What is it? The world’s largest global musical instrument museum, with a 13,500-item collection.
Why go? For a fascinating journey through the history of music. Allow plenty of time to wander the Geographic Galleries, divided by countries, the Experience Gallery for hands-on demonstrations, and the Artist Gallery with featured musicians from Taylor Swift to Elvis Presley and instruments such as the piano John Lennon used to compose “Imagine.” In between galleries, take a break to lunch on the patio at Allegro Café with dishes highlighting Arizona-grown ingredients. TIP: Check the website calendar for upcoming concerts at the acclaimed MIM Music Theater.
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.
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