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The 12 best things to do in Scottsdale

You’re probably familiar with scorching summer temperatures and a postcard-perfect, Saguaro cactus-dotted landscape, but there’s much more to Arizona. Scottsdale is home to world-class museums, a thriving art scene and miles of trails winding through the Sonoran desert beauty.  It’s also surrounded by wineries, breweries, distilleries, farms and ranches, so naturally, plenty of agricultural riches end up on the tables at the city’s acclaimed restaurants. Four-star resorts with award-winning spas and golf courses offer another chance to be pampered as you enjoy the annual 330 days of sunshine. Here are 12 ways to experience the best that Scottsdale has to offer. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.

The 11 best restaurants in Scottsdale

Long gone are the days Arizona’s restaurant scene was defined by cowboy steaks and Southwestern fare. Scottsdale now boasts over 400 restaurants and those looking for the best things to do in town perennially seek out world-class cuisine to devour during meals that really turn into more of an experience. Surrounded by award-winning wineries, ranches and farms, Scottsdale is home to a variety of restaurants helmed by gifted chefs that share their signature takes on local bounty preparations, family traditions and cosmopolitan cuisine. From craft brew pubs sourcing local farmers, from markets to spots specializing in paella and sangria (to be enjoyed with a backdrop of Sonoran desert vistas), here are some of the best restaurants in Scottsdale.