So Many Different Views Of Scottsdale
We had an amazing stay in Sedona, Arizona. But it was a busy 4 days. So when we arrived at our next stop, we wanted the relaxing views of Scottsdale.
The calm oasis at the Hermosa Inn in Scottsdale provided a great break. But day trips gave us many different views of Scottsdale. Red rocks, cactus, flowers, vast luxury resorts and end of day viewpoints provided such a variety of perspectives on this lovely area just outside of Phoenix.
A Beautiful Relaxing Oasis View of Scottsdale
We planned to have a busy time on our fall travels to Utah and Arizona. So when we developed our itinerary, we knew we wanted a break at the end of the trip. Especially since we hit the Phoenix area on the U.S. Columbus Day weekend.
We did not want a large resort full of celebrating families. So after getting some input, we booked 3 days at the charming boutique Hermosa Inn.
The minute we walked through the tree lined paths to our casita we knew we chose well. The casita had space to spread out. And a big soaker bathtub!
Paths wandered through a green oasis of flowers and cactus. The pool invited us to jump in as the temperatures in Scottsdale hit over 101℉ (38℃) during the day in October.
We enjoyed many great meals without ever leaving the property. I became quite addicted to the caramel goodness of the Monkey Bread. LON’s was a four diamond restaurant that offered delicious food from breakfast to dinner.
Even though we ventured out a bit, we needed a break at this point in our trip. But we sure enjoyed the relaxing views of Scottsdale at the Hermosa Inn.
Resort Views In Scottsdale With Travel Friends
On our visit to Arizona, we could not miss the chance to meet-up with Nirvi and Neha from the @RoadTripCouple team. We finally managed to find a date that worked while we visited Scottsdale.
On our drive to La Hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess we caught our first glimpse of the Hunter’s Moon. The Hunter’s Moon was the first full moon after a Harvest Moon. We figured it was perfect to centre a palm tree in the moon. And to catch it over the resort.
We had an amazing Mexican dinner at La Hacienda. It was fun to learn more about tequila from the Tequila Goddess who tempted us with two different tequila flights. There were differences in both colours and tastes. We enjoyed the chance to learn more about Nirvi and Neha and share travel stories. It was always great to meet interesting people who shared our love of travel.
We only got a small look at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort on our visit. There were also a few other resorts recommended for us to check out. We quickly saw that this was certainly the place for resort views of Scottsdale. A great reason to plan a return visit. Especially after we learned that there were easy direct flights to Phoenix from Toronto.
Red Rock Views Of Scottsdale
We saw so many amazing red rock views when we toured the Utah National Parks. They mesmerized us when we explored Page in Arizona. And then we got wowed on our stay in Sedona. But as we moved to the lower elevations, the landscape changed to a sandy colour. And filled with cactus.
But it did not take us long to see that Scottsdale had many red rock views to catch. The iconic red rock views of Scottsdale seemed to centre around Camelback Mountain. When we got close to the mountain at Echo Canyon, we saw interesting red rock. But not a distinctive shape.
But when we drove back and from a certain angle, the large red rock structure definitely looked like a camel with a hump. We saw how the mountain got its name.
When we scouted for spots to see the Hunter’s Moon rise, we checked out the red hills at Papago Park. From there we moved over and saw the Hole in the Rock. The hole in the rock was filled with people when we visited. It reminded us very much of our visit to see the sights at Arches National Park.
The red rock views of Scottsdale were great to find on our visit.
Views Of Gardens And Cactus
We spent some time and drove around different areas in Scottsdale as we scouted for great locations to catch the full moon and sunset. We were intrigued with the many varieties of cactus we found. On our visit to Tucson, we learned much more about the native cactus when we visited the Seguaro National Park. The street art we found in Scottsdale blended right into the natural environment.
But we were probably most surprised to find so many plants in bloom in October. There was colour everywhere in the gardens.
When we walked around the outside of the Phoenix Zoo, we were delighted to find a large pond surrounded by greenery. And throwing off beautiful reflections.
The garden and cactus views of Scottsdale surprised us. We would love to return when the cactus are in bloom in the spring. We were sure that would be a magical sight.
Sunsets, Full Moons And City Views At Dobbins Lookout
After much searching around the Scottsdale and Phoenix area, we found the spot to watch the full moon rise. And the sun set.
We headed along Central Avenue to the park entrance for the South Mountains. The gate was closed for entry after sunset, so we were glad we got there early. Summit Road took us to the top at Dobbins Outlook (elevation 2230ft or 710m). It was another twisty mountain road. When we came down after dark, we moved very slowly around the curves.
The outlook parking lot was busy. People crawled over the old stone building at the outlook. Families and couples packed picnics and came up for the night show. Loud music and constant chatter broke what might have been a romantic spot.
We arrived just in time to catch the sunset. The sky lit up in orange and filled the sky. We were entranced with this end of day view.
While the sun set in the west, the full Hunter’s Moon rose in the east. As the last of the sunset colours faded, we moved to find a perfect vantage point for the moonrise. We had not factored in the time it would take the moon to come up above the mountains in the distance. But we finally saw the moonlight shine as the moon rose.
But this was not our last views of Scottsdale for the night. We used our phones as flashlights to move over the rocks to get a view out over Phoenix. And we were rewarded as city lights sparkled and planes took off and landed at the nearby airport.
Sunset, moonrise and night lights provided the perfect views of Scottsdale before we packed to move to our next spot in Arizona.
We Enjoyed A Relaxing Oasis In Scottsdale
We planned this stay in Arizona for the relaxing views of Scottsdale. The Hermosa Inn provided that oasis of calm we wanted. But we were not content to just relax.
On our visit we enjoyed many different views of Scottsdale. Red rock views continued to delight us. Cactus and flowers brought colour. The many resort areas of Scottsdale provided great escapes. And the views from on high provided amazing vistas of sunsets, moon rises and night city lights.
On our next stop in Tucson, we planned another pampering stay at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain. But we also had plans to get a taste of Tucson in the fall as we finished our travels in Utah and Arizona.
Did you enjoy the many different views of Scottsdale? What did we miss at this stop?
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