For those in the beginning stages of planning their annual vacation, there may be questions about when the best times to visit may be, and we at I Love Scottsdale have the answers, although those answers will be different for every traveler. Some people are willing to deal with extra crowds if the weather is especially nice, and others prefer the quiet streets, lower prices, and perhaps special deals on vacation rentals during the off season! This guide to the best time to visit Scottsdale will help you isolate the season or time that is best for you and your family.
Scottsdale comes alive in the winter months, bringing fantastic weather and many of our most exciting events. We just celebrated our 4th Superbowl in 2023, so it may be a while before we get another opportunity, but winter activities such as the Waste Management Open at TPC Scottsdale, (generally held the same time as Superbowl) the Barrett Jackson auto auction, (the Batmobile was one notable participant) and the opportunity to enjoy the Scottsdazzle light display at Christmas are popular events. Hiking, biking, and golfing are also popular as the mild temperatures make it fun to be outdoors!
Spring brings many pleasures while also bringing the start of the heat. The calendar may still tell you it’s spring in late April and May, but stepping outside may just convince you that summer has already arrived! The Parada del Sol Rodeo has come to town every March (usually the second week of the month) for 69 years and is guaranteed to give your cowboy-loving kiddos a thrill they will never forget, and the Desert Botanical Gardens located just outside Scottsdale in Phoenix come to life during these early months of the year. Hiking and biking are best participated in the early hours of the day, but golfers continue to do their thing until closing time! Spring is the perfect time to add Scottsdale day trips to your itinerary as well.
Summer is hot and most of the crowds stay away, but if you do bring your family during this season, renting homes with pools and participating in indoor activities will help keep you cool! OdySea Aquarium is an extremely popular destination in the summer months, as is Scottsdale Fashion Square where you can shop, dine, and pamper yourself in air-conditioned surroundings.
Fall, like spring, can still appear summery, but the nights do cool down quite a bit, allowing guests to swim during the day and enjoy al fresco dinners each evening. Take a road trip up north to be wowed by the changing of the seasons, or simply relax in comfort and style in the I Love Scottsdale seasonal sanctuary of your choice.