Top 10 Things to do in Scottsdale around Phoenix Open

Here are some great things to do in Scottsdale and Phoenix during your visit for the Phoenix Open:

Hot Air Expeditions - Top 10 Things to do in Scottsdale Around the Phoenix Open

Hot Air Expeditions – Top 10 Things to do in Scottsdale Around the Phoenix Open

Take a Magic Carpet Ride! – Soar over the gorgeous Sonoran desert in a Hot Air Balloon with Hot Air Expeditions. Finish with a champagne toast and savor the memories while checking it off your Bucket List! 480-502-6999

Grab a drink at the Rusty Spur Saloon – Celebrities like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Vince Vaughn, and Jennifer Anniston have walked through its swinging doors to take in the Old West décor and Scottsdale live country music. This is Scottsdale’s Oldest Saloon celebrating over 60 years! 480-425-7787

Do you love music?  Then don’t miss a visit to the Musical Instrument Museum – MIM. A big draw is MIM’s Experience Gallery, which features guitars to strum, gongs to bang, and more. Another MIM hotspot is the Artist Gallery, which features iconic instruments from celebrities like Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, John Denver, Toby Keith, and Carlos Santana. Stroll around with wireless headsets and as you approach each display, hear the instruments being played, either solo or as an ensemble. 480-478-6000

Arizona’s 24/7 Entertainment Destination – Talking Stick Resort and Casino! Talking Stick Resort is the premiere luxury hotel of the Valley of the Sun. Located in the Salt-River Pima Maricopa Indian Reservation in Scottsdale, Arizona, it rises out of the desert landscape with its 200 foot tower. From world-class gaming, dining for all tastes and palettes, golf, spa and more, you’ll never want to leave! 480-850-7777

Explore a Desert Masterpiece – Frank Lloyd Wright began building Taliesin West in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Visitors can enjoy a broad range of guided public tours. 480-627-5340

Stroll Through Old Town Scottsdale – Get a taste of the Old West as you walk along the streets of historic Old Town Scottsdale. Discover the most unique southwestern specialty shops like Gilbert Ortega Galleries – 480-990-1808 and  Shades of the West – 480-945-3289 or

While here, be sure to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the peaceful, scenic and serene Sonoran Desert on a scenic horseback ride at MacDonald’s Ranch – the premier horseback riding stable in the Valley of the Sun.

Just north of Scottsdale, you can get your Vegas fix at Fort McDowell Casino – your destination for real gaming 24 hours a day, seven days a week – showcasing the latest stat-of-the-art slot machines, poker, bingo, keno, five restaurants and lounges and some of the finest entertainers – the Fort has it all.  1-800-THE-FORT

Shop. Shop. Shop.  Did we mention shopping?  Ladies, get your bling on at Ritzy Rags and Shoes located in the Shops at Gainey Village.  Featuring the latest in designer fashions, handbags and accessories – 480-596-0533. Then, right next door, check out Diva’s Women’s Wear.  The ultimate location for plus size women’s fashions – voted best of Phoenix! 480-948-8777

Unforgettable Air Tours of Arizona – Let Westwind Air Service take you on an adventure of a lifetime with a scenic air tour of Sedona or the Grand Canyon.  It’s the fastest way to experiecne the beauty of our state and leave you plenty of time to enjoy the Phoenix Open! Call (888) 869-0866 or (480) 991-5557 to make your reservations today!

Explore Carefree Arizona – Just minutes away from Scottsdale, this town is nestled in the foothills of the Sonoran Desert amid lush terrain and ancient boulders.


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