Arizona, and more precisely, Scottsdale, offers a vacation experience that can be different for everyone who visits. Offering a sophisticated shopping and arts and culture experience, a fun loving family adventure, and for those thrill seekers who can’t enjoy themselves if their hearts aren’t rapidly beating and they aren’t facing new heights in daring, it can be the getaway that proves vacation dreams really can come true. And for the latter travelers seeking adventure, we at I Love Scottsdale have created this guide to a journey filled with excitement, thrills, and all the adventures you can handle.
Day 1: A Need for Speed
Something that ties adventure seekers together is the need for speed, and after you enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Alo Café, 6960 E 1st Street, Racing Adventures is going to feed your addiction with a once in a lifetime race car experience. Choose your favorite supercar from a long list that includes Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsche’s and hit the track for a few laps on another sunny day in Scottsdale. Located at Arizona Motorsports Park, 15402 W Camelback Road in nearby Litchfield Park, this adventure is destined to make the highlight reel of your vacation memories, while leaving plenty of time to explore all the other things Scottsdale has to offer, including a day at Cowboy U. Arizona Cowboy College, located at 30208 N 152nd Street in Scottsdale, offers one- and three-day courses in how to be a rodeo cowboy, lowering the horsepower a bit, but keeping the thrill meter high. When your successful day of fast cars and cool horses comes to an end, add a little extra glitz to your adventures with a night out at Cake Nightclub, Scottsdale’s ritziest adventure of all.
Day 2: Take to the Skies
You might want to limit your breakfast to a donut stuffed in your pocket as this first adventure comes with an early start, sunrise to be exact. Arizona Balloon Safaris, offers sunrise flights over the Sonoran Desert and includes a Balloonists Ceremony, a champagne breakfast, and a first flight certificate you can frame and hang on your office wall, garnering envy from all your coworkers. Lasting just under an hour, advance reservations are recommended and can be made simply by clicking on the attached link. After your early start, you may be ready for a meal that is a little more substantial than a donut and a glass of champagne, making today an ideal day for exploring the authentic Mexican food in the region, with a visit to Ajo Al’s Mexican Café. Located at 9393 N 90th Street in Scottsdale, portion sizes are massive, the tequila will warm your belly, and a kid’s friendly menu will ensure that even the pickiest of eaters will find something they love. Spend the afternoon on their patio, celebrating your flight over the desert and be sure to appoint a designated driver as we can promise their margaritas are addictive and you will want more than one!
Day 3: Staying Grounded
After your flight through the blue skies, you may want to keep your last day adventures closer to the ground but don’t worry, these will be equally exciting. Eat where you want today but be sure and get plenty of protein because these adventures are going to take up a lot of energy! Mountain biking with Wild Bunch Desert Guides, exploring the desert with an ATV Tour provided by Desert Monster Tours, 6424 E Greenway Parkway #100, or and this last adventure may appear tamer but really isn’t, climbing to the top of Camelback Mountain for views that will burrow their way into your soul. The climb is tough, dear friends, and not recommended for those with physical limitations, but once you reach the top of this craggy mountain, the pictures will not just be worthy of framing they will serve as a concrete reminder of the day you proved to yourself that you really COULD do it!
For those who prefer a little more height with their thrill seeking, Epic Adventures, 7898 E Acoma Drive in Scottsdale, offers a rappelling adventure that will lead you to new heights of excitement and will serve as the perfect farewell to the beauty of the Valley of the Sun. Close out your vacation with an elegant meal at one of Scottsdale’s trendiest restaurants, Arboleda Restaurant in the Scottsdale Quarter and when your flight leaves far too early the next morning, you can rest comfortably on the plane knowing that you experienced thrills unlike any other during your Arizona adventures.
Time Flies When Having Fun
Three days really isn’t long enough to explore all that Scottsdale and the surrounding cities have to offer, but hopefully we have given you some good ideas in addition to providing all the comforts of home. Reserve your favorite I Love Scottsdale sanctuary today!