The Premier Destination For Memorable Scottsdale Vacations
Escape on an exhilarating and unforgettable Scottsdale luxury vacation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Boasting a vibrant Native American heritage and stunning natural beauty, Arizona inspires the imagination and rejuvenates the soul. Take advantage of our convenient Scottsdale vacation package deals or allow our concierges to custom design a whole itinerary of fun-filled excursions, from two-to-three hour tours to half-day and evening adventures.
- Apache Trail: Follow the footsteps the Indians and prospectors took through the Superstition Mountains, Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, Tortilla Flat Trading Post, and the way to Roosevelt Dam. Please see the Concierges for a brochure, map & driving directions. Approximately a one-hour drive time, and a four-hour trail adventure.
- Arizona Science Center : Come out and play – you and your kids can make amazing things happen at the touch of a button, the turn of a knob, or a hop and a jump. The Arizona Science Center is packed with over 300 hands-on exhibits that let you be part of the action. Pilot a simulated airplane, dive into the human body, step into a virtual reality adventure, and much more. Within our $47 million, state-of-the-art Center, you can explore everything under the sun (and above it too). Located in downtown Phoenix. Approximately a 30-minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions.
- Art Museum – Phoenix Art Museum: Create your own entertaining and educational tour of the Museum’s collection with the state-of-the-art random access CD audio guide, available at the Admissions Desk. The audio guide also features special children and family stops. Children can explore the Museum together with their adult companions with activities in the KidPack, a child-size backpack full of things to do in the Museum, available for check out at the admissions desk. Remember to visit the interactive gallery for children, Artworks, where the entire family can have fun looking at art in a new way. All of these activities are free with Museum general admission. Please see the Concierges for driving directions
- AZ On-The-Rocks: Are you ready to try something new and exciting? Fully air conditioned indoor rock climbing gym. Whether you are five years old or 65 years old, a beginner or advanced climber, AZ on the Rocks has something for you. The climbing routes at AZ on the Rocks are rated from very easy to extremely difficult. Upon arrival at the gym you will be given a full orientation of the facility and climbing in general. You can then hit the walls for a great experience – all the while building your body and your mind. Approximately 14,000 square feet of climbing terrain with 31 foot high walls. Over 200 routes and problems-new routes set almost everyday. Approximately 2,800 square feet of bouldering -14 to 16 foot high. Gear rentals, lockers and showers. Approximately a 10 minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions.
- Ballpark Arizona: The city’s first comprehensive indoor baseball and softball training center. This 11,000 square foot facility features seven batting cages, pitching machines for both softball and baseball. Professional and Little League dirt pitching mounds and an artificial surface that can be used for infield practice or speed and agility drills once the batting cages are rolled back. Approximately a 30-minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for a map & driving directions.
- Cave Creek / Carefree: Truly authentic western towns with galleries, dining, and boutique shopping. Approximately a 30-minute drive. Please see the Concierges for a map & driving directions.
- Challenger Space Center: Inspire, Excite, Educate – A Galaxy of excitement awaits you. (In association with the Smithsonian Institution). Tour exciting new exhibits and space memorabilia, experience simulated space flight missions, enjoy a variety of space-themed movies in the aviation theatre, unique activities for all ages. See your Concierge for a 2 for 1 admission coupon. Approximately a 35-minute drive time. Reservations recommended. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions
- Chinese Cultural Center: This Cultural Center is considered the Chinatown of Phoenix with shopping, dining, and cultural events conveniently locate near Sky Harbor Airport. Approximately a 30-minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for a map & driving directions .
- Cosanti: The Cosanti Galleries offer spectacular displays of wind bells, cast in bronze and ceramics. Original Soleri sculptures, graphics and sketches. Visitors are encouraged to tour Cosanti and watch the hand crafting of Soleri Wind bells. Approximately a 15-20-minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions .
- Cracker Jax: Sports and Fun for Everyone: Optical delusion course & AMaze’N Putt Putt Golf, Slugger Stadium (improve your batting average), Ace Alley (tournament style sand volleyball), Lagoon Island & CJ’s Boat Cruise (water surrounded by lush landscaping, bumper boats), Cyber City (5,000 sq. ft. video and interactive skill games), Cracker Jax Speedway & Jax Trax Oval (longest go-kart track in AZ). Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions .
