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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Fly with Desert Splash Adventures
Arizona adventures with the only seaplane in Phoenix area! www.desertsplashadventures.com
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
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
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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