More Things to Do in Scottsdale When Visiting ‘Chihuly in the Desert’
Scottsdale’s stirring Sonoran Desert setting is the perfect backdrop for a memorable getaway. After your visit to Chihuly in the Desert at Taliesin West and the Desert Botanical Garden, it’s time to experience relaxation, excitement and discovery in a whole new way.
Sonoran Desert Excursions
Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline pumping adventure or a low-key outing, there are countless ways to experience Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert. Go off-road with a desert tour by Jeep, Hummer, ATV or horseback. Soar above the mountains and desert washes in a hot air balloon or on a helicopter tour. Get up close to nature at Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, offering 225 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Interactive Scottsdale Experiences
Scottsdale offers a new collection of expertly curated experiences that will introduce you to Scottsdale like you’ve never seen it before. These immersive tours and workshops provide unparalleled access to Scottsdale’s most popular local businesses and attractions.
Unforgettable Arts & Museums
The Scottsdale Arts District is brimming with galleries showing works in a variety of genres, from Western and Native American to contemporary and expressionist. Don’t miss the Thursday night ArtWalk, when galleries stay open late and share special exhibits, artist demonstrations and entertainment. Our can’t-miss museums offer a variety of experiences from world music at the Musical Instrument Museum, Native American Culture at the Heard Museum, cutting-edge creativity at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the pioneer spirit at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.
Award-Winning Dining & Old Town Nightlife
Scottsdale is home to an amazing dining scene with more than 800 restaurants providing everything from fine dining, casual cocktails, family fun or anything in between. In the heart of it all, Old Town Scottsdale offers nine walkable neighborhoods with a unique collection of shops, restaurants and nearly 100 nightlife options, ranging from neighborhood pubs, craft cocktail bars, swanky lounges and high-energy nightclubs.
Pair Scottsdale’s unique landscape with 330 days of annual sunshine and 200 area golf courses and you have a golf lover’s dream! Make the most of this unparalleled global golf destination by enjoying unexpectedly green, lush fairways on the city’s traditional tracks or test your skills on desert target-style courses dotted with towering saguaro cacti and bordered by billion-year-old rock formations.
Long touted as a spa mecca, Scottsdale is home to more than 50 resort and day spas inspired by healing traditions from around the world. Many incorporate indigenous Sonoran Desert ingredients, ancient Native American healing techniques and the serenity of our desert surroundings into their offerings.