Scale the Walls
Every climber knows that Scottsdale is a hotspot with Sedona, Paradise
Forks, Pinnacle Peak, and McDowell’s being area favorites. If you know what
trad means and you’ve got your own gear, then you’re ready to go. First timers
may want to head to the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School to learn the
tricks of the trade before jumping on the rocks.
As you may have heard, the Grand Canyon is in Arizona! Just four hours
away is one of the most majestic landmarks in the world. Tour the entire state
with Across Arizona Tours through the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and the Navajo
Reservation. Or, grab a rental car (preferably a Jeep for off road excursions) and
jump on the highway.
Take a Load Off
In the midst of all of this outdoor adventure, be sure to treat yourself. Starting with hotel suggestions, this section could be summed up in four words -
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. You’ll find the Well & Being Spa inside,
which is quite simply a dream come true. It’s exactly what the doctor orders
after a five-day Upper Salt White Water tour.
Honestly though, there are more top-notch spas and hotels than I have room
to list, so you really can’t go wrong. Morracan-themed Joya Spa and the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (a truly Zen retreat) are among the top picks.
As for refueling, the foodie in you has definitely come to the right town.
Three-time James Beard Award nominee, FnB is the place to be for some of
the finest food in Scottsdale. But if you’re staying at the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, there’s no better place for farm-fresh cuisine with an Asian-American twist and a gorgeous view of the mountain from the patio.
The Old Town Tortilla Factory is another popular spot for patio dining,
complete with 100-year-old shade trees, margaritas made with one of 140-plus
tequilas on hand, and chipotle everything.
For the Italian-lover, Pomo Cucina & Pizzeria Napoletana is a pretty major
hit. And, as every good Italian knows, be sure to go hungry.
In Scottsdale, spoiling yourself and pushing yourself go really well together.
So get outdoors and then get to the spa and a lavish meal as quickly as possible.
For whatever floats your boat in any of those departments, Scottsdale has exactly what you’re looking for.