Matt and Sarah love to go on food tours, and we highly recommend taking one in Scottsdale. Old Town Food Tours will take you to some of the best restaurants in Scottsdale, and you will get to sample the southwest fare that the city is famous for. Most of the tours also stop at 5th and Wine, the restaurant where Sarah and Matt first met!
Old Town Scottsdale is Scottsdale’s city center. If it’s nightlife you’re looking for, Old Town has more bars, clubs, and restaurants than any other spot in the valley. If it’s not nightlife your after, Old Town is also famous for its art galleries, museums, and curio shops.
Within walking distance of Old Town, Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the largest malls in the country, and possibly Sarah’s favorite place in the city. Home to many unique retailers, you will find everything from department stores to hot sauce shops.
Scottsdale likes to call itself ‘The West’s Most Western City.’ One of the city’s newest attractions is the Museum of the West. Here you can see interactive multi-media experiences, learn about cowboys, lawmen and outlaws, see well known western artworks, and hear authentic stories of western life.
A must for visitors of all ages, but especially those with children, Matt and Sarah recommend the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Take a ride on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad and antique carousel. Visit a variety of shops and the railroad museum, play in one of the spacious playgrounds, or just relax in the grass under a tree or in one of the park’s picnic ramadas.
If it’s nature you’re after, Matt and Sarah recommend McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Nestled in the lower Verde River basin, the 21,099-acre park is a desert jewel in the northeast Valley. Elevations in the park rise to 3,000 feet along the western boundary at the base of the McDowell Mountains. Visitors enjoy a full program schedule, over 50 miles of multiuse trails, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges. A stroll through the park will allow visitors to likely see deer, javelina, birds, and coyotes.