You can buy anything from Native American jewellery and cowboy boots to fine art and designer labels in Arizona. Scottsdale is well-known as a retail Mecca, and has both high-end fashion and flagship stores at its famous Fashion Square, as well as high street names at its other malls. Art lovers should head to the galleries of the Marshall Way Arts District.
Anyone who likes to work on their swing will be spoilt for choice. This may be the desert, but there's over 200 courses in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area alone - so there's no reason why you shouldn't go home with an improved handicap. Many of the courses have spectacular settings, with the desert providing a stunning backdrop.
From art to aeroplanes, there's plenty to keep you interested on Arizona holidays. Scottsdale has the fantastic Museum of Modern Art; Tucson has the Pima Air and Space Museum, as well as the astonishing 'boneyard of 4000 abandoned planes on the US Air Force base next door; while Phoenix's must-see destination is the captivating Heard Museum, devoted to Native American culture and history.
Getting out into the desert, whether it's by car, on foot, or on horseback, is essential. There's fantastic landscapes to savour, especially at sunset, and getting your picture taken next to a giant saguaro cactus is a must. Visit in the springtime and you'll see the terrain transformed by a blanket of colourful wildflowers.
Superb restaurants, great bars, inspiring performing arts and a buzzing club scene are all part of the deal here. Tucson's blend of Mexican and classic Southwest food is legendary; Phoenix has top notch ballet, opera and theatre, including Broadway hits; and anyone who likes to dance and drink the night away should hit the happening bars and clubs of Scottsdale.