Visitors on their first visit to the western United States are often surprised by the scale of the geography and the distance between familiar-sounding points of reference. Some travelers do not realize that many places are far apart, but if you’re traveling to Scottsdale and flying into Phoenix, you’re in luck – Phoenix and Scottsdale are both part of the Phoenix metro area and you can drive between the two cities in a matter of minutes because they share a city border. If you’re thinking of traveling to Scottsdale, you have many different outdoor activities to choose from. Scottsdale is surrounded on the east and north by wide open desert and a large part of the city has been converted into a desert preserve with dozens of miles of multi-use trails. The city has wide smooth roads, spared by the winter rainfall that causes potholes in most of the USA and perfect for serious road cycling. Whether you prefer to hike, mountain bike, road ride, or are looking for something unique like a fun stand up paddleboarding experience, Scottsdale has adventure to offer.