After a day of outdoor activities, such as hiking, sightseeing, baseball, and flower watching, it's time to enjoy the evening in Scottsdale. The beautiful Scottsdale Boardwalk, located between Old Town and Scottsdale's thriving Fashion Square, is the perfect spot for dinner and drinks. The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a must-visit for any tourist in Scottsdale. This one-of-a-kind place is free to explore and features a 15-inch railroad track, a Magma Arizona Railroad locomotive, and four impressive model railroad clubs.
Inside the model railroad building, visitors can also find an interactive railway museum with fascinating pieces from the history of the railway industry. Butterfly Wonderland is another great attraction in Scottsdale. Here, visitors can watch the educational 3D movie “The Flight of the Butterflies”, attend community workshops and nature programs, and enjoy delicious snacks at the cafeteria. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop before leaving! The McDowell Sonoran Reserve is located on the frontline of the Sonoran Desert.
With 30,000 acres along the east side of Scottsdale, it's one of the city's most fun places to explore for nature lovers. There are more than 100 miles of trails with varying levels of difficulty to meet the needs of most visitors. The Penske Racing Museum is a must-see for racing fans. This museum has numerous cars used to win races and trophies won over the years.
Visitors can also find replicas of cars like the 1963 Pontiac Catalina, which won the 1963 Riverside 250 and was driven by Roger Penske himself. Pinnacle Peak Park is an adobe-inspired structure built in 1975 by Benne Gonzales, a local architect. It offers a 3.75-mile trail that climbs 400 meters to the same height as Pinnacle Peak itself. The Wester Spirit Museum has information on all 19 Western states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
With an area of more than 35,000 square feet, it exhibits 77 works by artists and expert staff willing to answer questions. The Parada del Sol is the largest horse-drawn parade in the world and consists of nearly 150 floats, parties and companies that travel along Scottsdale Road every February. Octane Raceway has a third-mile track with electric European racing karts that produce no emissions and reach speeds of 72 km/h. Racing fans will love this place! Cowboy College opened in 1969 and offers classes taught by Rocco Wachman, who was part of the original Cowboy series on Country Music Television. Arizona is famous for its wine, with more than 100 different partner wineries. The Desert Botanical Garden is home to more than 200 different species of flora, with more than 7,000 individual plants fed and kept healthy in an underwater reservoir.
Scottsdale has something for everyone! From outdoor activities to museums and wineries, there are plenty of attractions to explore during your stay.