A Complete Guide to Arizona
Road Trip Travel
Arizona will always have a special place in my heart. I grew up going to Arizona basically every summer and those are some of my best memories. The desert landscape is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. All the saguaros are so majestic and you can’t go wrong with a desert sunset. Sedona, Lake Havasu City, Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction and Scottsdale are some of my favorite areas in Arizona. Arizona will forever be my happy place.
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Where to stay in Arizona
Hotel Adeline, Scottsdale, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Trendy hotel with vintage-chic rooms, plus an outdoor pool, cafe restaurant and whisky bar in Scottsdale.
Talking Stick Resort
Luxe property not too far from downtown Scottsdale with contemporary rooms and suites.
Orange Tree Resort
Experience the beauty of the Arizona desert at Orange Tree Resort AZ, where lush landscapes, comfortable accommodations and a serene ambiance come together to create a relaxing and memorable stay in Scottsdale.
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Things to do in Arizona
Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction - The most mysterious mountain range I have seen and such a unique shape.
Sedona Pink Jeep Tour - One of the best experiences I’ve had in Arizona. Takes you out in the Sedona desert so you can see sights that you can’t see by car
Salt River Tubing or paddle boarding - If you want to see some desert beauty and wild horses, this is an adventure option for you
Drive around and look at big beautiful houses - Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills are some of my favorite areas.
Canyon lake - Drive down the beautiful mountain road to Canyon Lake.
Horseback riding - There are many horse stables in the area to go horseback riding for the day.
Old town Scottsdale - Unique architecture and beautiful shops and boutiques.
Desert Botanical Garden - Everything desert garden related! This is a must see to see what kind of plant life the desert has to offer
Resort Pass - Download this app and you can get a day pass at select hotels in the city areas. Want to chill by a classy hotel pool for a day? This app is for you.
Places to eat & drink in Arizona
Hopdoddy Burger Bar - Truffle fries!! Unique burger options.
Kasai Japanese Steakhouse - Vibes were vibin and the sushi was amazing.
Sumo Maya - Fusion restaurant that has epic food. Tulum meets Scottsdale.
Diego pops- Brussel sprout nachos…Try them, you will thank me later. I also love the aesthetic of this restaurant.
Dilla Libre - Any kind of quesadilla you can imagine, and they have the best churros.
DeFalco’s- Italian deli/eatery with the best lemoncello cake.
Postino - Bruschetta Board. Run don’t walk.
Culinary Dropout - Great place to go with friends and great gastropub-type food.
Pemberton- Food trucks and shopping in a vibey outdoor market atmosphere.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Emily Johnson’s guide, Best Family Resorts in Arizona.
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