A few weeks ago Brandon and I traveled to Scottsdale, AZ to cheer on Texas Tech when they played Arizona State University. I went to Arizona a few years ago for two weeks with my previous job and I have been itching to go back ever since. We decided to make a long weekend out of it so we can explore around Scottsdale and Tempe and still attend the game. We landed on Thursday night around 7 (PST), checked into our hotel and went to dinner. I wanted to share a few of my favorite things about Arizona in case you have a trip planned or decide that you want to spend a long weekend in the desert.
Where to Stay
We stayed at the aLoft in Tempe which was the perfect location for the weekend. We were about a 10 minute Uber from the airport, walking distance to the football stadium, ASU, places to eat and a 6 minute Uber to Old Town Scottsdale,plus we had amazing view of the mountains. A few friends stayed at the Graduate Hotel which I’ve never heard of but it was closer to campus and had an upscale dorm room feel.
What to Do
Go to the Phoenix Zoo
Go on a hike. If you want to do a long hike, I would recommend Southern Mountain, but if you want something shorter with view of Tempe I would hike Hayden Butte Preserve (Leonard Monti Trail)
Go to an Arizona Diamondback Game. The stadium is so nice and Brandon was impressed with the value beer at $4.
Walk around ASU
Go to Dierks Bentley’s bar, Whiskey Row in Tempe
Shop in Old Town Scottsdale and grab a drink at the Rusty Spur
Where to Eat
I can go on and on about places to eat in the Scottsdale area but here are a few places where we ate
Fractured Prune for FRESH made to order donuts. . .just don’t eat 2 and then hike Hayden Butte Preserve
Old Town Tortilla Factory, get the flautas with the mole sauce and ask for their fresh tortillas.
Italian Grotto, get the Chicken Carolina I promise you won’t be disappointed. Anytime Brandon and I go out to dinner we decide who had the better meal, I won that night.
Roaring Fork for their happy hour, but get there right when happy hour starts because you won’t be able to find a seat in the bar area. We learned the hard way so we didn’t eat there on this trip but I ate there for dinner 2 years ago.
Salut Kitchen Bar for brunch, get the hangover fries even if you aren’t hungover and the bottomless mimosas. What is brunch without a mimosas? Sad, just sad.
Since you are close to the west coast, In and Out Burger especially for late night food.
We walked A LOT! I think my Fitbit said that we walked about 15 miles on Friday alone. Luckily Tempe and Scottsdale are very Uber and Lyft friendly so we used them most of the weekend and it was SUPER cheap.
We had so much fun on our weekend getaway to Arizona that I want to go back as soon as possible, maybe when it’s below 100 degrees!
If you have gone to Arizona before, what are some of your favorite things to do?
Thanks so much for stopping by!