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Socially Distanced Journey to Scottsdale

After plenty of time at home over the last couple of months, you may find yourself starting to dream of your next travel plans. While it may seem daunting to travel during the current times, many are finding it completely possible when carefully selecting a destination that takes social distancing possibilities into account. A city like Scottsdale that offers plentiful outdoor opportunities as well as shops and restaurants that are taking Arizona social distancing measures seriously makes for an ideal vacation destination. Embark on a social distanced journey to Scottsdale, where there will be plenty options for keeping your family entertained!

Set Out on a Trail

Hemmed in by the McDowell Mountains and the Tonto National Forest, Scottsdale is packed full of over 300 miles of hiking trail options. There’s no better way to social distance than to lose yourself in nature, leaving the crowds behind and setting out on a scenic trail. From meandering paths through desert terrain to tough climbs to scenic peaks, Scottsdale offers trails that cater to all experience levels. While you may be tempted to hike one of the area’s more popular trails such as the Gateway Loop, Lost Dog Wash, or Pinnacle Peak, you may consider one of the lesser known trails for better social distancing in Arizona. The Scenic Trail in McDowell Mountain Regional Park is a 4.3-mile loop that is great for families and offers beautiful views across the park.

Useful Links for Social Distancing in Scottsdale!

Play a Round of Golf

With its year-round nice weather and quantity of top-notch golf courses, Scottsdale is known as a top golf destination. Many of its courses remain open with extra precautions in place to protect players. Enjoy plenty of distance from residents and travelers on the vast golf green, where you can enjoy the views and perfect your swing. Consider booking a tee time at Troon North Golf Club, where the top-rated Monument Course remains open.

Enjoy a Picnic

With increasingly more restaurants offering takeout than ever before, the food options for picnicking have only gotten better. Pick up food from one of Scottsdale’s many downtown restaurants and settle in for a relaxing picnic. Sites such as the Scottsdale Waterfront and Scottsdale Civic Center Park offer grassy areas perfect for spreading out a blanket and enjoying your cuisine of choice!

For seclusion from other travelers, consider a stay in one of our private Scottsdale vacation homes for your socially distanced journey to Scottsdale!

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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