Cacti, Cowboys and So Much More: Scottsdale’s Unique Biodiversity, Wild West History and Thriving Art Scene Attracts More Visitors Each Year
Scottsdale, Arizona is becoming an increasingly popular vacation spot, but it has long been home to unique geological wonders, captivating American history and ongoing cultural events that keep locals from ever wanting to leave. If you’re one of the many people to recently discover this awesome city, be sure not to miss these events and attractions.
Arizona Sunset Tour & Cowboy Dinner at the Sonoran Desert
Anyone who thinks that deserts are baron and unlivable will be pleasantly surprised by the Sonoran Desert. Home to the iconic sentinel saguaro, gigantic cacti that sprout from the sand, the Sonoran is actually the second most biologically diverse ecosystem on Earth. Arizona Desert Events offers Jeep tours from which tourists can watch the sunset over the McDowell Mountains. Finish your afternoon with a mesquite grilled steak at the local authentic western restaurant located in a former general store that once serviced cowboys.
Arizona is home to some of the most talented artists in the U.S., and Scottsdale’s finest craftsmen get a chance to showcase their work every Thursday night from 7p.m.-9p.m. during the Scottsdale ArtWalk. For three decades, locals and tourists have flooded downtown Scottsdale’s galleries to admire an ever-changing array of paintings and sculptures. If you get tired of walking, hitch a ride on a horse-drawn carriage tour of downtown.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation preserves the memory of one of the world’s most gifted architects. Housed in a massive studio built by the artist himself, the Foundation offers numerous tours of the many masterpieces constructed by Wright. Wright is famous for incorporating his architecture into its geographical environment and blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living spaces.
McDonald’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Car Show at the Pavilion
The Rock ‘N’ Roll car show is any automobile fanatic’s dream come true. The Pavilion has been hosting hundreds of vintage motorcycles and cars every month for decades, making Rock ‘N’ Roll the oldest continually running car showcase.
The Native American Experience
Until the end of May, 2014, people in Scottsdale have a unique opportunity to spend the day with the first people to live in Arizona. Visitors will witness and participate in traditional Native American ceremonies and tribal dances.
The Philharmonic Concert Series (free)
As evidenced by recent full houses at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, classical music is far from a dying art. The Scottsdale Philharmonic organization brings free orchestral shows to audiences of all ages thanks to the efforts of classically trained volunteer musicians.
If you really want the full old west experience, Wild West Celebration will not disappoint you. Take a ride in a stagecoach, pan for gold, pet a goat and visit old fashioned stores like Sweet Sally’s Confection and a real life blacksmith. To top it off, hop on a hot air balloon and watch the wagon-wheel stage shows from the sky.