I have been visiting Scottsdale for the last six years and have come to call it my second home. Located twenty minutes Northeast of Phoenix, Scottsdale is known by most for its golf courses and spas.
Or if you would prefer an view of the ocean, you can visit OdySea Aquarium as it hold the record for the largest aquarium in the Southwest United States. It holds more than two million US gallons of water and spans over two hundred thousand square feet with thirty thousand animals and five hundred different species in fifty exhibits. I have spent a solid day in there looking at all the sea animals and learning about them. Perhaps you have always wanted to swim with the dolphins, then Dolphinaris Arizona is your destination with many different types of dolphin interactions.
Driving downtown, you cannot help but notice its focal point of Camelback Mountain with its hiking trails and points of view.
If sea life is not for you, Butterfly Wonderland is located right next to the aquarium and it is a huge interactive rainforest habitat that is home to thousands of butterflies.
Not your idea of a fun filled after noon? Try one of the eighteen different golf courses located within the greater Scottsdale area or one of the twelve different spas. Old Town Scottsdale as been around since 1894 and is now home to numerous night clubs, boutiques and restaurants it is your number one stop for fun, excitement and a good time. It also houses the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
Fashion Square is one stop shopping destination with over one hundred different stores to meet every fashionista’s need. There is also Premiere Cinema located inside the mall with fourteen screens to keep you entertained. The seats are all recliners which allow you to literally put your feet up and watch the movie in comfort and class.
Not sure where to stay? There are over 50 hotels in the greater Scottsdale area each with a price point that can meet the needs of every type of traveller.