Scottsdale, Arizona offers dry heat and more than 330 days of sunshine. It is revered for its Sonoran Desert setting, which is said to have healing and restorative powers.
What to do
The pedestrian-friendly downtown is home to more than 500 one-of-a-kind specialty shops and boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, and museums. It’s also a golfers’ paradise, with 51 golf courses located within the city limits.
Check out Old Town Scottsdale’s historic hitching posts, cowboy wares and authentic Native American artifacts. Stay at the Hotel Valley Ho, the restored landmark that features the minimalist design of architect Edward L. Varney. Or the Saguaro, which was featured in Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Hot List.
Where to dine
Don’t miss the FnB, which has received national acclaim. For Mexican cuisine, check out Barrio Queen Tavern, with sandwiches like the AZ BLT on caramelized French bread. Or Citizen Public House, an upscale tavern with pub grub to match.
For more information, visit experiencescottsdale.com