Enjoy the Great Outdoors With These Sightseeing Tours Around Scottsdale

When you think of Scottsdale, what images come to mind? Do you envision the lush Sonoran Desert, the lively downtown district or the endless landscape of culture? Scottsdale has these features and more, and joining a sightseeing tour is the perfect way to take it all in. There are some great tours available that allow you to enjoy the fresh air while discovering this incredible city.

Arizona Outback Adventures Bike Tour through the beautiful Sonoran Desert at Usery Mountain Regional Park - Photo by Visit Mesa @VisitMesa

Arizona Outback Adventures Bike Tour through the beautiful Sonoran Desert at Usery Mountain Regional Park – Photo by Visit Mesa @VisitMesa

Take an Off-road Adventure 

For a truly unique experience, check out Desert Wolf Tours. You’ll be in command of a military-style UTV as you explore the rocky wilderness. Expect to see some unbelievable points of interest, including ghost towns and authentic Indian ruin sites. You can also choose Desert Storm Hummer Tours for an equally exhilarating ride through the fascinating desert terrain.

Desert Wolf Tours - Photo by Kieran Carson ‏@KieranCarson

Desert Wolf Tours – Photo by Kieran Carson ‏@KieranCarson

Offroad Adventures in the Sonoran desert - Desert Wolf Tours - Photo by Lindsay Taub ‏@lindsaytaub

Offroad Adventures in the Sonoran desert – Desert Wolf Tours – Photo by Lindsay Taub ‏@lindsaytaub

Epic Adventures AZ and Wild West Jeep Tours offer educational desert excursions focusing on Scottsdale’s interesting history. The guides are knowledgeable and passionate, so you’ll be entertained from start to finish. For more personalized sightseeing, consider Paradise Private Jeep Tours. You’ll get a private narrated tour of historic Old Town, the gorgeous Paradise Valley and other hot spots.

Green Zebra Adventures driving a Tomcat around a Native American Indian Reserve Photo by Iain Bell ‏@knowles869

Green Zebra Adventures driving a Tomcat around a Native American Indian Reserve Photo by Iain Bell ‏@knowles869

Cruise Through Scenic Terrain

Tour De Tavern, an open-air ride on a multiperson bike, is one of the most amusing tours in Scottsdale. As you pedal through Old Town with your private party, your guide’s narrative combined with the bystanders’ looks of bewilderment will keep you laughing. If you’d rather control your own bike, Pedego Scottsdale and Ezy Ebikes offer private tours on one-person electric bikes.

Desert Mountain biking in Scottsdale - Photo by  Jeffrey James Keyes ‏@jjkeyes Dec 12 2014

Desert Mountain biking in Scottsdale – Photo by Jeffrey James Keyes ‏@jjkeyes Dec 12 2014

Arizona Outback Adventures and Epic Adventures AZ are also perfect for taking a rolling journey through the Southwest. With Arizona Outback Adventures, you can choose a mountain, road or hybrid bike, and the trails range from wide-open and casual to twisting and tricky. Epic Adventures AZ presents two tours: a relaxing downhill ride and an uphill mountain challenge. You may also enjoy a Segway tour, which involves gliding down the roads on your own two-wheeled motorized vehicle.

The top options are:

  • Segway Tour of Old Town Scottsdale
  • Segway Tours Fort McDowell
  • Segway of Scottsdale
Scottsdale Segway Tours in the desert 26 Jan 2014 - Photo by Lorryn Zephier ‏@heylorryn

Scottsdale Segway Tours in the desert 26 Jan 2014 – Photo by Lorryn Zephier ‏@heylorryn

Scottsdale Segway Tours in the city- Photo by Caribe Devine ‏@CaribeDevine

Scottsdale Segway Tours in the city- Photo by Caribe Devine ‏@CaribeDevine

 

Climb Your Way to Happiness

Just Roughin’ It offers a four-day hiking trip through the beautiful Superstition Mountains and Sonoran Desert. Facing nature head-on as you hike through a vast mountain range can be extraordinarily satisfying. For an easier outing, try Front Range Climbing Company. You may get lucky enough to find a secluded rock-climbing zone in the majestic McDowell Mountains.

Rock Climbing at Pinnacle Peak near Scottsdale - Photo by Spacephx ‏@spacephx

Rock Climbing at Pinnacle Peak near Scottsdale – Photo by Spacephx ‏@spacephx

If climbing mountains isn’t your specialty, you can still be one with nature by selecting a private walking tour with My Arizona Guide. Stroll through the flourishing desert, and learn about Arizona’s ecosystems, archaeology and geology as you go. All the hiking guides at these companies are energetic and experienced professionals, and safety is always a priority.