- Desert Botanical Gardens: The Desert Botanical Garden is home to one of the worlds largest, most diverse collections of desert plants from places spanning the globe. Throughout the year fascinating interactive exhibits, docent guided tours, and fun filled activities captivate visitors of all ages. The Desert Botanical Gardens also provides important information about the desert environment in which they live. Approximately a 30-minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for a map & driving directions.
- Deer Valley Rock Art Center: Merges past, present, and future – explore evidence of past human activity and learn about its connection to life in the 20th century. It is fascinating for all ages. With hundreds of petroglyphs, the Center can be a place that carries us into the past. In the midst of urban development and modern technology, it can also show us how the past remains meaningful today. Established to preserve the 1,500 ancient petroglyphs on its grounds and operated by Arizona State University’s Department of Anthropology. Please see the Concierges for a map & driving directions .
- Fiddlesticks: Family Fun Park, 2-story laser tag arena, 7-ride Kiddie Land with Rookie Go-Karts, Kiddie Coaster & More! Mini-Golf, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Video Arcade. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions
- Heard Museum: Discover the rich Native American heritage of the southwest. Ten exciting exhibit galleries featuring native and contemporary Native Art. Journey through the southwest in this exhibit showcasing the best of the museum’s extensive collection including baskets, jewelry, pottery and textiles. See a Navajo Hogan, an Apache Wickiup and a Hopi corn grinding room. Many of the Heard Museum’s galleries feature hands-on activities that let children and adults explore Native Art. Approximately a 30-40-minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions.
- Hiking in the Valley: Experience some of the most scenic mountains and colorful desert vegetation on hiking trails that cover miles throughout the valley. See your Concierge for hiking locations and driving directions. Please see the Concierges for a list of all the hiking locations & driving directions.
- Lakes: Visit the Jewels of Arizona – Saguaro & Canyon Lake, the scenery is absolutely beautiful; Relax, Refresh & Recreate, enjoy Fishing, Boating, Skiing. Enjoy the “Desert Belle” paddleboat on Saquaro Lake with a relaxing 90 minute narrated public tour entertaining and educating for nature lovers of all ages. Please see the Concierges for a map & driving directions.
- McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park: Train and Carousel, railroad Museum, playgrounds, desert arboretum. Lots of fun for the family. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions.
- Mesa Southwest Museum: Experience the Amazing History of the Southwest from ancient cultures to the vast biodiversity of our region. Discovery resource Center; a hands on, education area that our youngest guests are sure to enjoy. Explore museum collections through interactive computer programs, “please-touch” artifacts and special interpretive games. Please see the Concierges for a map & driving directions.
- Movie Theaters : See your Concierge for a list of all the current movies playing at the nearest theaters.
- Old Town Scottsdale & Art Galleries: In downtown Scottsdale’s Historic shopping district you will find more than 400 one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, restaurants, nightlife, museums and entertainment venues. Approximately a 30-minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for an Old Town Scottsdale Map & driving directions.
- Phoenix Zoo : (located next to Desert Botanical Gardens) The nations leading private nonprofit zoo. Home to more than 1300 animals, 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals and reptiles from around the world. Enjoy the Zoo’s four distinct trails, including the popular Arizona Trail featuring plants and animals of the Southwest. Approximately a 30-minute drive time . Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions .
- Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park: Explore Ancient Arizona, tour a prehistoric Hohokam ruin, exhibits featuring ancient Hohokam artifacts, walk through replicas of Hohokam homes, visit an ancient ballcourt, discover the excitement of archeology in a hands-on exhibit for kids of all ages, visit the Museum Store featuring authentic American Indian arts and crafts. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions.
