The state of Arizona is one of the most diverse states in the country with every climate type within just a short drive of Phoenix and Scottsdale. Sitting at an elevation of just over 1,000 feet the Scottsdale/Phoenix area is located in the southern region of the Sonoran Desert, which covers a vast 55 million acres throughout Arizona, California and Mexico.
The Sonoran Desert is a land of stunning diversity—of ancient lava flows, shifting sand dunes, strange cacti, ephemeral waterways, unique native fish and frog populations, and a host of plant and animal life adapted to the extreme conditions of the desert.
Most individuals do not realize that driving a short 2 hours north of Scottsdale will bring you to elevations over 10,000 feet with ski/snowboard parks and huge mountains. The highest peak in Arizona is Mount Humphreys, which soars to 13,986 feet above sea level. Snowbowl ski resort is a popular destination in the winter for skiing and snowboarding activities and in the summer for the hiking and incredible views of Flagstaff and the surroundings.
Continuing north from Flagstaff will bring you to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon! Everybody owes it to himself or herself to visit this masterpiece in person at least once in their lifetime. Digging its way to almost a mile deep (1600 meters) by running water from the Colorado River the mere sight will give you shivers.
Scottsdale promotes travel to the Grand Canyon through many great tour operators. One of the most unique is from a seat aboard the Grand Canyon Railway. These memorable trips depart from the city of Williams, AZ daily.
Nobody traveling to Scottsdale or Phoenix should miss the opportunity to visit the famous town of Sedona either. The spectacular and mesmerizing Red-Rock covering as far as the eye can see is equally as beautiful as the Grand Canyon. One of the most popular trips from the city is a multi-day excursion hitting Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and the historic town of Jerome. Your concierge with Latitude 8 Vacation Rentals can assist with recommendations.
Even though Arizona is incredibly diverse and full of wonderful sites throughout the state, staying right here in the "Valley of the Sun" will fulfill your heart’s desire. Scottsdale has some of the best restaurants, adventures, golfing, shopping, nightlife, weather, cultural events, sporting events, universities, and much, much more. Almost every visitor that travels to Scottsdale and Phoenix for the first time is completely overwhelmed with how clean and fun it is. This is one of the reasons why the Phoenix area is the fastest growing city in the country.
We at Latitude 8 Vacation Rentals truly offer Luxury Vacation Rentals at affordable prices and look forward to your stay with us!