tip for Scottsdale?

Stay at the historic mid-century modern resort at Mountain Shadows! It was amazing and their 18 hole par 3 course is fun to play at as well! Don't forget to get their breakfast burritos at Rusty's near the putting green!

Visited Scottsdale in April

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Michelle's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What are the best places to eat and drink in Scottsdale?

J&G Steakhouse!

What are the best things to do in Scottsdale?

Go for a bike ride in Old Town!

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Pack layers. I'm from Brooklyn but still felt cold because the climate was so different!

Visited Scottsdale in February

Photo Shoot Location: Papago Park

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Melissa's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What are the best places to eat and drink in Scottsdale?

Elements Arcadia Farms

Visited Scottsdale in January

Photo Shoot Location: Papago Park

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Kaitlyn's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What are the best places to eat and drink in Scottsdale?

Culinary Drop-out - was a great lunch spot Hash - the ultimate Brunch Experience. Food creations you won't be able to get anywhere else!

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Bring sunglasses :) The sun is always shining. Also, if you go in the Fall, dress for weather between 40-80 degrees. We forgot jackets!

Visited Scottsdale in November

Photo Shoot Location: Papago Park

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Brittany's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What are the best places to eat and drink in Scottsdale?

Diego Pops and Hash Kitchen

What are the best things to do in Scottsdale?

Explore Old Town! We also booked the Arizona Party Bike tour and it was a great way to see Old Town with fun stops along the way to eat and drink.

Visited Scottsdale in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Eleni's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

If you have children, the McCormick Railroad park is a must! The playground is fantastic, the rides are a hit with the kids and they have lots of great snacks.

Visited Scottsdale in February

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Alexandra's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

The Botanical Gardens - where we shot!

Visited Scottsdale in February

Photo Shoot Location: Desert Botanical Garden

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Veronica's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Hike Pinnacle Peak and one of our favorite restaurants is Darcy's Italian Restaurant in North Scottsdale

Visited Scottsdale in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Emily's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Must see Grand Canyon! Also must see Desert of botanical garden. Our photographer Annelise recommended us do the shoot their. I had no clue they had this. So it was a great experience to see all the different cacti!

Visited Scottsdale in September

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Marie-Eve's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

I would suggest avoiding travel beyond June - it gets very hot and if you are looking to do outside activities, it would definitely be a challenge, especially with small kids. Also, splurge on your dining budget - there are some fantastic restaurants in Scottsdale. Our favorite (as a couple) was Cafe Monarch.

Visited Scottsdale in July

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Laura's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Get out of the city a little and explore the desert!

Visited Scottsdale in June

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Karolina's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Take a tour of the Frank Loyd Wright Taliesin West winter home and school. Have a cocktail at the Arizona Biltmore hotel bar. Visit Old Town and the Quarters for shopping, galleries, restaurants, and cocktails. Take in a major league baseball game during spring training. Hike the Sonoran Mountains.

Visited Scottsdale in March

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Shay's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Go to Sedona and do the "airport circle hike". Most beautiful hike I've ever been on! When you go to the Grand Canyon and are going to the South Rim, enter through the East Entrance - it has no crowds and a beautiful drive along the rim!

Visited Scottsdale in December

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Annelise in Scottsdale for Flytographer


Audrey's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

I would say if you're a foodie like me, try the donuts from the Local Donut, they had some of the most unique donuts I've ever had and were so delicious. We also enjoyed Diego Pops which is a cute little restaurant with really good taco. While on vacation here, just soak up all the scenery and sunshine. It was one of my favorite trips and hope to be back!

Visited Scottsdale in October

Photo Shoot Location: Papago Park

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Kelsey's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Postino Kierland, Leela market, Hearth 61, Mountain Shadows resort, Alvadora spa at Royal Palms.

Visited Scottsdale in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Liss's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Must go to a baseball game, try all the food in downtown Scottsdale, and if you're feeling full of energy then try a "Sunday Funday" on the bar street!

Visited Scottsdale in May

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Rebecca's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Make sure to do a hike to get outdoors and get a great view of the city.

Visited Scottsdale in April

Photo Shoot Location: Papago Park

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Stephanie's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Taco Blanco restaurant, The Creamistry, Old Town Scottsdale

Visited Scottsdale in April

Photo Shoot Location: Papago Park

Annelise in Scottsdale for Flytographer


Randi's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

We stayed at the Westin Kierland. While we wouldn’t stay here if we were not traveling with a toddler, it was the perfect location to be able to walk to restaurants and shopping. The resort was very kid friendly and we would stay here again.

Visited Scottsdale in March

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Chelsea's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Spring training baseball and Joss + J in Gilbert (an amazing baby boutique)!

Visited Scottsdale in February

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

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Michelle's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

Definitely explore some of the trails, catch a Suns game, have brunch outside at Hermosa Inn & if you make it up to Sedona (which you should), stay at L’Auberge and do a helicopter ride :)

Visited Scottsdale in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Stephanie in Scottsdale for Flytographer


Emily's Travel Tips for Scottsdale

What is your best overall travel tip for Scottsdale?

We loved the wineries, and would recommend a wine tour for sure!

Visited Scottsdale in January

Photo Shoot Location: Custom Route

Stephanie in Scottsdale for Flytographer


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