My husband and I will be traveling to AZ from MN in November. After spending three days in Sedona, we will be driving to our hotel in downtown Phoenix (the Sheraton) where my husband will be spending his days at a conference.
I'm looking for things to do myself during the day. From the sounds of it, the area isn't real exciting. I will have a rental car but don't want to be traveling an hour just to find something to do. I enjoy shopping, browsing boutiques, and just being outside (wineries, sculpture gardens, etc). I prefer to immerse myself in local stores and restaurants verses going to a mall that has all the same stores that we have here at the Mall of America. I am also a photographer and would love to spend time exploring with my camera in hand .. Provided I felt safe.
I am also looking for restaurant ideas for my husband and I for dinners each night. Again, we prefer local restaurants over chains. We are not necessarily fancy people, but we enjoy good food. Would love to try some southwest cuisine.
We have been to Scottsdale for a conference and stayed at the Westin. Neither of us got to explore much that visit though. This time we are looking to a kid free vacation (we are in our 30's) and hope to have a great time outside the conference.