Scottsdale Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Scottsdale; our list of the best things to see, including Desert Botanical Garden, Musical Instrument Museum and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
  • The best place in Scottsdale: Desert Botanical Garden

    Desert Botanical Garden

    1201 N Galvin Pkwy
    50 acres of exhibits showcasing desert plants, with an emphasis on plants native to the Southwest. Located in Papago Park, near the Phoenix Zoo.
    Camelback East food nearby
  • Musical Instrument Museum

    Musical Instrument Museum

    4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
    6000, e-mail: Has many exhibits where you can see and hear the history of music from around the world. There's also a room for kids of all ages to try out instruments.
    Desert View eat nearby
  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

    Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

    7380 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    A theater in downtown Scottsdale that hosts concerts, dances, and other performances.
    South Scottsdale restaurants nearby
  • Scottsdale Art Walk

    Scottsdale Art Walk

    The Gallery District of downtown Scottsdale
    The art galleries in downtown Scottsdale have organized a walk on Thursday nights. The galleries stay open into the evening and there can be "music, munchies and more on the streets."
    South Scottsdale food nearby
  • Rancho Mañana Golf

    Rancho Mañana Golf

    5734 E
    Rancho Mañana Blvd. A former dude ranch turned golf course.
    Pinnacle Peak eat nearby
  • Big Earl's Greasy Eats

    Big Earl's Greasy Eats

    6135 E Cave Creek Road
    '50s style burger joint. On Friday nights, classic car enthusiasts can be found in the parking lot.
    Pinnacle Peak
  • Tonto Bar & Grill

    Tonto Bar & Grill

    5736 E Rancho Manana Blvd
    Rancho Mañana Blvd. Next to the Rancho Mañana golf course. Casual gourmet version of Cartwrights.
    Pinnacle Peak
  • Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse

    Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse

    6811 E Cave Creek Rd
    Green Bay Packers/Cowboy bar. Live bull ridding on Thursday nights. Free dance lessons. Rival bar of Harold's Corral.
    Pinnacle Peak
  • Green


    2240 N Scottsdale Rd
    Mon-Sat 11am to 9pm- closed Sunday. Vegan restaurant that was named the Best Vegan restaurant in Phoenix by the Phoenix New Times. PETA named the secret BBQ Chicken sandwich as the best faux chicken sandwich in the USA. Another location in Central Phoenix.
    South Scottsdale
  • Flat Tire Bike Shop

    6149 E. Cave Creek Road
    Weekly Sunday morning bike ride.
    Pinnacle Peak food nearby
  • Spur Cross Stables

    44029 N
    Spur Cross Rd. Guided horse rides through Spur Cross.
    Pinnacle Peak eat nearby
  • Wander the Rock and Roll Car and Bike show

    9175 E Indian Bend Rd
    Every Saturday night at 4pm. free. A large classic car show.
    restaurants nearby
  • Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

    44000 N
    Spur Cross Road. Between the town of Cave Creek and Tonto National Forrest, the Spur Cross conservation offers a wide expanse of trails through a fertile section of the Sonoran Desert. See Hohokam ruins and petroglyphs. Guided tours available.
    Pinnacle Peak food nearby
  • Frontier Town

    6245 E Cave Creek Rd
    A faux old-west town with tourist shops and restaurants.
    Pinnacle Peak
  • Spur Cross Cycles

    6061 E Cave Creek Rd
    Road and mountain bike rentals conveniently located near Spur Cross Recreation Area, Cave Creek Park, the Black Canyon Trail and Cave Creek/Carefree area resorts.
    Pinnacle Peak restaurants nearby
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

    7374 East Second Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    10-5 Tu, We, Fri, & Saturday; Closed on Mondays; Free and open until 8 on Thursdays. $7 adults, $5 students, free for SMOCA members and children under 15. A museum of contemporary art, architecture, and design.
    South Scottsdale food nearby
  • Christmas Pageant and Luminaria Run

    Spur Cross/Stagecoach Village
    The pageant has been taking place annually in December for over fifty years. The luminaria run was added in 2003.
    Pinnacle Peak eat nearby
  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

    7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
    Hours depend on time of year (9 or 10am to 5:30 or 7pm). admittance is free; Train rides cost $2 per adult. A children's park with playgrounds and a small train that children and parents can ride around the park.
    South Scottsdale restaurants nearby
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

    12621 North Frank LLoyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259
    Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home
    North Scottsdale food nearby
  • Cave Creek Museum

    6140 E Skyline Dr
    Arizona's Cave Creek Museum preserves the historical heritage of the desert foothills region with exhibits, activities and a research library.
    Pinnacle Peak eat nearby
  • StageCoach Village

    Corner of Galloway and Cave Creek Rd
    A newer western themed shopping plaza set up as a village.
    Pinnacle Peak
  • Phoenix Film Festival

    7000 E Mayo Blvd
    The celebration takes place annually (April) in the city of Phoenix, Arizona. The festival began as a showcase for feature films made for under $1 million and short films made for under $50,000, however, it is quickly climbing its way into elite status in the film circuit due to its first class treatment of filmmakers.
    Desert View food nearby
  • Binkley's


    6920 E Cave Creek Rd
    classically influenced gourmet American cuisine
    Pinnacle Peak
  • Mastro's Steakhouse

    Mastro's Steakhouse

    8852 E Pinnacle Peak Rd
    Recognized for exquisite Steakhouses and Ocean Club Seafood houses. Locations in Beverly Hills, Thousand Oaks, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach, CA, Scottsdale, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and Chicago!
    North Scottsdale
  • Pita Jungle (Scottsdale)

    Pita Jungle (Scottsdale)

    7366 E Shea Blvd
    Pita Jungle is one of Arizona's most original restaurants. The food, offers an eclectic blend of fresh ingredients. Pita Jungle is “the art of eating healthy”.
    North Scottsdale
  • Olive and Ivy

    Olive and Ivy

    7135 E Camelback Rd
    Fresh. Fun. Chic. Unique. Boutique restaurant group with 13 original restaurant concepts & 33 locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Nevada, & Texas. For menus & location information visit
    South Scottsdale
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