Scottsdale, Arizona enjoys almost 300 days of sunshine per year on average, compared to the US average of 205 sunny days. As the weather makes a turn toward snow in many parts of the country, Scottsdale is an ideal getaway to soak up the rays and get in some outdoor activity.


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Take in the beautiful desert and mountain landscape from the basket of a colorful hot air balloon. Sunrise is a popular time to take a balloon ride, and excursion options can include Champagne and a meal after the completion of the ride.


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The Scottsdale area is known for its great hiking, with more than 400 miles of maintained hiking trails in the area. Favorite hiking areas include Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak Summit Trail, and Cave Creek Regional Park.


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Scottsdale’s climate makes it a golfer’s dream. A variety of different course types offer locations perfect for all golfing levels, and the upcoming Scottsdale Golf Week is the perfect time to visit.

In addition to ballooning, hiking, and golf, you’ll discover that the Scottsdale area offers great cycling, climbing, off-roading, rafting, and so much more for thrill-seekers and lovers of the outdoors.

Of course, if you get tired from all of the outdoor activities you can do in Scottsdale, plan to relax poolside at  Sonesta Suites Scottsdale Gainey Ranch,your home-away-from-home in Arizona!

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