Well, let’s get this out of the way: Yes, Phoenix is hot in August. But the old axiom is that “it’s a dry heat,” and there’s truth to that. The Sonoran Desert’s super-low humidity means warm days can actually feel pretty nice, and the arid climate causes perspiration to evaporate quickly, keeping you cooler and drier. Plus, the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has a killer pool scene.
Though it will be toasty, our Sonoran Desert landscape, with its iconic saguaro cacti, can still be safely explored with these fun summer ideas. You can also experience the desert from land, air and water with a local tour company, trek through the desert under a moonlit sky, or paddle your way down the Salt River alongside wild horses and bald eagles.
If you’d prefer to spend your time here in air-conditioned comfort, the nearby Musical Instrument Museum is the only one of its kind in the world, featuring more than 6,500 instruments from across the globe. A 25-minute drive from the resort brings you to Taliesin West, the former winter home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The landmark is open for a variety of tours.
Located a 15-minute drive from the resort is Scottsdale Quarter and the adjacent Kierland Commons. Both of these outdoor shopping complexes are home to a variety of high-end shops and restaurants popular with locals.
About 20-25 minutes away is central Phoenix, home to a number of popular eating, drinking and shopping spots, and Central Avenue, where you can explore the thoroughfare’s dining scene or jump on the light rail for a pub crawl.