Things to do in
Scottsdale

This city has a vibrant downtown, shopping, and nightlife scene within arm's reach of the Grand Canyon.

Our most recommended things to do in Scottsdale

Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

1. Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

Glide over the Arizona desert on a hot air balloon ride and admire the desert landscape and mountains from above. Toast to your experience with a glass of champagne once you land. The experience begins even before you rise into the sky. Help the crew inflate the balloon for a real "hands-on" adventure, or just relax and take a few pictures as the gentle giant comes alive. Once you gain altitude, enjoy vistas you have to see to believe as you float over the Arizona landscape. Phoenix lies beneath you while desert stretches to the distant mountains. The pilots are FAA-licensed and experienced in navigating with your safety and enjoyment in mind. Your pilot will also answer questions and identify points of interest during your flight. A chase crew will follow on the ground and meet you at the landing site. From there a van takes you back to the launch site. Upon your return, enjoy a celebratory toast of Champagne to cap your unique airborne adventure. You'll also be presented with a flight certificate.

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

2. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views. See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon with Sedona Day Tour

3. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon with Sedona Day Tour

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour, entry tickets in. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Sedona along the way. Experience the stunning red rocks of Sedona. Photograph the famous location and take the opportunity to gaze upon the stunning sights of Arizona. Spend approximately 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Discover historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views, ideal for photographers. Enjoy some shopping, walk the rim, or relax at one of the many viewpoints. For the public tour, travel in a 13-seater custom tour van with High Ceilings allowing for full standing, as well as leather captain's chairs. For the private tour, travel in a luxury Suv.

Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

4. Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

Pick up a ticket to the Phoenix Zoo, one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S. nestled on 125 acres within the beautiful Papago Park. Explore the home of over 3,000 animals with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened and endangered species. Discover over 2.5 miles of walking paths, divided into Arizona, Africa, Tropics, and Children’s trails, each taking about 1 hour to complete. Admire a variety of inhabitants, including Bornean Orangutans, Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Masai Giraffes, African Lions, and more. Learn about the threats that endanger many of the species and wildlife you encounter and discover interesting facts about Jurassic ecosystems with animatronic dinosaurs and installations. The hours of operation of the zoo vary depending on the season: from June 1 to August 31, 7 AM-1 PM; from September 1 to October 31, 9 AM-5 PM. from November 1 to January 15, 9 AM-4.30 PM; from January 16 to May 31, 9 AM-5 PM

Scottsdale: Museum of Illusions Ticket at Arizona Boardwalk

5. Scottsdale: Museum of Illusions Ticket at Arizona Boardwalk

Experience the impossible with an entry ticket to the Museum of Illusions Scottsdale. Immerse yourself in a world where your eyes will be in a constant battle with your brain. Located just North of Downtown Scottsdale, explore a one-of-a-kind destination for optical illusions.  Challenge yourself in more than 60 visual and educational exhibits featuring holograms, stereograms, optical illusions, and immersive rooms designed to tease the senses and trick the mind. Defy gravity, grow and shrink, walk on the ceiling, experience infinite space, and much more. Spend some time at the Puzzle Bar with games that will stimulate and challenge your mind. Enjoy some good-natured competition with friends and loved ones while simultaneously improving your cognition, problem-solving skills, and memory.  Have fun while learning the mechanics behind each and every illusion you experience. And don't forget your camera or smartphone when you visit, as there are eye-fooling photo-ops around every corner.

From Phoenix/Scottsdale: Sedona & Grand Canyon Day Tour

6. From Phoenix/Scottsdale: Sedona & Grand Canyon Day Tour

Witness the stunning scenery of Arizona and see both Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Join this Sedona and Grand Canyon day tour from Phoenix and soak up the breathtaking views along the way. Start your tour in Sedona at Bell Rock Vista and head to the Chapel of the Holy Cross for truly spectacular views. After, have free time in the rustic, old-west district of Uptown to shop, enjoy local cuisine, or visit some of its numerous art galleries. After departing Sedona, relax and take in the scenery on one of Arizona's most scenic drives as you pass through Oak Creek Canyon. Arrive at the majestic Grand Canyon South Rim National Park and stand at two of the most rewarding viewpoints of the Canyon. Enjoy a guided tour at one of the overlooks and free time on your own at the other.

