There is no reason to be intimidated by traveling alone. In fact, it can be super fun, rewarding, and motivating to go on solo travel! Leave the worries of work, school, family, and our friends behind and enjoy a personal journey by yourself as you explore the beautiful town of Scottsdale, AZ. If you are worried about planning your solo adventure to Arizona, don’t fret. There are dozens of activities for you to do every single day that are normal to do by yourself. In fact, we even think that sometimes traveling by yourself can give you the freedom and time to do everything on your itinerary without any roadblocks. Let’s check out a few things that you MUST do for a solo journey to the beautiful desert town of Scottsdale, AZ, this upcoming fall season.
Head to One of the Many Museums
You can count each museum individually or just tick this off your list one at a time. There are so many museums and cultural attractions in Scottsdale that it might be hard to hit every single one during your time here.
If your schedule allows, we really recommend going to at least the Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West during a rare rainy day in the Arizona desert. The exhibits change all of the time, so you can rest assured you will never see the same thing twice.
Another great museum that you should include on your schedule is the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, which offers changing exhibits and a low price that won’t break the bank.
Walk to the Hole in the Rock
Enjoy a day out in the sunny Arizona weather by going to the Hole in the Rock. This short and easy hike is great for people of varying fitness levels, so you can easily do this one by yourself without being worried about traveling solo. Even if you have never hiked before, this easy walk is doable for people of different ages.
We recommend heading to the Hole in the Rock for sunrise or sunset to avoid the crowds, take breathtaking pics, and get Instagram-worthy photos that will have all of your friends back home super jealous of your vacation! If you can, try and stay to enjoy the view for a little while before the crowds arrive.
Check Out the Desert Botanical Garden
For another little spurt of exercise with rewarding views and surroundings, we recommend going to the Desert Botanical Garden to go for a nice walk. We love this picturesque and atmospheric spot that offers an up-close ampersand look at the flora, fauna, and landscape that makes Scottsdale so famous.
The botanical garden offers nearly 150 acres of pure luxury and tranquility that is great for a peaceful and serene vacation. We recommend coming here as a solo travel, since you will always feel safe, relaxed, and at home in this stress-free environment.
Walk Around Old Town Scottsdale
Not sure what to do next during your vacation? We recommend just walking! Walking around and getting a feel for the city is oftentimes one of the best ways to figure out what to add to your itinerary. Plus, just seeing the vibe of the city, seeing the people that live there, and checking out the local shops and attractions is a fun thing to do during any time of the year.
When it comes to Scottsdale, Old Town Scottsdale is a picturesque and fun place to spend hours and hours of your free time. Old Town Scottsdale is pedestrian-friendly, so you never have to worry about foot traffic, cars, or getting out of the way of speeding bikes as you meander along the shops.
Grab a Coffee
To wake up in the morning and hit the ground running, coffee is paramount. Luckily for you, there is no shortage of great coffee stands, cafes, and dessert shops in Scottsdale that will give you the caffeine, or sugar, fix you are looking for. We recommend trying out the Red Canyon Cafe, Berdena’s, and Inner Circle Cafe during your stay here.
Head to the Red Canyon Cafe and sit outside in the quirky and fun exterior seating. Located right in Old Town, this is the ideal spot to stop and have a flat white or latte as you take a break from shopping.
If you want to sit inside and enjoy the air conditioning, read a book, or get some work done, then Berdena’s is the place for you. Pair a hot cup of coffee or an iced oat milk latte with a savory order of avocado toast with a poached egg to start your day in the best way possible.
Lastly, Inner Circle Cafe is a popular espresso-laden stop for tourists and locals alike. We recommend ordering the goat cheese toast with local goat cheese and jam for a small snack in the afternoon. If you are hungrier, you can’t go wrong with the large breakfast burrito with eggs, sweet potato, black beans, and cheese. Yum!