I am always on the lookout for transit-friendly destinations that are fun and unique, especially those that featuring arts and culture. A favorite of mine that meets all of these criteria is the western neighborhood with plenty of variety and history: Old Town Scottsdale.
I recently traveled to Scottsdale on a Thursday night to take part in the district’s ArtWalk. The event happens every week starting at 7 p.m. and has been running since 1975. I dropped my car off at one of Valley Metro’s many park-and-rides before hopping on bus route 72 to travel to the Old Town Scottsdale area. It’s not the only way to get there. Bus routes 41, 50 from Phoenix and the route 68 Camelback St also serve the area .
During my visit, I noticed that the restaurants along Scottsdale Road were packed during the dinner rush. The streets throughout Old Town were also crammed in with cars. I felt relieved knowing I avoided the hunt for a parking spot because I took the bus. While it was busy along Scottsdale Road, I found restaurants a block or two away with a quieter atmosphere.
I made my way through the shops on the way to the ArtWalk, finding something new around every corner. From small boutiques to gift shops, and even a sock store, Old Town Scottsdale seems like a great place to pick up a souvenir for a friend or relative.
After enjoying a sweet treat at a gelato shop on Main Street, I headed to the main event. The ArtWalk starts at Main Street and Scottsdale Road, with galleries on Main Street and Marshall Way that stay open late for the event. I explored the galleries, getting so close to the art that I could see the textures of the brushstrokes on the canvas. I noticed the wide range of art on display, from sculptures of animals to abstract paintings and beautiful sprawling landscapes. These included pieces from local Arizona artists and sketches from the great Pablo Picasso. Everything I observed in the galleries was for sale. While most pieces are out of my price range, there were some smaller works that I could have taken home for a more affordable price.
After I finished checking out the ArtWalk, I did a little more exploring before heading home. I found the bus stops conveniently placed on Scottsdale Road allowing me to wander around without worrying about a long walk back to the bus stop. When on fun trips like this I always have the new Valley Metro app handy. It lets me know about any schedule changes or delays, so I’m never wondering where my next bus is.
Looking for additional destinations to check out? Read more about places to go with Valley Metro here.