As much as I love college, it was so nice going back home to Arizona for Thanksgiving break. I needed a week to relax and be with my family and friends. I missed all my favorite spots back home so I decided to share a few of the places I love in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area of Arizona. Also, for all these locations, parking is free.
Pinnacle Peak: I absolutely love hiking because of the workout and pretty scenery. This hike is by far the most beautiful hike in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. It’s a pretty easy hike but I was still a bit sore the next day!
The Henry: A Fox restaurant never disappoints and The Henry is no exception. I usually go for brunch and sit on the patio or bar top. There are plenty of photo opportunities whether it’s a food pic or posing by the entrance so I’d go camera ready! As with any other Fox restaurant, it’s very busy so you might want to plan ahead and make reservations. Also, there’s a designated area for people to work so you can enjoy coffee and pastries while getting work done. I’ve never worked there personally, but it seems like a very nice work environment.
Lux Central: Lux and the library are the only places I’m actually productive and get work done at. It has such a great work environment, making me feel so much more motivated. There are also plenty of food and drink options — you have to get their mac and cheese, it’s to die for. It’s usually always busy, so it might take a few minutes to find parking. I know this may seem obvious, but don’t park in front of the fire hydrant — I got a parking ticket for it (the parking cops are merciless lol).
Squaw Peak: Squaw Peak has always been my go-to hike for a great workout. It’s not as scenic as Pinnacle Peak, but I like that it’s a tougher trail. It requires more balance and strength! This takes me about 1.5 hours to complete. Unlike Pinnacle Peak where the trail is smooth, this is full of rocks and stones so be careful!
Whether you’re a native to Arizona or just visiting the area, I recommend checking out these places! 🙂