I was invited to Experience Scottsdale in November 2016 and was stunned with the absolute beauty of the art, architecture and landscape. I loved my time in this part of Arizona and cannot wait to return.
Where did I stay in Scottsdale? at The Hotel Valley Ho. I loved the charm of this iconic location and the best view of Camelback mountain for sunrise and sunset from the 8th floor rooftop.
Is it worth waking up for sunrise in Scottsdale? I think so! The reward of the colors and views is spectacular.
VIDEO: Sunrise in Scottsdale? #2
Where to eat in Scottsdale?
Dinner at Craft 64 was so fantastic that I asked to go back the next day and learn to make Mozzarella cheese with Chef Josh Ivey!
Why was I visiting Scottsdale?
For the 2016 Travel Classics West Writers Conference. I was honored to participate in "The World's Most Exclusive Conferences for Professional Travel Writers and Editors." I learned so much from the morning panel discussions and the afternoon one-on-one meetings with editors were fantastic. We had many marvelous meals, excursions and explored Scottsdale with new friends.
Where to find the best dessert in the desert? I loved my sundae in downtown Scottsdale! Thank you to Sugar Bowl Fiesta for making my childhood ice cream fantasies come TRUE! They have five different banana splits on the menu.
VIDEO: Best Dessert in the Desert? Sugar Bowl Fiesta
Thank you to Experience Scottsdale and Visit Arizona for inviting me. I was hosted by them for my visit and all opinions are my own. I enjoyed it so much I wrote about Scottsdale for Travelocity as a one of the "Best Places to Visit in the USA in 2017."
Lisa Niver is a travel expert, writer, artist, entrepreneur, and on-camera host who has explored over 95 countries. Niver has nearly one million video views on YouTube, Amazon Fire Tv and Roku; she is the founder of We Said Go Travel. She recently interviewed Fabien Cousteau and skied with the blind.
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