Plush living is as easy as spending a few days in Scottsdale, home to posh resorts, spas, restaurants and nightlife, as well as spectacular landscapes. Start your day with a hike on the 3.5-mile Pinnacle Peak Trail or 4-mile Tom’s Thumb Trail — some of Greater Phoenix's best hikes — before exploring OdySea Aquarium, indoor skydiving at iFLY, or an off-road adventure.
Shopping centers, spas and art galleries—many of which are located in Scottsdale—provide plenty of daytime entertainment. Evenings, however, give way to indulgence, whether you’re trying one of the city’s acclaimed restaurants or sipping a wine flight at a downtown Scottsdale wine-tasting room. Don’t miss dinner at FnB Restaurant, where Charleen Badman — the 2019 recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest — serves up a creative farm-to-table seasonal menu. Alternatively, check out Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, which takes entertainment to a whole new dimension with sword-wielding knights who challenge each other in an arena as guests tuck into a four-course dinner.
Stroll the Scottsdale Waterfront to the 64-foot-tall, brushed-steel pylons of Soleri Bridge and Plaza. From there, it’s an easy walk to either Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West or Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Shoppers can nab Southwestern souvenirs in Old Town Scottsdale, or high-end art, jewelry and gifts at The Merchantile of Scottsdale and Scottsdale Fashion Square mall. Five spots along the Scottsdale Wine Trail feature Arizona wines and tasting rooms.