Scottsdale, Arizona may be a desert, but this city is filled with the coolest spots to eat, drink, play, and party. With a late-night atmosphere and vibrant entertainment district, the city also reigns as one of the world’s premier golf and spa destinations. W Scottsdale Insider Rachael Bienz gives you the hot tip on this desert city with some must-see places to explore.
7374 E 2nd St
Situated on a 21 acre, beautifully landscaped park in the middle of downtown Scottsdale, SMoCA is the best of contemporary art, architecture and design from around the world and around the corner.
1 Cardinals Dr
The University of Phoenix Stadium with its retractable roof and field is unlike any other stadium in North America, and a marvel of design, engineering, and technology. This multipurpose facility is located in Glendale, Arizona showing games of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and the Annual Fiesta Bowl.
9400 W Maryland Ave
Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL, is a state-of-the-art facility located at Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue. The arena anchors the 223 acre, $1 billion development Westgate Entertainment District, the “crown jewel” of sports and entertainment complexes.
9400 W Maryland Ave
Topgolf is a global sports entertainment community creating the best times of your life, with 16 locations serving more than 4 million guests annually. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while award you points for hitting targets on the outfield. It’s a whole new way to play.
6000 E Camelback Rd
A 27-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Robinson, this course at The Phoenician pairs a challenging experience with the breathtaking scenery of the Sonoran Desert for a golf experience that’s a real beauty.
Once a sacred site of the Hohokam Culture, Camelback Mountain now offers Arizona residents some of the best hiking in the greater Phoenix area.
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
Featuring over 50,000 desert plant species spanning 145 acres of land, Desert Botanical Gardens has been teaching visitors about desert flora and fauna for more than 70 years.
455 N Galvin Pkwy
Voted one of the top five zoos in the nation for kids, the Phoenix Zoo features rides, a petting zoo, and much more to keep us all entertained.
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd
A national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, AZ. As the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, it’s a great place to get a dose of culture in nature.
Sophisticated and swinging meets sexy and sultry. Party indoors against a dramatic backdrop of desert-inspired water and fire design elements or socialize al fresco cool in the stylishly landscaped patio. Where the fashionable jet-set mingles with hip scenesters over the most innovative drinks, finest spirits and legendary wines. Check it out as DJs spin Euro-inspired beats every Friday and Saturday and experience some VIP bottle service.