Visit Scottsdale: North Scottsdale Spring Bucket List
Move over summer, there's a new favorite season in town!
It's no secret that spring takes home the trophy for the most pleasant season in Scottsdale. Winter has that light sweater weather that makes you avoid any pool that isn't well-heated, and summer hits new levels of spicy heat. But spring is that third bowl of porridge that Goldilocks tasted.
If you're visiting Scottsdale during this time, you have many opportunities at your fingertips! Here is everything to have on your Scottsdale spring break bucket list.
Why You Should Visit Scottsdale in the Spring
It is the best time of year to be outside in Scottsdale. The seasonal cactus flowers are blooming like flower crowns on the saguaros; it has that blooming energy that all the best springs have (without the endless showers and final snow storms of other areas). On top of that, it's warm enough to kick off another year of lounging by the pool and sun tanning.
So Many Outdoor Scottsdale Spring Activities
Thanks to the beautiful weather, you have a full day of outdoor activities to enjoy. Scottsdale is full of red rock beauty, easy hiking paths, technical trails and romantic desert scenery in every direction. Perfect for nature newbies and seasoned pros alike, you can enjoy the natural beauty of Scottsdale as you take on an exhilarating outdoor activity.
The Nightlife Picks Up
Enjoy nature by day and the energy of Old Town by night! Old Town Scottsdale, Scottsdale's central hub of restaurants, bars and fun, picks up to full capacity in spring. If you're interested in upscale dining, cocktails, and ambiance, many renowned establishments have an excellent reputation among foodies. If you're looking for a more raucous time out on the town, several spots are buzzing with energy and fun.
Since spring is the most pleasant time of year to be outside, Scottsdale takes full advantage of the great weather by packing this season full of fun events. From MLB Spring Training to The Waste Management Phoenix Open, people travel from all over to enjoy everything you can find in Scottsdale in spring.
Outdoor Activities when you visit Scottsdale in the Spring
Spring in Scottsdale is the time to get outside! Everywhere you turn, you can find beautiful paths and trails that help you get a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding Sonoran Desert. Walk past sagebrush, cactus bushes and towering Saguaros that perfectly complement the red rock scenery.
Best Scottsdale hikes in spring:
Tom's Thumb Trail: This moderate to difficult trail takes hikers to the summit of Tom's Thumb, a distinctive rock formation in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The hike is 4.2 miles roundtrip and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and desert landscape.
Pinnacle Peak Trail: This popular and well-maintained trail is a moderate 3.5-mile roundtrip hike offering panoramic Scottsdale views.
Gateway Loop Trail: This moderate 4.4-mile roundtrip hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve takes hikers through beautiful desert scenery, with views of McDowell Mountains and Four Peaks.
Camelback Mountain: This iconic mountain offers two challenging hiking trails, the Cholla Trail and the Echo Canyon Trail. Both hikes are strenuous but provide stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape and the city of Scottsdale.
Biking in Scottsdale is a must-do if you want to appreciate your scenery while familiarizing yourself with the town's layout. Scottsdale is known for biking trails great for all levels, from casual cycling to heart-pumping mountain biking. If you’re visiting and didn’t come with bikes, we have quality bike rentals that will get you on the trails!
Best Scottsdale Spring Biking Routes:
Loop 101: A 50-mile loop that takes you through the city and surrounding areas, offering scenic views of the Sonoran Desert and mountains.
The Scottsdale Greenbelt - this classic Scottsdale bike route takes you through several major parks, golf courses and recreational areas stretching across the city.
Mountain Vista route - The city planned this short, 2.3-mile easy biking route to take cyclists to prominent art installations that work with the surrounding mountain views to offer an interactive biking experience. Look through the art installation to find the peak of a nearby mountain!
The McDowell Mountain Loop - A 30-mile loop through the scenic McDowell Mountain Preserve, offering challenging climbs and sweeping descents.
If you play golf, you are in the right place. There is a reason one of the most popular golf tournaments in the States calls Scottsdale it's home. There are over 200 golf courses in the greater Phoenix area, making Scottsdale a significant hub for anyone that dreams of the greens. From impeccable landscaping to thoughtful course layouts, you can play some of the best rounds of your life here.
Best Scottsdale Golf Courses
TPC Scottsdale: This golf course is home to the Waste Management Phoenix Open and features two 18-hole courses, Stadium Course and Champions Course
Grayhawk Golf Club: This golf club features two 18-hole courses, Raptor and Talon. Raptor is known for its challenging layout and breathtaking views, while Talon is a more forgiving course that offers a fun and enjoyable round.
Dobson Ranch Golf Course: This more casual, fun-loving 18-hole course has pumping music, ping pong, yard games and a great bar on top of a fun round of golf.