Pink Gila monster spotted during a guided tour in Sonoran Desert - Photo by Desert Mitchell Carson ‏@MitchellTCarson

Pink Gila monster spotted during a guided tour in Sonoran Desert – Photo by Desert Mitchell Carson from Boston ‏@MitchellTCarson

Savor Your Experience

Food tours and beer tastings take sightseeing to the next level. You can dine on delectable dishes and sip scrumptious wines and beers while learning about Arizona’s culinary and beverage industries. Some of the more mouthwatering options include Ron’s Brews Cruise, Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale, A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale and the Old Town Wine Tasting Tour.

Experience Cave Creek Outfitters

Horseback trail riding with Cave Creek Outfitters is a true Arizona adventure!

Horseback riding - Cave Creek Outfitters - Photo by Mark Kaech ‏@markkaech

Horseback Riding – Cave Creek Outfitters – Photo by Mark Kaech from Phoenix ‏@markkaech

Horseback Riding at Cave Creek Outfitters - Photo by Cory Kennedy ‏@Cory_Kennedy 23 Nov 2012

Horseback Riding at Cave Creek Outfitters – Photo by Cory Kennedy ‏From New York  @Cory_Kennedy

Relax on a Horse at Cave Creek Outfitters - Photo by Elizabeth Acampora ‏@Day_dreamer114

Relax on a Horse at Cave Creek Outfitters – Photo by Elizabeth Acampora from New Jersey  ‏@Day_dreamer114

 

Fly with Desert Splash Adventures

Arizona adventures with the only seaplane in Phoenix area! www.desertsplashadventures.com

Threading the Needle on Desert Splash AZ Autonomous Tent Co. ‏@AutonomousTent

Threading the Needle on Desert Splash AZ – Photo by Autonomous Tent Co. from Denver ‏@AutonomousTent

Desert Splash Adventures - Photo by Ottosen Photography ‏@OttosenPhoto

Desert Splash Adventures – Photo by Ottosen Photography ‏@OttosenPhoto

Desert Splash Adventures 2 - Photo by Ottosen Photography ‏@OttosenPhoto

Desert Splash Adventures 2 – Photo by Ottosen Photography ‏from Phoenix

Brunch on the water #DesertSplashAZ - Photo Saeculum Cellars ‏@saeculumcellars

Brunch on the water #DesertSplashAZ – Photo Saeculum Cellars from Cochise County Arizona ‏@saeculumcellars

Take our Famous Trolley in old Town Scottsdale

Scottsdale has three regular trolley routes and one seasonal route to help you get around town. www.scottsdaleaz.gov/trolley

Trolley passing through at Old Town Scottsdale - Photo by Molly Brush ‏@mollykahr

Trolley passing through at Old Town Scottsdale – Photo by Molly Brush from Phoenix ‏@mollykahr

Everyone is having fun on the trolley! 26 Feb 2014 - Photo by Shelby Robertson ‏@shelbywankenobi

Everyone is having fun on the trolley! 26 Feb 2014 – Photo by Shelby Robertson from Phoenix ‏@shelbywankenobi

Downtown Scottsdale Trolley Tour - Photo by Lisa Balmes ‏@lbalmes

Downtown Scottsdale Trolley Tour – Photo by Lisa Balmes from Oregon ‏@lbalmes

Scottsdale Trolley Jan 30 2015 Photo by Scott Kendall ‏@scottckendall

Scottsdale Trolley Jan 30 2015 Photo by Scott Kendall from Dana Point ‏@scottckendall

Discover the Salt River

Guided whitewater raft trips in the majestic Salt River Canyon! a day trip away from Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff, Arizona. http://www.raftthesalt.com

Rafting Salt River AZ - Oct 10 2014 - Photo by Mariam Boabbas ‏@MuLaN15

Rafting Salt River AZ – Oct 10 2014 – Photo by Mariam Boabbas ‏from Kuwait @MuLaN15

Rafting Salt River AZ 2 - Oct 10 2014 - Photo by Mariam Boabbas ‏@MuLaN15

Rafting Salt River AZ 2 – Oct 10 2014 – Photo by Mariam Boabbas ‏@MuLaN15

No matter what sightseeing venture you sign up for, you won’t believe the wonders you’ll see just by spending some time outside. Each of these tours will give you some insight into the history and cultural impact of Scottsdale, but the outdoor aspect adds something special. You’ll have a front row seat for viewing the charm and splendor of the Old West.

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Gratefully,

Thunderbird Suites

 

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