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Day Trips from Scottsdale AZ

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Scottsdale, Arizona, never ceases to amaze me. There’s cactus (duh), world-class resorts, MOUNTAINS— I mean, no wonder it’s coined, “The West’s Most Western Town.” And guess what? Red rocks, SNOW, urban sprawl, and national parks are all quick day trips from Scottsdale. Like what doesn’t this place have to offer? Okay, maybe, generally speaking, not […]

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10 Best Old Town Scottsdale Happy Hour Spots for Stellar Drinks & Bites

Old Town Scottsdale is where you’ll find blue skies, mountain views, biking paths, shops, and amazing restaurants. But you know what else is waiting for you there? A bomb @$$ Old Town Scottsdale happy hour! Whether at a swanky hotel or a scenic rooftop lounge, happy hour is the perfect excuse to explore the Old […]

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weekend in scottsdale az itinerary

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Ultimate Weekend in Scottsdale Itinerary for a Memorable Getaway

Retro vibes, cactus, cowboy culture, luxury, hot air balloon rides—this is Scottsdale, Arizona at a glance! It’s like a little treasure chest just waiting for you to sort through all of its golden goodies, which is exactly why you need to spend a weekend in Scottsdale ASAP. What’s also great about this desert city is […]

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Hiking Bell Rock Vortex Sedona, AZ (Ultimate Trail Guide)

Of all the vortexes you can visit in Sedona, Bell Rock should be among the top of your list, for sure. Bell Rock Vortex got its name from the red rock formation’s unique bell shape. But you probably could’ve guessed that, huh? You might not know, though, that this Sedona gem is an amazing sunset […]

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Complete Guide to Airport Mesa Vortex Sedona (Maps Included)

Airport Mesa Vortex in Sedona, AZ, is one of the area’s most accessible vortexes AND just so happens to be an amazing place to watch the sunset in Sedona. When you get there, you’ll be embraced with a giant hug of vortex energy and have a view of epic rock formations like Thunder Mountain and […]

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Hiking Sugarloaf Trail Sedona: Most Underrated & Beautiful Hike

Gosh, I’ve been to Sedona more times than I can count, but why I NEVER hiked up Sugarloaf Mountain until now is beyond me. Sugarloaf Trail Sedona has to be one of the most underrated hikes in the area. I mean it! Yes, Sedona is where you’ll find epic places like Cathedral Rock Vortex and […]

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Hiking Bear Mountain Trail: A Majestic Sedona Summit

Hiking Bear Mountain Trail Sedona is a real treat. Yes, this hike is a bit more strenuous than other Sedona trails, but the views are extraordinary.  As a matter of fact, on a clear morning, you can witness the first hot air balloons in flight over Sedona.  Talk about a way to see the sunrise! […]

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Solider Pass Trail Sedona, AZ: Ultimate Guide to this Epic Hike

Soldier Pass Trail in Sedona, AZ, is a classic! It’s known for popular landmarks like Devil’s Kitchen and Seven Sacred Pools. The famous sinkhole and natural pools are visited by millions each year because they’re unique to the trail. But do you know what else you can find on Soldier Pass Trail? A secret cave—what? […]

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Birthing Cave Hike Sedona, AZ – How to Get There + Map

Famous for its iconic teardrop shape and sacred (oooooh) powers, visitors near and far visit Birthing Cave in Sedona, Arizona, to marvel at its existence. Believe it or not, this cave used to be relatively hush-hush and hard to find. As a result, it was primarily visited by locals! But over time, the Birthing Cave […]

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Most Instagrammable Places in Phoenix Arizona

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22 Instagrammable Places in Phoenix, Arizona + Map (Local Recs)

Sure, Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and known for its eye-blindingly pink sunsets, food scene, and warm summers, but what if I told you it was also a photo lover’s oasis? If you’re used to #DoinItForTheGram, the most Instagrammable places in Phoenix should be next on your shot list! You heard me! This post […]

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