1. Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) showcases 6,500 instruments collected from around the world in detailed vignettes wired for sound; guests simple stroll into range wearing headphones to hear music samples and native tongues. Instruments from music icons such as Bob Marley, John Lennon, Taylor Swift, and Elvis Presley are displayed too. MIM also regularly presents live performances.
2. Experience the Quarter
Shop, dine, and experience among 70 stores and restaurants, many exclusive to Scottsdale. The first names in fashion and the last words in fine art. Venues with tantalizing menus, kickin' cocktails, soothing ambiance, service to beat the band - and, come to think of, maybe a band.
3. Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
This Smithsonian Affiliate museum was named 2017's Best Western Museum in the nation by True West magazine. Find regularly changing exhibits of Western art, Old West artifacts and historic Native American objects on loan from some of the world's foremost collectors and institutions.
4. Downtown Scottsdale - Where the Old West Meets the New West
From carriage rides to singing cowboys, from food to fashion, and from art galleries to nightlife, the Scottsdale Downtown Districts feature a variety of dining, shopping, hotels, special events, arts and entertainment catering to every visitor and resident. Explore Downtown Scottsdale and find your next piece of art, idea, and experience. Park once and explore all that Downtown Scottsdale has to offer on the FREE TROLLEY around the city.
5. Scottsdale's Arts District
Located in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale's Arts District, this pedestrian-friendly area is home to streets lined with art galleries and museums. View everything from paintings by masters such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Norman Rockwell to sculptures by Dave McGary to original works by locally based artists such as Andrea de Kerpely-Zak. On Thursday nights, the area buzzes with the free ArtWalk gallery crawl.
Main Street west of Scottsdale Road; Marshall Way north of Indian School Road | scottsdalegalleries.com
6. Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) used to spend his winters on a sun-baked Scottsdale mountainside, challenging his apprentices to live in shelters of their own creation, then treating them to evenings of refined cultural entertainment. Taliesin West was both his residence and his student's learning laboratory, and today it remains one of five Wright-designed structures in Arizona open to the public.
7. Barrett-Jackson Auction
With a usual crowd of more than 350,000 attendees throughout the multi-day event, this largest, longest-running of the collector automobile auctions has become a winter tradition. Held during January, Barrett-Jackson finds auctioneers pounding gavels on a drive-through stage while guests also experience Dodge thrill rides, automobilia auctions and arena polo matches.
8. Waste Management Phoenix Open
This fifth-oldest tournament on the PGA TOUR is also one of the most talked about. The 16th hole is famous for its party atmosphere - not to mention Tiger Wood's 1997 hole-in-one. In 2017, there was another record-breaking weekly total attendance of 655,434 fans over the seven-day event, breaking the 618,365 attendance record from 2016. Past players and winners include Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson, Tom Lehman, Arnold Palmer and Bubba Watson.
9. OdySea Aquarium
The largest aquarium in the Southwest spans two levels and features more than 50 exhibits and 30,000 animals, including sharks, otters, penguins, sea lions, and rays. Visitors ride the only Living Sea Carousel in the world, view a 3-D movie, and ride a giant submerged escalator deep into the "ocean" while surrounded by thousands of sea creatures. Is your group or organization planning a special outing or tour? Master’s Touch Christian Charter Services & Tours can assist in your travel plans.
10. Butterfly Wonderland
Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in America, and should certainly top your list of “Things to do in Arizona” whether you’re a tourist or a local. A one-of-a-kind experience, and one of the best activities for families and visitors of all ages, this amazing state-of-the-art facility includes a magnificent glass atrium that provides the ideal tropical rainforest habitat where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely; a state-of-the-art theater for viewing the impressive and educational “Flight of the Butterflies” 3D movie; interactive nature exhibits for children, “Rivers of the Amazon,” a gift shop and a café.
11. Phoenix Art Museum
Imagine your new home near a place that will engage your creativity and enhance your education and sense of cultural community. A place where you can explore a collection of more than 17,000 works and experience new exhibitions that are sure to enrich your soul. Connect with Phoenix Art Museum - it's relationship like no other.
12. Phoenix Zoo
Enter a world of wonder and discovery at the Phoenix Zoo. This zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals, including mountain lions, giraffes, elephants, bears and bald eagles, amazing exhibits and up-close animal encounters. Walk through Monkey Village, pet and brush goats in the Red Barn, take in a show at the 4-D theater, and ride the Safari Train. Kids can bring swimsuits and enjoy the water play areas too during spring/summer. The Zoo is like no other place in the Valley!
13. The Children's Museum of Phoenix
Rated one of the top 10 children's museums in the country, here is a place where imagination and fun are encouraged through exploration. The space is designed for children up to age 10, and offers more than 300 interactive play areas. Kids can shop in the "market,'" fun through the noodle forest, ride a tricycle through a "car wash" and more.
14. Camelback Mountain
Drivers orient themselves by it, hikers test their stamina on it, and visitors take pictures from it. Camelback Mountain is the tallest (2,704 feet) and most easily identified (shape of a reclining camel) landmark in central Phoenix. If you're feeling sure-footed and well-hydrated, greet the camel on a summit hike originating in Paradise Valley or Scottsdale. If you're into epic sightseeing with a side of upscale cuisine, admire him from a genteel resort patio on the north or south slope.
Echo Canyon trail: McDonald Drive east of Tatum Blvd., Paradise Valley; Cholla trail: 64th Street and Cholla Lane (north of Camelback Road), Scottsdale phoenix.gov/parks
15. The Spa Scene
Relaxation is taken very seriously in the Valley of the Sun. Day spas and "mind-body-spirit" havens comprise a large industry - and for more than just tending cuticles and relieving sore muscles. At the Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, guest enjoys a rooftop pool, grotto waterfall, and outdoor fitness adventures, in addition to treatments like acupuncture and the Desert Serenity Body Wrap. The Spa at the Boulders Resort & Spa features a meditation labyrinth, and the Aji Spa at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass offers the only authentic Native American spa menu in existence. Unique treatments and indulgent services are offered at all of the many destinations, providing a welcoming, relaxing experience.
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