Regan Copeland, lead concierge, Mountain Shadows Resort, shares her advice on best places to visit while in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area.
Q: What do you love most about the Valley?
A: I love the mountains. Living in the Valley of the Sun allows me to experience great hikes, but also to see all of our surrounding mountains in silhouette when there are spectacular sunsets.
Q: What stops should be on every visitor’s “bucket list” when visiting?
A: My top three suggestions are: Desert Botanical Gardens, which makes the desert look magical, and always has new and exciting exhibits to enhance your experience; Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and school of architecture, which offers a fascinating, informative tour as well as beautiful views of north Scottsdale; and the Heard Museum, an indoor museum dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, with an emphasis on the Southwest.
Q: Suggestions for best under-the-radar sites or off-the-beaten-track things to do?
A: Arizona Falls features a natural 20-foot water drop and has unique public art. There is a section where you can relax while surrounded by water on three sides. The best part: it’s free!
Q: Favorite local restaurant for a guest looking for a night on the town?
A: I love restaurants with a view and great food. Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has wonderful, Asian-inspired cuisine. It is very romantic.
Q: Best places to take kids of all ages?
A: My favorite place to take everyone would be the Musical Instrument Museum, which features self-guided tours (with headsets) of instruments from all over the world, grouped by continent.
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