Plenty of Art and Culture to experience when you visit Scottsdale:
Scottsdale is more than just courses and trails - our town is full of culture, history and artistic talent that is clear when you venture into Scottsdale's art scene.
Streets of Art Galleries
See stunning art with a unique Western twist at any of Scottsdale's many art galleries. From vibrant oil paintings to giant sculptures, you can see the history and beauty of our town through the eyes of talented local artists.
Head to The Main Street Arts District in Old Town, Scottsdale, to walk down streets filled with local art, gifts, decor and more.
Scottsdale has many museums to visit, each offering a unique and valuable perspective of the land's history.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art features rotating exhibits of contemporary art from around the world and works by Arizona-based artists.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West showcases the art, culture, and history of the American West, including paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from Native American cultures, cowboys, and pioneers.
And for car lovers, Penske Racing Museum shares the history of Penske Racing, one of the most successful teams in motorsports. The collection includes race cars, trophies, and memorabilia from Penske's legendary drivers.
Thanks to Scottsdale's rich history and reputation as a gathering place for all, there are endless cultural celebrations and community events to explore while you visit Scottsdale in spring.
Scottsdale Arts Festival: This three-day festival features over 170 artists from around the country, showcasing their work in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, and jewelry.
Arizona Renaissance Festival: This annual event takes place on weekends from February to March and celebrates medieval culture and history. The festival includes jousting tournaments, live entertainment, artisan demonstrations, and period food and drink.
Native Trails: This free outdoor festival takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays in March and features Native American music and dance performances. The festival takes place at the Scottsdale Civic Center Park and includes a market with traditional crafts and food.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival: This annual festival takes place in April and showcases the best local food and drink scene. The festival includes over 40 restaurants, 30 craft breweries, and 20 wineries, as well as live music and cooking demonstrations.
Endless Dining and Entertainment:
Scottsdale is known as a major foodie hub of the West. So no matter what you're craving, you're always close to a restaurant that can impress you!
Breakfast and Brunch
The Montauk is a classic choice for those who want a cute and nautical environment, unique mimosas and delicious breakfast fare. Since it's in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, get reservations or expect a wait.
Butters Pancakes and Cafe is a little outside Scottsdale's brunch hub, but still expect a little wait! It can be chock-full of breakfast lovers and brunch havers waiting for delicious egg skillets or month-watering Oreo Cookie S'mores pancakes.
Diego Pops will take care of your cravings for delicious Latin food and a vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy bright tiles and fairy lights as you enjoy a boozy frozen margarita and a plate of fresh ceviche or brussels sprout nachos.
Brat Haus is also one of the first things you see as you enter the bustle of Old Town Scottsdale, and it is not to be missed. This super casual brat spot has excellent outdoor seating, a welcoming vibe, and (of course) juicy brats that come with house-made mustards.
Sumomaya creates a unique and flavorful Asian-Latin fusion with some of the best ceviche in town. Come here for creative tacos, bright and fresh dishes and a stunning refined dining atmosphere.
If you're looking for a restaurant with a flair for the dramatic, Toca Madera will deliver a stunning dining experience. The gilded and romantic dining room features gorgeous trees, glowing lanterns, fire dancers and creative dishes.
Bourbon and Bones should be your first stop if you're craving a quality cut of meat. With juicy prime steaks, wagyu beef, generous portions of seafood and an extensive collection of whiskeys, you can enjoy stick-to-your-ribs food and a fine dining experience simultaneously.
Sugar Bowl is a sign that everyone recognizes, even if they've only been to Old Town Scottsdale once. This 1950s-style ice cream parlor has served the same flavors since 1958. Come here for a classic banana split or chocolate sundae.
JL Patisserie will get you the best French-style pastries and desserts you can find in Scottsdale. Buy a box of assorted small treats that pack a big punch. We recommend you include the earl grey macarons and some peach cruffins.
For an authentic sugar-coated dining experience, the entire dessert list at Olive & Ivy hits the right balance of inventive ideas with classic flavors. The Salted Caramel Cheesecake is a local favorite, featuring a graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling, and a drizzle of salted caramel on top.
Beverly on Main is an upscale lounge in the heart of Scottsdale and features a sophisticated ambiance, craft cocktails, and live music.
Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row is a wild country-themed bar and club owned by Arizona native and country singer Dierks Bentley. It features a rooftop patio, live music, and a lively atmosphere.
The historic Rusty Spur Saloon has been a Scottsdale fixture since the 1950s and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It's known for its live country music, friendly atmosphere and giant horse above the entrance.
Ready to take advantage of all Scottsdale has to offer during the spring? Stop by Rides N Motion or visit our website for demos, rentals and sales of the most current e-bikes!