The cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale reflect Arizona’s western cultural roots and propensity for outdoor activity. As the capital of Arizona, Phoenix is also its most populous city, with over 1.5 million people calling it home. It attracts many people yearly due it is lovely desert locales and its affordability.

Scottsdale also boasts an impressive track record. Labeled “the desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by the New York Times, it has a ton of activity for the younger generation. But don’t think it’s just for the young folk. Bankrate also listed it as the fifth-best place to retire in America.

So it begs the question. Besides the warm climate, what makes these cities so appealing to both young and old?

Magnificent Mountain Views and Trails

When somebody says “Go take a hike” in Arizona, you should definitely do it! In Phoenix, walk by canals and cacti in the warm sun. In Scottsdale, catch wildflowers in bloom as you hike along the trails. Just in case you think nothing grows in the desert, think again!

Vibrant Nightlife

Phoenix and Scottsdale have a bevy of successful bars and restaurants to choose from. And when I say “bevy”, I mean Bevvy, a Scottsdale pub where you can have a drink and watch the Arizona Cardinals play on over 40 HDTVs located inside. Phoenix also has its fair share of hangouts, including the groovy Linger Longer Lounge where you can sip one of their cleverly-named cocktails while listening to the DJ play vinyl records!

Art Galleries & Museums

Art aficionados and history buffs are going to love what Arizona has to offer. Phoenix’s Heard Museum puts Native American art on display, from paintings and pottery to jewelry and textiles. Meanwhile, Scottsdale celebrates the Old West at its Western Spirit museum which has exhibits on cowboys, Indians, and early settlers of the area. It’s even been rated as one of the Top 10 Museums of the West by True West magazine.

Clearly, Phoenix and Scottsdale have a lot of activity for people of any age. You can hang out at the bar or practice your swing at a golf course, talk a walk in the desert or take in a show. The choice is up to you. And at less than a half-hour distance from each other, it’s worth checking out both cities on your next vacation.

Planning on traveling in a group? The Platinum Experience offers stunning accommodations in multiple Arizona locations, including Phoenix and Scottsdale. If you’re ready to take the plunge, contact us today!