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Summary

This 48-hour itinerary in Scottsdale, Arizona, is perfect for travelers looking to explore the city's natural beauty, indulge in local cuisine, and immerse themselves in art and history. From the Desert Botanical Garden to Taliesin West, and from cozy breakfast spots to memorable dinner experiences, Scottsdale offers a diverse range of activities that cater to foodies, art lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

🌵 Day 1: Exploring Scottsdale

Start your Scottsdale adventure with a delicious breakfast, explore the Desert Botanical Garden, enjoy a hike at Papago Park, and indulge in local cuisine and art.

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🍳 Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is a popular breakfast spot known for its Southwest breakfast options. The restaurant fills up fast during busy mornings, so it's recommended to arrive early to avoid long waits, especially if dining alone.

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Tips

Arrive early to avoid long waits, especially if dining alone.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (480) 222-2582
🌐   Website: http://www.breakfastclub.us/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 45 min to 1.5 hr
📍   Address: 4400 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
🔗   Profiles: Instagram

🌵 Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden spans 55 acres of beautiful desert landscapes and is home to thousands of species of cactus, trees, and flowers. Visitors can check the calendar for special activities and guided tours to make the most of their experience.

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Tips

Check the calendar for special activities and guided tours.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (480) 941-1225
🌐   Website: https://dbg.org/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2.5 hours
📍   Address: 1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008
🔗   Profiles: Facebook YouTube Instagram X (Twitter) LinkedIn

🏞 Hole in the Rock at Papago Park

The Hole in the Rock at Papago Park offers a short, easy hike with beautiful views of downtown Phoenix. Visitors should walk around to the back for the trail, as the front is not the starting point.

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Tips

Walk around to the back for the trail; the front is not the starting point.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (602) 495-5458
🌐   Website: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/papago-park
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 45 min
📍   Address: 625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

🌮 The Mission

The Mission is known for its Tecate Creekstone Skirt Steak tacos and desert-inspired prickly pear cocktails. The restaurant features a unique dining experience with a gorgeous Himalayan salt block wall.

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Tips

Try to sit at the bar for a unique dining experience.

🏙 Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is a walkable area filled with restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, and public art. Visitors can explore the area, visit the Old Adobe Mission, and consider booking an afternoon Segway tour for an in-depth experience.

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Tips

Consider booking an afternoon Segway tour for an in-depth experience.

🍹 HULA’S Modern Tiki

HULA’S Modern Tiki offers a fun atmosphere, Polynesian-inspired cocktails, and hella great food, including the Spicy Thai Chicken Bowl. The restaurant features a large bar with plenty of comfortable seating.

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Tips

Don't miss the Spicy Thai Chicken Bowl.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (480) 970-4852
🌐   Website: http://hulasmoderntiki.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1-2 hours
📍   Address: 7213 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
🔗   Profiles: Instagram Facebook

🌵 Day 2: Scottsdale's Outdoor Beauty

  • Enjoy a pastry breakfast at Prep & Pastry, offering the best homemade pastries and a Southwest twist on Eggs Benedict.
  • 💡 Tips: The place is cozy and Instagrammable, making it a perfect spot for a delightful breakfast and some Instagram-worthy photos.

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🍽️ Prep & Pastry

Prep & Pastry has some of the best homemade pastries in Scottsdale. The daily pastry is melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and they also offer a unique Southwest twist on Eggs Benedict with carnitas and goat cheese hollandaise.

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Tips

The cozy ambiance and Instagrammable setting make it a must-visit for a delightful breakfast experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (480) 477-1502
🌐   Website: https://www.prepandpastry.com/scottsdale
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 45 min to 1.5 hr
📍   Address: 7025 E Via Soleri Dr #175, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
🔗   Profiles: Facebook X (Twitter) Instagram

🏛️ Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

This two-story museum tells the history of the American West with comprehensive exhibits, including examples of Southwest art and photography from decades past.

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Tips

Consider an audio tour for a more immersive experience and gain a deeper understanding of the American West's rich history.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (480) 686-9539
🌐   Website: https://scottsdalemuseumwest.org/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2 hours
📍   Address: 3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
🔗   Profiles: Facebook X (Twitter) TikTok YouTube Instagram

🍨 ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

ZuZu is famous for its Show Stopper Shake, a themed milkshake that changes monthly and is perfect for photography.

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Tips

The Show Stopper Shake is thoughtfully crafted and changes frequently to fit a monthly theme, offering a delightful and visually appealing treat.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (480) 421-7997
🌐   Website: https://www.hotelvalleyho.com/zuzu
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 6850 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
🔗   Profiles: Facebook Instagram

🏜️ Taliesin West

Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert laboratory and winter home, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering breathtaking architecture and a glimpse into the rugged landscape of the McDowell Mountains.

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Tips

Book tickets in advance and consider the travel time from Old Town Scottsdale to ensure a seamless and enriching experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (888) 516-0811
🌐   Website: https://franklloydwright.org/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 2.5 hours
📍   Address: 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

🥗 Citizen Public House

Citizen Public House is famous for its exceptional chopped salad, prepared tableside for a unique and delightful dining experience.

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Tips

Ordering the chopped salad is a must, as it is considered the best-chopped salad in Scottsdale, offering a memorable and flavorful dining experience.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: (480) 398-4208
🌐   Website: http://www.citizenpublichouse.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
⏳   Typical duration: 1.5-2.5 hours
📍   Address: 7111 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
🔗   Profiles: LinkedIn