18 Best Day Trips from Scottsdale, AZ That Prove West is Best

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 enough cool weather, but hey, who cares when there is so  much to do!

McDowell Mountains

They’re one of the best day trips from Scottsdale city center because of their accessibility and drop-dead gorgeousness!

Papago Park is home to a popular Phoenix area trail known as Hole in the Rock. The park may seem small, but it’s about 1,500 acres of rolling desert hills!

Papago Park

It is home to cute coffee shops, plant shops, Instagrammable photo locations, and other hidden gems.

Downtown Phoenix

If you’ve been feening to jump into a kayak or ride a  scenic cruise, then it sounds like a trip to Saguaro Lake might be what  you need!

Saguaro Lake

This mountain range is also known for some of its desert  backpacking trails, where you can sleep under a shimmering blanket of  stars.

Superstition Mountains

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