- Rawhide Western Town: Step back in time to Rawhide, Arizona’s authentic 1880’s Western Town with events, attractions, gold panning, stagecoach rides, water games, a wonderful steakhouse, and more. Enjoy the rough and tumble days of the Old West at this 160-acre living museum. Approximately a 10-minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions
- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: Located in Scottsdale’s popular Old Town district, this museum features the most compelling modern and contemporary art, architecture and design from around the globe. Designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, SmoA’s minimalist building (an ingenious renovation of a former movie theater) includes a public “skyspace” by the acclaimed artist James Turrell (one of only a handful in the world), where visitors can experience the ever-changing light of the desert sky. SMoCA also presents a wide variety of changing exhibitions, educational programs and special events for families. Please see the Concierges for a brochure & driving directions.
- Shopping on Scottsdale Road: Shop at some of the finest upscale shops, boutiques, art galleries, and Native American & Southwest treasures. Please see your Concierges for a list of shopping along Scottsdale Road, with a map & driving directions.
- Taliesen West: Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal residence and architectural school. From the beginning, this remarkable set of buildings astounded architectural critics with its beauty and unusual form. Daily guided tours. Approximately a 10-minute drive time. Please see the Concierges for a brochure of tour times & driving directions.
Recommended Day Trips
- Grand Canyon , One of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Grand Canyon offers spectacular vistas of canyon walls that have been sculpted from the earth over the millennia by the mighty Colorado River. The shifting sun creates a palette of constantly changing colors, from deep russet to pale pink, from washed granite to golden brown. The South Rim is open year-round. Experience it through nature walks and mule rides into the Canyon, or by driving around its scenic edge. The North Rim is open from mid-May through October, depending on weather conditions, and lodging is available. The Grand Canyon is a five-hour drive from Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north from Phoenix to Flagstaff. From Flagstaff take Route 180 northwest to the Canyon.
- Sedona , Known as “Red Rock Country,” Sedona is located 125 miles north of the greater Phoenix area. A charming town named after Sedona Schnebly (an early settler’s wife), Sedona is best known for its extraordinary red rock scenery. Geological stages and ‘happenings’ (including oceans and volcanic eruptions) formed the awe-inspiring red rock formations over a span of 350 million years. In addition to these magnificent formations, visitors are also drawn to the climate, abundance of wildlife, and a vibrant community of artists, writers and actors. While in Sedona, guests can enjoy adventures such as riding with Red Rock or Pink Jeep Adventures, touring Montezuma’s Castle, hiking through national monuments such as Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock, shopping in the Spanish-style center, Tlaquepaque, or dining in many unique restaurants. Driving directions, maps and recommendations on dining/tours are available at the Concierge.
- Cave Creek/Carefree , Guests can spend the afternoon and enjoy the Old West in Cave Creek and Carefree. Just a 30-minute drive from the resort, Cave Creek and Carefree are truly authentic western towns. Guests can enjoy browsing the many galleries, boutique shopping and dining at a variety of restaurants. Please see Concierge for a recommendation for dining, a map and driving directions.
- Tuscon , Just 111 miles south of Phoenix, amid rolling foothill terrain, is Tucson, affectionately known as the “Old Pueblo.” Where Pima Indians, Spanish conquistadors and adventurous Mexican settlers once lived, stands a culturally rich city that celebrates its past with colorful festivals and fiestas. Among the intriguing excursions enticing visitors are a drive to Sabino Canyon and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. South of Tucson is the San Xavier del Bac Mission, the “White Dove of the Desert.” Built almost 300 years ago by Spanish missionaries, the statuesque white church is still used as a spiritual center for the Papago Indians. Visitors are welcome to explore this remarkable blend of architectural styles that is considered one of the finest Spanish colonial structures in the United States. Tucson is two hours south of Phoenix on Interstate 10.
- White Mountains , Arizona’s White Mountains, located in the eastern part of the state, offer a variety of attractions in a climate 30 degrees cooler than Phoenix. With an elevation of 9,000 feet, summer activities include golfing, camping, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and just relaxing. In winter, the White Mountains become just that — white. Sunrise Ski Resort offers outstanding ski runs and other winter sports opportunities, including snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross country skiing. Much of the White Mountains area is on Native American land, including the Hon-Dah Casino. Rodeos, cultural festivals and parades are common events in the White Mountains region. The White Mountains area is a four-hour drive from Phoenix with a wide range of accommodations available.
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