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Sunny Scottsdale is called the most live-able city for a reason. In the middle of the dry land of Arizona, thrives this beautiful city full of life. As Arizona is now called by most “The New Silicon Valley” it is attracting a lot of companies and businesses in Healthcare, Technology and other industries.
Being a business person, chances are very high that you will somehow end up visiting sunny Scottsdale. In this article, we shed light on places that you absolutely should and can visit after 5:00 pm.
If you are visiting Scottsdale, you absolutely need to visit Old Town Scottsdale for a taste of Western heritage. It is the Southwest’s most rich city in culture, cuisine and art.
How to Get to Scottsdale, AZ
The main Airport that serves the area is Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, located about 8 miles away from the heart of Old town Scottsdale. From the Airport, I find catching an Uber/Lyft ride the easiest way to get to Scottsdale. Otherwise, you can take a Taxi a bus ride or drive your own rental car.
It is easy to get around Scottsdale. There are the usual ways of driving your own car or the bus, but there are also fun ways to explore Scottsdale.
Where to Eat in Scottsdale for Dinner
The Mission Old Town // This is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Old Town with good food and drinks selection. The restaurant has a good vibe to it as it stands between casual and high end. It is located right next to the first church that was built in the area also called “The Mission” // 3815 N Brown Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Barrio Queen // My favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. Very chill and relaxed. If you order guacamole, they will bring the whole cart and make it in front of you (A quick tutorial so that you can try it at home) // 7114 E Stetson Dr Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Olive & Ivy // This restaurant is more at the higher end side, the good thing about it is that it has a nice view on the Scottsdale canal. // 7135 E Camelback Rd #195, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Arizona BBQ Shack // This is the place for you if you are craving slow-smoked meats or skillet mac ‘n’ cheese in a comfy, casual space with a full bar. // 8471 E McDonald Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Culinary Dropout // This American cuisine restaurant offers a variety of food and drink selections, but what I like most is their live music. You are in for a treat. // 7135 E Camelback Rd #125, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Fun Things to do in Scottsdale
Scottsdale Water Front // Start your adventure from the most sophisticated community in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale. The waterfront is located between Scottsdale Road and Marshall Way at 7135 E Camelback Rd., Ste. 155 Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Here you can choose one of many restaurants in the area. I recommend checking out Olive & Ivy by the water front or Barrio Queen if you want to enjoy some Mexican food.
Scottsdale Civic Center // From there, head to the Civic Center. This area features nice fountains, restaurants, museums and the famous “LOVE” Sculpture. Also, did I forget mentioning citrus trees? There are plenty of them! One of the reasons why the city was going to be named “Orangedale” instead. The Civic Center is located at 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 and you can easily get there.
The Cowboy Sign // Stop by the intersection of Main street and N Scottsdale to meet our famous cowboy welcoming you to Scottsdale. On the east side of Main Street, you will find a lot of shops featuring South western culture. On the east side of Main Street (and especially if it is a Tuesday) you are in for a treat to enjoy the famous Scottsdale Art Walk, a tradition that has been running for about 40 years. This is basically where most galleries open their doors to the public every Tuesday evening.
Hole in the Rock at Papago Park // If you’d rather enjoy some desert cacti and red rocks, head to Papago Park located at 625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008. This park has a “Hole” lot to offer: hiking trails, biking trails and picnic areas. To keep it simple and easy, hike up to “Hole in the Rock” a series of openings in a small sandstone hill formed 15 million years ago.
Camelback Mountain // If you are on the very adventurous side of the spectrum, then grab your shoes, water, a headlight and hike up to Camelback mountain. This is not an easy hike, but it is soo worth it. If you can catch the sunset from the top of the mountain, I guarantee you will never forget about sunny Scottsdale.
Photos and Guide by Habiba Kelfi | Trekking Pals
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- North Shore, Oahu, HI After 5:00 pm
- St. Petersburg, FL After 5:00 pm
- River North, Chicago After 5:00 pm
- San Francisco’s Financial District After 5:00 pm
- Plano, TX After 5:00 pm