Published: January, 2019
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Scottsdale, Arizona

— Matt Domich
  • More about your oliver guide:
  • Trip type: Adult, Family, Group getaway, Solo, City, Desert
  • Activity level: moderate
  • Ideal length of trip: Two to five days

to & from

Scottsdale is spread out– a car is nice to have but Uber is accessible.

Where to Stay

Where to Eat and Drink

What to Do

Camelback Mountain. There are two main trails. They are very different and active people can do both.
Pinnacle Peak. Get there early. It has nice desert views to the North.
The Camby, where I also stay a lot, has bikes at the valet to ride. The canal that runs from Old Town through central Phoenix is a great trail to use. They have yellow bikes available for rent across town with an app. You can grab a bike and go.

What to Pack

Scottsdale, Arizona - Suggestions from the Oliver Community

  • Courtney Leary Says

    Le Grande Orange is a great place to pick up a quick lunch or snacks for your hotel room.

  • John Nissen Says

    The best boutique reastaurant in Scottsdale has to be Virtu! Wonderful vibe, great location, intimate for two yet can accommodate a party of 15 to 20(in a separate room off the dining area). Outdoor seating is a must, it can get loud inside. The menu is small but the flavor profiles are huge! A definite stop in Old Town Scottsdale…they even do a brunch. Best thing about it, The Bespoke Inn is part of the restaurant. Google that adorable place…location, boutique-y, spectacular…and you get to eat breakfast at Virtu! If you can’t get in to Bespoke or want a larger resort property Westin Kierland is great. Two 18’s, abuts the Kierland Commons an outdoor shopping Mecca, walking distance to numerous fabulous reataurants…Ocean Club and Dominick’s…just a beautiful property and close to North Scottsdale properties…which are where a lot of the action is in Scottsdale today! Like John Snow says…Don’t be afraid of the North…Scottsdale, that is! Another boutique resatuarnat fave is Richardson’s/ Rokerij in Phoenix. Unbelievable New Mexican based cuisine…from green chili enchilada’s, chili relleno’s, the best adovada, to sea bass, swordfish, steaks, and pork chops! Every dish comes with pinto beans, and a starch bathed in green chili! It’s a must “go to” when visiting Phoenix/Scottsdale.
    Hiking option is Tom’s Thumb…very North Scottsdale from Old Town but worth the drive. Hiking Camelback mountain is no joke…bring your A game if you want to go to the top. Otherwise, consider halfway a victory. And don’t even attempt the Echo Canyon side of Camelback. The vistas aren’t as dramamtic as the Cholla side and Your heart rate will thank you! Email me with Q’s… Been an AZ resident since ‘67…kinda know the place.

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