Hotel Valley Ho is in Downtown Scottsdale, just minutes from great shopping, dining, art galleries, and more. Whether you are looking for a challenging hiking trail or great local restaurant, the concierge is your guide for where to eat, relax, and play. Contact the concierge at 480.421.7705 or HVHConcierge@HotelValleyHo.com.
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Hotel Valley Ho's Magical History Tour
Hotel Valley Ho offers an architectural walking tour of the buildings and grounds, led by a local expert from Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours. The tour explores the classic design elements and history of the hotel, as well as the stories of its celebrity past.
Scottsdale & Phoenix Highlights Tour
See Scottsdale and Phoenix up close, via van. Sights include Old Town Scottsdale, the Capitol Building, Copper Square, and Chase Field. Since these two cities were largely built around the automobile, this is truly one of the best ways to explore.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
SMoCA, as it is known, is the only contemporary art museum in the valley, and has a global scope. The building housing the museum was designed by famous valley architect Will Bruder, and the museum has a variety of ongoing exhibitions. SMoCA is conveniently located less than a mile from the Valley Ho, in Old Town Scottsdale.
Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum opened in 1959, and ever since it has been a major center of art and culture in the valley. The museum's collection includes over 18,000 works from many different countries and time periods. Monet, Norman Rockwell, Rembrandt, and Annie Leibowitz are some of the artists whose work can be seen.
Cosanti, in nearby Paradise Valley, is the sculpture studio and residence of renowned environmental architect Paolo Soleri. The buildings which compose it are experimental in design and were begun in the 1950s. While visiting, watch artists make ceramic and bronze wind bells.
Frank Lloyd Wright began constructing Taliesin West in 1937, as his winter home, studio, and as an architecture school. Located in northeast Scottsdale, it is famous for its organic and modern design, and is the main campus for the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. A variety of tours are offered.
Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park
Pueblo Grande exists to preserve the ruins of a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village, which lies in modern-day Phoenix. Excavations and home reproductions can be viewed throughout the park's 102 acres.
The Heard Museum represents one of the most outstanding collections of Southwest Native American arts and crafts in the country. It offers ten exhibition galleries, a sculpture gallery, shop, cafe, and free guided tours. The Heard's main location is in central Phoenix, with another in North Scottsdale.
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden is located in Papago Park and features over 10,000 desert plants, including many endangered species. A variety of guided tours are available, or wander at your own pace.
The Phoenix Zoo has been rated one of the top 10 zoos in the country, and one of the top 5 for kids. It offers a variety of exhibits, including one with native Arizona plants and animals, and over 1200 animals are on display.
Outdoors & Adventure
Arizona is a year-round golfer's paradise. In winter, the mild climate and warm sunny days create peak playing conditions for the golf enthusiast. Both spring and fall offer mild temperatures and great mid-season rates, creating great values for groups of 2 to 20. During the summer months, greens fees and hotel rates are deeply discounted. Take advantage of the Preferred Golf Club.
Saddle up and experience the West! Enjoy a guided western trail ride. Beginners are welcome.
Biking & Running
Take one of our very own retro-style beach cruisers for a spin. Arizona's weather is often perfect for biking, and Old Town is always a fun place to explore on two wheels. If a longer ride is what you prefer, then ride down to the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt. The 7.5-mile greenbelt is a park that runs through the center of the city. Or if shopping is your thing, take a lock and ride on down to Fashion Square Mall and the Waterfront. Check out our biking and running guide here.
There are many great hiking trails close to the Hotel. Camelback Mountain serves as our backdrop and offers Echo Canyon and Cholla Trails. Dreamy Draw Park and the Piestawa Peak also offer great trails and views. Check out our hiking recommendations here.
Hot Air Balloons
Why not try a once-in-a-lifetime experience...a wonderful ride up high in a hot air balloon! You will be picked up early for a spectacular sunrise flight. Soar through the breathtaking scenery and unforgettable panoramas as you gently lift off and float with the wind. When the balloon sets softly down, you will be taken to a relaxing champagne picnic and presented with a first flight certificate.
Experience a breathtaking flight over beautiful scenery. Whether it is a journey to the Grand Canyon, or the beauty of the red rocks of Sedona, this will be a highlight you will remember for a lifetime. All flights operate at the highest level of safety and service. Let's fly.
Phoenix Jeep Tours
Experience the untamed desert via a four-wheel drive Jeep. Mountains and cacti provide the background for an adventurous and engaging experience. Your guide will explain the plants, wildlife, history, and folkore of the desert. Stops for hiking, sightseeing, and photography will be made, so you may want to bring along a camera and some sturdy shoes.
Hummers & ATVs
Experience an extreme adventure centered on the unmatched capabilities of a Hummer. The H1 can climb a 22-inch vertical wall, scale a 60-degree slope, traverse a 40-degree side slope, and ford 30 inches of water. Or try a ride on a fully-automatic ATV, where you are in control. Navigate your way through seasonal creeks, sandy washes, rocky riverbeds, and rugged desert trails. The desert is your playground.
Canyon Lake & Apache Trail
The Apache Trail was constructed at the turn of the 20th century as a way to get building materials to Roosevelt Dam, which was being constructed at the time. Canyon Lake is about an hour from the hotel, and is 15 miles into the Trail, along the Salt River. It twists for 10 miles through a gorge known as the "Junior Grand Canyon", where steamboat tours are offered.
Outside the Valley
Grand Canyon by Air
Take a flight to the Grand Canyon, seeing Sedona and Oak Creek along the way. Enjoy wonderful views of the colorful, steep-sided gorge, famously carved by the Colorado River. Two tours are offered; one all-day and one half-day. The all-day tour allows you to step off the plane and enjoy a close-up view of the Canyon, with a few hours for hiking and sightseeing, as well as lunch. The half-day tour does not leave the air.
Grand Canyon by Road
This tour will take you to the canyon by van, stopping at an authentic Navajo trading post along the way. Spend a few hours hiking, taking pictures, or simply taking in the panoramic views of the Grand Canyon.
Sedona by Road
See Sedona's famous red rock cliffs and canyons by van, as well as Montezuma's Castle (a Native American cliff dwelling), and the old copper mining town of Jerome. You will want to bring your camera, as Sedona is Arizona's most photographed town. Sedona also offers great Jeep tours once you are there.
Other Tours by Road
The Apache Trail and Tombstone are other van tours offered.
For more information on any of these tours, attractions, and activities, please call the concierge at 480.421.7705 or email HVHConcierge@hotelvalleyho.com.