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Arizona Staycations: Try These 4 Activities

Imagine a soft breeze tousling your hair as the warm Scottsdale sun settles on your skin. You dip your toes in the pool, then relax beneath a cabana as you watch the kids make a splash in the pool. These are the building blocks of an Arizona staycation.

Though we understand that you may not be ready to travel just yet, we also know that the day will come when a staycation is exactly what you need. When that day comes, we’ll be here, just as we always have been. In the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to dream of a staycation in Scottsdale.

At The Scottsdale Resort, you can ease into the activities you’ve missed and dive into experiences you didn’t know you needed. Scottsdale sits at the gateway to an entire world of southwestern experiences, from hikes through the Sonoran Desert to regionally-inspired meals at KitchenWest. Discover all the things to do, see, and eat during your summer staycation—whenever you feel comfortable taking it.

Relax by the Pool

In Scottsdale, pools are synonymous with staycations. After all, what would a vacation in your home state be if you couldn’t cool off in a chilled pool? Even if you have a pool at home, chances are you’re missing a poolside bar and grill. Swim beneath the blue-tiled trellis at McCormick Pool, then hop out for a piña colada for the parents and an In-N-Out-worthy burger for the kids.

Elevate your afternoons by the pool by lounging in one of several cabanas available for rental. Sink into comfortable lounge seating or one of two chaise lounges and revel in direct-to-you service through Twisted Vine Pool Bar & Grill.

Need even more staycation inspiration? Check out our resort recreation guide

Go on an Adventure

Discover new and unique ways to explore the desert you call home. The Scottsdale’s trained adventure guides make it easy to get close to the flora and fauna of the desert during any of our expert-lead experiences.

Spend a half-day on a hike through the Sonoran Desert. Rent a bike and cruise down the Greenbelt to Tempe or opt for a guided ride through rugged terrain on a mountain bike tour. Make a splash on Saguaro Lake as you revel in views of the Superstition Mountains and Four Peaks from a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Check out our adventure packages.

Eat Out 

One of the most indulgent parts of any staycation is eating out. There’s something about savoring a fancy dinner in your own backyard that almost defies the day-to-day. Enjoy every last bite of your getaway at Kitchen West.

Part restaurant, part gathering place, Kitchen West is known for its satisfying western American fare. Though Kitchen West is serving a limited menu, you'll still be able to discover Scottsdale by way of its local flavors. Looking for something more casual? Try Bar Six40 or Twisted Vine Pool Bar & Grill. Don't feel like packing up the whole family? Order a meal straight to your room. 

Watch a Dive In Movie

Once the sun sets, head to McCormick Pool to catch a family-favorite movie on the big screen. Though this summer may not be exactly like the last, our Dive In Movie tradition is one thing you can count on. Slip back into the pool or pull up a lounger and enjoy. We'll even be broadcasting virtual fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July. 

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