The Sonoran Desert beacons travelers to Arizona's finest urban center. Scottsdale is bordered by Phoenix (to the west) and the mighty MCDowell Mountains (to the east) and the area offers arid fun for the whole family. Book a Scottsdale timeshare and explore the top 5 things to do in Scottsdale, AZ:
1. Go for a Ride: In a hot air balloon you will view the arid landscape and open spaces from above! A perfect thing to do since the weather is beautiful year round. Go for your ride at sunrise in the summer for unforgettable views. In the winter go for a sunset ride for dramatic views. Web: Rainbow Ryders or Arizona Balloon Safaris. Location: Various locations in Scottsdale, Arizona area.
2. Explore Garden Trails: Discover the unusual cacti and plants at the Desert Botanical Garden. In the fall and spring there is an exquisite butterfly pavilion you can explore and in the summer you can discover the gardens in the evening on a flashlight tour! Web: Desert Botanical Garden. Location: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ.
3. Be Creative: Explore the contemporary exhibits and architecture courtesy of creative artists around the world at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Insider tip: Admission is free on Thursdays! Web: Scottsdale Museum of Comtemporary Art. Location: 7374 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ.
4.Discover Downtown: Visit the couture shops in Fashion Square, or the one-off boutiques on Fifth Avenue, or the Western wear shops in Old Town. Insider tip: Get there aboard the free Downtown Trolley! Locations: Fashion Square: 7014 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ; Fifth Avenue: E. 5th Avenue and N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ; Old Town: At Main Street and Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ.
5. Step Back in Time: Welcome to the 1880s where cowboy stuntmen at the Six Gun Theater, stagecoaches, and the "Deadman's Drop" rock climbing wall await your arrival. Explore the fun and then hop a desert train ride to the Rawhide Steakhouse. Web: Raw Hide. Location: 5700 West North Loop Road Chandler, AZ.
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