It’s mid-December and getting cold in most of the U.S., but not in Phoenix. Southern Arizona has a great warm winter that makes it the perfect destination for a trip to escape the cold. The Phoenix/Scottsdale area has so much to offer from fun hikes, shopping, great restaurants, art walks, and more.
Scottsdale is the town just East of Phoenix and recently revamped their tourism with the Experience Scottsdale media push, check out their website, it has awesome city walk guides.
While it’s great to write about my trip, I realized I can offer more than just text and pictures! I found a way to share my Google maps for everyone to download. This is a great resource to help everyone start planning a trip. You can add the Google maps to your phone and make edits to customize the trip. It lets you have all your addresses in one place to get a better idea of the city layout. Planning a trip can be time-consuming so hopefully this helps. Let me know if you have any edits or feedback to make the Google maps even better!
For this trip, I traveled with two friends Diana and Katie. We started out in Scottsdale for one day and then drove north to Page, AZ to see Horsebend and Antelope Canyon. We rented a car because of the long drive from Phoenix to Page. You’ll definitely need to rent a car to get to Horseshoe Bend and the Antelope Canyon. It’s 4.5-hour drive from Scottsdale to Page, AZ.
While in Scottsdale, AZ I really enjoyed the hiking and restaurants. Here are some highlights from the weekend. All of the locations are pinned on the google maps:
I’ve been to Scottsdale before so I knew exactly what I wanted to do to make the most out of my day in the outdoorsy city. We started the day with a hike at Tom’s Thumb trail. It’s a 4.2-mile hike round trip to a rock formation that resembles a thumb. I linked the trip advisor site for more details about the hike. In short, it’s a steep start and then a more level hike. Be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen. Here’s a summary of great hiking trails in the Scottsdale area:
- Tom’s Thumb trail // 4.2 miles // Moderate
- Pinnacle Peak // 3.5 miles //
- Camelback // 2.3 miles // Moderate
- Piestewa // 1.2 miles + longer trail options // Difficult to Moderate
Diego Pops is in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Their menu features amazing tacos, taco bowls, poke bowls and more. Also, check out their drink menu for amazing margaritas. The whole restaurant has a trendy design and atmosphere that will make you want to stay for hours.
We went to Oil & Ivy for dinner Friday night. Definitely call ahead to make a reservation. The location is amazing, right on the riverfront. The menu offers a variety of options from flatbreads to pasta, to main dishes. Everything was delicious! Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos, but just imagine amazing food while eating on a riverfront.
On Saturday we stopped at Farm & Craft for breakfast before the big road trip to Page, AZ. The food was amazing and so was the atmosphere. Pictured below is their tap that boasts cold brew, kombucha, wine, and beer… what more could you want? I ordered the protein toast with a side of sweet potatoes and Katie got the Breakfast sandwich. Their website summarizes it best, “Farm & Craft is focused on healthy and sustainable food in a community-style atmosphere. Think modern farm with a contemporary twist.” Definitely visit for breakfast, lunch or dinner during your trip to Scottsdale.
I hope you enjoyed this city guide. Comment if you have any additional places to add!