Take It From a Pro: Make the Most of Your Phoenix Visit

Beautiful sunsets, palm trees and mountains in the same vista and great shopping and dining await you.

Concierge Chana Barksdale, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, shares her recommendations on visiting the Phoenix-Scottsdale area.

Q: What do you love most about Arizona? 

A: I love the hues of the sunrises and sunsets, the palm trees and mountains in the same view, the comforting breeze as it meets the warmth of the sun. 

Q: What stops should be on every visitor’s bucket list when visiting? 

A: Old Town Scottsdale. So much to see and experience—dining, shopping, museums, galleries, entertainment and more. The red rocks of Sedona (two hours away) and the Grand Canyon (three and a half hours away).­ The majestic beauty can’t be captured by photos from a camera or a phone. 

Q: Favorite local restaurant for a guest looking for a night on the town? 

A: I love good food and live music, when you add a local vibe to the mix—it’s Marcellino Ristorante

Q: Best places to take kids of all ages? 

A: Odysea in the Desert’s entertainment destination is hours of enjoyment that includes Odysea Aquarium, Butterfly Wonderland and Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs. The Scottsdale entertainment district is summed up as: “Eat. Shop. Play.” 

Q: Do you have any suggestions for the best under-the-radar sites or off-the-beaten-track things to do? 

A: MIM (Musical Instrument Museum)—it’s a masterpiece! 

Q: What are some good spots to capture a great selfie? 

A: Camelback Mountain has an amazing view, Papago Park’s Hole in the Rock is a great place for views of the sunset and Desert Botanical Garden—what is a visit out West without cactus! 

Q: Expert tip?

A: Water, water, water. Stay hydrated.