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Day Trips from Scottsdale AZ

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Looking for the best day trips from Scottsdale, Arizona? Not surprised because Scottsdale 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 the city. […]

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cowboy sculpture on main street in old town scottsdale

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12 AMAZING Things To Do In Old Town Scottsdale ASAP

Old Town Scottsdale is the center area of Scottsdale, Arizona. This space is also known as Downtown, but because of the historic element of its streets and buildings, it’s been rebranded. Old Town is where you’ll find Scottsdale’s heart — from its artistic flair to its Western culture and everything in between.  I’ve been living in […]

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view of weavers needle from the loop in superstition mountains az

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14 Hikes in the Superstition Mountains, AZ with Amazing Views

Arizona’s Superstition Mountains are a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering awe-inspiring landscapes, unrivaled natural beauty, and a wealth of history and folklore. The best part? They’re in the Phoenix area so you don’t have to go too far to enjoy these! In this all-encompassing guide, we’ll uncover the best hikes in the Superstition Mountains, AZ, […]

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Utah Mighty 5 and Grand Canyon Itinerary: Ultimate Road Trip

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Utah Mighty 5 and Grand Canyon Itinerary: ULTIMATE Road Trip

Picture this: a red-rock wonderland dotted with dancing hoodoos, mesmerizing slot canyons, and countless natural arches that capture the perfect sunsets. Utah has quite the charm that largely attracts eager outdoor enthusiasts like hikers and rock climbers from all across the U.S. That’s why Utah’s national parks rank among the most visited recreation destinations in […]

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golden sunset on cathedral rock over sedona arizona

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Sedona’s 4 Most Popular Vortexes RANKED Best to Worst

Sedona’s landscape is visually stunning and a spiritual haven, home to several renowned vortexes – areas where energy is believed to be especially concentrated.  In this blog, we delve into Sedona’s most popular vortexes ranked best to worst.  Each offers a unique blend of natural beauty and spiritual energy, and I have been to all […]

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scottsdale food guide

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Scottsdale Food Guide, AZ — All The Best Places To Eat

Scottsdale, Arizona, oh how you’ve captured my culinary heart! With a food scene as vibrant and diverse as the stunning desert landscapes surrounding the city, Scottsdale deserves its own moment in the foodie spotlight.  This ultimate guide is full of my recommendations on where to eat in Scottsdale, whether you’re a first-time visitor or new […]

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36 hours in scottsdale

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36 Hours in Scottsdale: Weekend Itinerary & Travel Guide

Luxurious resorts, spas, world-class golf courses, towering saguaros, and rugged cliffs define Scottsdale in a nutshell. But there’s more to this city than what meets the eye. With this 36-hour itinerary, you’ll get the best of both worlds, from famous attractions to unique hidden gems — coming from someone who has lived in Scottsdale for […]

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A Day in Downtown Phoenix

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One Day in Phoenix | Best Downtown Attractions + Map

The country’s fifth largest city, the shining capital of Arizona state, and the jewel of the Sonoran Desert: it’s time to zone in on Phoenix. “The Valley” is a picturesque, sunny, year-round desert escape that’s far from dry, dull, or boring. Whether you’re after interesting discoveries, a booming nightlife scene, cultural explorations, or outdoor adventures, […]

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Ultimate Arizona Utah Road Trip Itinerary

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Perfect Arizona Utah Road Trip – Bucket List Southwest Itinerary

Imagine a world with endless sunrises and sunsets that are so beautiful they leave you feeling enchanted and unworthy of their presence all at the same time (kidding). The only world capable of this magical kind of spell is the USA Southwest. And if you’ve never been to this part of the States before, there’s […]

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scottsdale vs. phoenix

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ULTIMATE Scottsdale vs. Phoenix Desert City Guide | Local Recs

Need help deciding whether to visit Scottsdale or Phoenix? I’ve been there! Arizona’s sunny spots have a lot to offer. Phoenix is this big, lively place full of cool stuff to do, and Scottsdale? It’s more laid-back and classy. Hence, looking at Scottsdale vs. Phoenix could help plan your southwest trip. Both cities, nestled in […]

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