Yes, Phoenix/Scottsdale offers a handful of museums and more than a handful of spas, the area is still all about the great outdoors. It’s a sprawling, suburban metropolis built into cragged mountain ranges and blooming desert landscapes, and the best way to get a sense of the terrain is by hiking, walking and mountain biking. Most pronounced is Camelback, which you can’t miss because it looks exactly as its name implies. One of the most challenging hikes there is Echo Canyon Trail, with its last steep stretch of boulders. The peak offers incredible views. Those who are not inclined to play rock climber can choose from myriad valley paths (bring lots of water – it’s the desert, after all!).

Recommended areas to explore for top hiking include:

  • Oak Creek Canyon Natural Area
  • Dreamy Draw & Squaw Peak Park
  • Piestewa Peak Summit Trail
  • Pinnacle Peak Park
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve Gateway Trailhead

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