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Guide to Labor Day in Scottsdale

Labor Day brings with it the end of carefree summer days and the promise of a new season ahead. For a holiday which is often spent outdoors hosting cookouts, picnics, and backyard sports, the sunny town of Scottsdale, AZ is an ideal destination for a Labor Day getaway! Savor the last wisps of summer by enjoying Labor Day events in Phoenix, where opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors abound. Leave your work behind and instead indulge in all that this desirable city has to offer!

Hit the Trail for Labor Day in Phoenix

Scottsdale was once named by National Geographic as one of the nation’s top 15 hiking destinations, and it’s easy to see why. Over 400 miles of well-maintained trails are located in the area, so the biggest challenge is choosing which trail will hold your adventure on Labor Day in Phoenix. For maximum views that will require some effort to attain, check out the Pinnacle Peak Summit Trail. This trail is 1.75 miles (one-way) and will lead hikers to 2,889 feet of elevation, where you’ll be treated to expansive views of the valley. With an elevation gain of 1,300 feet, this is considered a moderate hike. Bring plenty of water and your camera for views at the peak and of quail, jackrabbits, cactus wrens, and roadrunners along the way!

Toast the End to Summer

Raise your glass and toast the end to summer with a drink at one of Scottsdale’s bars and nightlife venues. From sipping a hand-crafted martini in their handblown glasses at AZ 88, to enjoying a craft beer and a game of cornhole at Wasted Grain, Scottdale’s nightlife scene offers everything from casual to trendy. For a swankier Scottsdale experience, head to The Mint, a 7,000 square foot space that was formerly a bank and now offers a sensory-filling experience from the moment you walk through its vault door.

Relax in Style

Scottsdale is known for its upscale spas, so be sure to treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment while you’re here. Rejuvenate your skin with a turquoise wrap at The Boulders Resort & Spa or get a hot stone treatment at Well & Being at Willow Stream at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. When you stay in one of the Labor Day rentals offered by us at Scottsdale Rentals, it’s also simple to spend your days relaxing with family or friends. With outdoor living areas complete with spacious private hot tubs in many of our rentals, Labor Day in Phoenix has never looked better!

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Fort McDowell Adventures

This unique company offers a wide range of activities from kayaking, land and river tours, desert Segway adventures and so many more. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline rush or something more serene, you’ll find it with Fort McDowell Adventures. You can schedule corporate, special event, retreats, and even wedding parties at Fort McDowell.
14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Road, Scottsdale
480-816-6465.

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland, in the heart of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community houses a tropical rainforest that is home to thousands of butterflies from around the world. In addition to the butterflies, there are several galleries with interactive exhibits, a modern theater, and even educational laboratory spaces. This is a perfect place for a family adventure or even a romantic stroll through the gardens. 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480-800-3000

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a unique railroad park offering a look at the history of the railroad. The park is home to a one-of-a-kind Model Railroad Building, housing a model railroad, four model railroad clubs, and a Magma Arizona Railroad locomotive. This interactive railroad museum offers a variety of objects and artifacts related to the railroad industry including the Roald Amundsen Pullman Car, the Merci Train, and the Model Railroad. The park also has several playgrounds, picnic areas, and a charming antique carousel, making it perfect for visitors of all ages.
7301 E. Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale
480-312-2312

Octane Raceway

Octane Raceway is an indoor/outdoor racing venue offering a casual and competitive kart racing for all ages. Octane Raceway features a third-mile track, which winds indoors and outdoors, with European electric race karts that travel up to 45 mph. Visitors can come in, register and race, and their race is scored in a Fastest Lap format. Octane Raceway also caters private and special events such as corporate and team building events and birthday parties. The Raceway also has a Trackside Bar & Grill, and several other entertainment facilities, including a Pit Crew Challenge, bowling alley, a games arcade, and billiards.
9119 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale
602-302-7223

Chocolate Tour of Scottsdale

Those with a sweet tooth will love exploring the sweet side of Scottsdale on a guided walking tour that visits all the town’s best chocolate destinations. You’ll visit a variety of chocolatiers and local shops where you’ll have the opportunity to discover the history of this confectionery and how the products are made and sample varieties of the world’s most popular treat, including truffles, hot chocolate, ice-cream, cupcakes, and other baked goods made with or from chocolate and meet the owners and chocolate-makers of some of Scottsdale’s best chocolate stores, while at the same time soaking up the wonderful ambiance of this vibrant town.
4225 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale
408-421-8868

Desert Splash Adventures

Desert Splash Adventures is your go-to source for scenic flights over some of Arizona’s most dramatic, breathtaking landscapes, ending in an exhilarating water landing on Roosevelt Lake or Lake Powell. Operated by Island Air Express, Desert Splash Adventures provides an exclusive and unique desert adventure experience from the comfort of a Cessna Caravan Amphibious Seaplane. Highly experienced commercial bush pilots, (who are based in Alaska in the off season), fly the planes, and they guarantee absolute safety throughout the journey. Start your adventure conveniently located near the Scottsdale Airport, in an executive lounge that is a luxurious space to relax before the flight. Desert Splash Adventures also offers a range of other adventures ranging from gourmet brunches on a private island to canyoneering in the magnificent rock formations of the Sonoran wilderness.
15115 N Airport Drive, Landmark Aviation (FBO), Scottsdale
877-588-8819