From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

7. From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

Come join us on an adventurous tour along the Apache Trail and into the Sonora desert, then take a cruise on Dolly Steamboat through Canyon Lake. Driving into the Superstition Mountains, you will visit Tortilla Flat, a quaint Arizona town with a population of 6! Next, relax on a 90-minute cruise over picturesque Canyon Lake, with its magnificent desert surroundings. Don't forget your camera, as this is the ideal platform from which to snap postcard-perfect landscape photos. Your guide will then lead you into the desert for an explanation of the local flora, including the majestic Saguaro cactus and Arizona's state tree, the Palo Verde.

From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

8. From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

Travel in a spacious and airconditioned van day trip from Phoenix or Scottsdale to Lower Antelope Canyon and take a walking tour with a Navajo guide. Discover the natural beauty of the Horseshoe Bend on a self-guided hike. Be picked up from your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale in the morning and relax in the van on the drive to Page. Along the way, your guide will tell you about a number of interesting sites and the history of the state of Arizona. Reach Page and head to Lower Antelope Canyon where you can capture pictures of the slot canyons and their colors and formations. Travel into the canyon with a Navajo guide. Stop to refuel with a delicious lunch before going to Horseshoe Bend.  Take a self guided hike at Horseshoe Bend for 80 minutes and explore this horseshoe-shaped curve in a canyon carved out by the flow of the Colorado River. Return to your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale at the conclusion of your tour.  .

Sedona: Verde Valley Vineyards Wine Tasting Tour

9. Sedona: Verde Valley Vineyards Wine Tasting Tour

'Sedona Vineyard Tours' picks up guests in Sedona and chauffeurs them to all four of the famous Verde Valley vineyards - in luxurious transportation! We pride ourselves on excellent customer service - providing an amazing experience for you, your friends, family and co-workers to remember for a lifetime! While our most popular tour is the Winery Tour - 'Sedona Vineyard Tours' is pleased to offer guests multiple tour options from the Sedona area including: Winery Tours, Sedona Highlights Tours, combination Wine / Sedona Highlights, custom tours, and wine tours to Sedona from Scottsdale. We offer choices from intimate settings for two, or groups of over 50. Anything is possible with 'Sedona Vineyard Tours'! Call to set up your ultimate Sedona experience - Cheers!

From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

10. From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

Visit one of the most remarkable areas in the Southwest, the Red Rocks of Sedona, on a day tour from Phoenix. Travel back in time to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Departing from Phoenix, travel along the banks of Beaver Creek to reach a Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling. Stop at the visitor center to see beads, pottery, and tools used by this long-lost culture. Admire models which help you understand what life was like for the Sinagua Indians 1000 years ago. Next, head to the amazing red rocks of Sedona. Find yourself surrounded by such famous rock formations as Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock and experience the serene beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. Continue towards uptown Sedona, a shopper’s delight. Here, find intriguing art galleries, boutiques, and a variety of restaurants. For the non-shoppers, a side trip from the city is available, traveling deeper into this magnificent country. Finally, drive up Mingus Mountain to the turn-of-the-century mining town of Jerome, a former ghost town that is now a thriving mountainside village. Enjoy free time to visit the many shops and galleries or grab a photo of Sedona from above before beginning the journey back to Phoenix.

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What people are saying about Scottsdale

Overall rating

4.7
(1,191 reviews)

John, our guide, was beyond wonderful. As we traveled to our destination, he regaled us with facts and information on the area, the geography, the history, etc., which made the trip fun, interesting, and anxious to see our destination. He was happy to answer any questions we had and was very accommodating. He watched our time carefully to make sure we saw all the scenic sites. I highly recommend this trip.

Our tour guide was Frank and he was fantastic! Very friendly, informative and funny. We had some bad weather heading to and from the canyon but he did an amazing job, I felt incredibly safe. He let us take multiple rest stops and food breaks. He taught us about photography and helped us to get the best shots. He really went above and beyond for us!

It was a great experience and it was nice learning about the history of both places.

It was FANTASTIC!! Everything was wonderful! Loved Justin!!

Great excursion. My 10 and 11 year old boys had a blast!