Scottsdale, Phoenix, Phoenix Mountains discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
To express VPN for sponsoring amateur traveler. Well, it's interesting that's in Scottsdale because of the city's so Phoenix there's Phoenix downtown, and we didn't say, but there's all sorts of different places. We'll be talking about around it including Scottsdale to the east and Scottsdale. I would say of the places that I have been in the area is the most cowboy town that the downtown Scottsdale has more cowboy art exhibits in stores and things like that and has more of that western heritage. I think they call themselves the most western town in the west. And it's a love downtown scout till it's an already town with this western heritage. And my grandfather actually was a cowboy so I have a fondness for the. Western heritage. We have his Spurs. He was on the last round up in Colorado when he was sixteen he busted broncs, adding. So I have some connection to this. Although I myself am not a couple I would say to if you're bringing kids along in being a western museum Alday seems like that might be the seventh layer of hell for you. You might. Instead if you wanna get in touch with the western heritage take them up to rawhide, which is a wonderfully touristy cheesy. Western recreation town in northern Scottsdale that is more of a kid friendly way to look at some of the western culture. And glad you added that I have not been to rawhide. I was looking at that the other day going I have to get up there. I took my kids there as as a kid. We join it. I mean, it's touristy it's cheesy. But it's great western spirit has some sections for kids and the western area part of it is Scott some good stuff. But both the heard and western spirit. Are pretty adult oriented museums. And glad you mentioned the old town Scottsdale because that would be my other recommendation as once you finish western spirit is actually right along that area where all the galleries and auction houses studios and things are and they've got that fixed up as a mall. You can go down you can walk into some window shopping. You can go in the galleries. There's a whole range of art. There's the western art. But now there's a lot non western themes done by western artists contemporary artists than there was a few even a few years ago. There's a lot of good restaurants there. No problem finding someplace to eat. Did you have one you would recommend? I was looking to see if there were any that I could recommend, but none are occurring to me. Cafe forte. Okay. Mr. right down on that end in. It's a lovely lovely spot. They do very beautiful dinners and nice lunches there. We've eaten there a couple times. It's not a budget place, but it's not super expensive either. And also for art lovers if you really into art and want something different. If you feeling a little overwhelmed by native and western art, the Scottsdale contemporary art, gallery is down at the end of the mall in that is completely different small small small museum only usually four maybe five exhibits on installations more often, but really interesting edgy stuff. So if you want a little change of pace, that's a good place to walk down to see what's happening. And as I mentioned Thursdays are there art night. Most of the year, they have galleries are open late. The museums. They're open late things are free. Most of the things are free, and you can walk around. And it's kind of an event it's a lot of fun to do something like that. Where to next day three. I think it's time to get out in the Sonoran desert a little farther. I'd recommend taking a hike. Phoenix is a great city for hiking or biking more just getting out in nature, you can hike right in the city of Phoenix. But as you go towards the edges of Phoenix, you have the mountain parks, which are spectacular. There's some some parks that we've that we've really really liked because they have nice mix of trails and fabulous scenery include the mountain parks right in town. And also thinking of the Phoenix mountains, preserve I'm thinking of all of those north so user mountain park Dowell park farther out is lost further out. Okay. The problem with the parks like doing the Camelback hike is that you're there with ten thousand other people so the Camelback so there are places to hike inside the city I've been in Phoenix mountain preserve which is an easy hike. And then there's. Camelback mountain, which is between Phoenix and Scottsdale, which is a much more strenuous hike, but a very popular hike, especially to go up there for sunrise is a very popular thing to do. But yeah, it is more popular while you can get around Phoenix proper Phoenix in Mesa Tempa without a car because of the light rail, you cannot get to Scottsdale on the light rail, but you can get to the others. Generally Phoenix is so much easier with a car, and if you have a car like I say north cave creek has that's a beautiful park. It's not too far out of the city. If you're staying up in Scottsdale, I generally stay on the east end of the city. I generally stay way out in Mesa the eastern end may so or in Apache junction and from their lost Dutchman state park is just stunningly beautiful Usery mountain state usury mountain recreation area, there's a number of trails out there that are tackler take you right up into the edge of the superstition mountains. So you have the desert and you have the mountains and went flowers are in bloom. It's just it's a gorgeous air. Area. Do you have a particular trail you recommend the to remember by name? Well, this chew suggestions one is just about any of the lower trails in Las Dutchman are fabulous beautiful. And then there's a trail if you wanna go all the way out to gold canyon, which is at that far edged the mountains at the Phoenix area. There's a trail out there called the hieroglyphics trail, which has it's a not too difficult though. I haven't been out there in a few years, but it's still open. It's not too difficult trail that leads out to a basin where there's sometimes waterfall. There's always usually a pool, and then there's petroglyphs on all the cliffside some of them you walk right past the first time, I was out there. We were looking for the petroglyphs in. We were looking so hard for them thinking they'd be hard to find that we actually walked by them. I turned around at some point and looked at my girlfriend in the petroglyphs like over her shoulder right there like where you could touch them. So that's. Tackler hike in. It's not a terribly hard hike. Please don't damage the petroglyphs and don't touch them while you're out there 'cause you could date that damages the the artwork, but that's a spectacular hike on that end like say, we've gone out cave creek in the north has really some wonderful, easy, easy hikes. Kemba Wimpy hiker these days. So. But I would spend the day just take your time and do one of the parks and enjoy the desert again if you're out there in the spring, the flowers in the desert are spectacular just spectacular. So that's my day. Three is Spencer timeout in for hiking around or in the mountain forests are in the desert area hiking around day four I'm going to suggest something that has nothing to do with Phoenix. Except that it's the only place you'll find this. And that is the musical instrument museum. Good. I was gonna get there. If you didn't. All right. And it's not the only place you'll find it. But we'll talk about the. Hoping to see the other one the spring. So the musical instrument museum, ignore the name. It's a music museum.