The desert is not dead — certainly not in Scottsdale, Arizona. Located on the outskirts of Phoenix, the city sits next to some of the Southwest’s most pristine and accessible desert landscapes.
It has a lively nightlife scene, which means you can have a fun, outdoor vacation that isn’t overly healthy, and enjoy a dose of culture as well. Scottsdale’s restaurant scene is booming, and chefs let local ingredients (and even some local wines and spirits) take center stage.
You’ll find everything from perfect street tacos to Michelin-worthy fine dining. Scottsdale is best known for its amazing weather and jaw-dropping natural beauty, which is at its best at dusk.
Every night has picture-perfect sunsets; be sure to find a prime spot to watch unbelievable shades of pink and red streak across the sky, tinting the saguaro-dotted landscape a rosy hue.
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This story originally appeared in the Spring 2019 edition of Elite Traveler.