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Scottsdale Arizona Attractions are close to the Scottsdale Resort

Scottsdale: A Day-tripper's Delight

Looking for Scottsdale, Arizona attractions to visit while on vacation in the beautiful Sonoran Desert? Book your stay at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, and enjoy all the benefits of a luxury resort and spa while spending your days exploring the area. Scottsdale's convenient location offers several day-tripping opportunities that make it the perfect place to call home base during your visit. Discover the rich history and natural beauty of the area during the day, and then head back to the resort to enjoy gourmet cuisine, a full-service spa and staff that's waiting to pamper you.


One of the top Scottsdale, Arizona attractions actually requires short and very scenic road trip to the north. Hop onto I-17 North to start the two-hour drive to Sedona. This quaint city offers a variety of boutiques, shops, galleries and museums, but it also features some stunning natural and historic landmarks that are a must see. Take a Pink Jeep Tour on the Broken Arrow trip which takes you to Red Rock or the Ancient Ruins tour where you can explore the awe-inspiring Indian cliff dwellings that were carved out by the natives hundreds of years ago. You can also head to the airport and arrange a breathtaking helicopter tour of the canyons, which is a truly fabulous experience.


Halfway between Phoenix and Tempe, Guadalupe is the next best thing to spending a day in Mexico. You'll be able to shop for unique Mexican goods, such as the brightly painted wood carvings, silver, leather and onyx that are prevalent throughout tourist spots in Mexico. El Tianguis, the city's mercado, features artisans selling handmade Mexican pottery, art made by the local Yaqui Indians and many traditional Mexican foods. 

The Historic Apache Trail

Built in the early 1900s as the supply route for contractors working on the Roosevelt Dam, the Apache Trail provides breathtaking views of the area's natural scenic beauty. Start the journey in Apache Junction, which is a mere 37 miles to the east of Phoenix. You'll be able to view the Superstition Mountains, Canyon Lake and Apache Lake, and be sure to stop at the cafe and museum located in Tortilla Flat. 

While visiting the beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona attractions, and wherever else your adventures takes you, be sure to make The Scottsdale at Resort McCormick Ranch your home base. We'll help you plan your day trips and then have a gourmet meal waiting for you when you return.

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