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9 Best Day Trips From Scottsdale

9 Best Day Trips From Scottsdale

When you think of Arizona, you think of open spaces, scorching heat, and that is probably what you’ll even find. But Scottsdale is the needed oasis in the center of it all. Replete with spas, modern conveniences, and golf courses, it has everything you would like for a nice getaway. You can also take the best day trips from Scottsdale and visit these 9 amazing places….

  1. Sedona 

Monolithic spires that reach the sky, covered in sandstone ochre hues, make Sedona really impressive. Sculpted through the years by weather, wind, and rain, it is like a work project of nature. A visit is worth seeing these gravity-defying structures. If you plan to stay for longer, accommodation is easily available and other diversions like golf courses. Drive time from Scottsdale: about 2 hours.

  1. Payson

Payson is home to the world’s oldest rodeo! If you are in Scottsdale, especially during the summer, Payson is worth the visit. This is also the time when the Rodeo is in full swing. The air here is fresher than most states since it is at the height of 5000 feet. You can even see snow if you’re visiting during the winter. Drive time from Scottsdale: about 90 minutes.

  1. Jerome 

Arizona locals love this place thanks to its excellent wineries and historic significance. Jerome is the main source of commerce and offers something different from other places in Arizona. Its museums and State Park status offer valuable insight into the historic mining area. Drive time from Scottsdale: about 2 hours.

  1. Phoenix 

Phoenix has it all: bars, museums, art galleries, restaurants, and also the most fascinating Desert Botanical Garden. This botanical garden displays the best native plants and their life in Arizona to their full potential. The state capital definitely deserves a visit if you’re in the neighborhood and are craving some bustling city life. Drive time from Scottsdale: about 30 minutes.

  1. Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot

Take a short drive to the north of Phoenix and you’ll find these two glorious monuments located one after another. They are both historically significant and very close to some abandoned villages. It is one of the best well-preserved indigenous lifestyle examples in the country. Drive time from Scottsdale: about 2 hours.

  1. Verde Valley

Known for its scenic beauty but also the very famous Verde Canyon Railroad. This is also very significant to mining history. The train passes through the land for 20 miles and includes important places with ancient roots. Drive time from Scottsdale: about 2 hours.

  1. Tucson 

If you love cities, Tucson is the second-largest city in Arizona and definitely worth a visit! You can take a bunch of scenic drives around the city and even explore some hidden spots on foot. There’s a wonderful array of bustling metropolis attractions like bars, restaurants, museums and more. Drive time from Scottsdale: about 2 hours.

  1. The Apache Trail

Running through the Superstition Mountains, this is another celebrated gem of Arizona! The Apache Trail has some of the most glorious sceneries alongside its even fascinating history. Drive time from Scottsdale: about 2 hours.

  1. Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

This is your destination if you are looking for a beautiful nature spot away from Scottsdale. It has vast open lands for biking, hiking, and all sorts of adventures. Vivid green areas and arid land, along with the ranch, make up most of the space. You can also explore the remains of past mines on your adventures. Drive time from Scottsdale: about 1 hour.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. these places are very charming and poetic, it has very beautiful loincloths from ancient times very sacred, it was created from violent wars or it was created by spirituality:

  2. Great post, Carmen! These are really poetic places in Scottsdale. One should go to trip of these beautiful places. Thank you!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I agree! Thanks for reading 🙂

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