Arizona Canal

A waterside ride from Scottsdale to Phoenix includes art, eats, and boutiques

Nora Burba Trulsson

Things to do

 Arizona Canal ― from Goldwater Boulevard to 24th Street and back: Pedal 14 miles round-trip for glimpses of Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak. Pull over at 56th Street for a stroll through Arizona Falls, a public-art display and hydroelectric plant; at 48th Street, learn the history of Arizona's irrigation. Between 40th and 32nd Streets, dip through Paradise Valley, past desert plants and cool architecture. 

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa: Bell staff will happily secure your bikes while you explore the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired hotel and browse the lobby-level shops for Lilly Pulitzer sportswear ― or lotions from the spa to soothe your taxed muscles later. Info: Historical hotel tours $10, 10 a.m. Tue, Thu, Sat; 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; or 800/950-0086.

Chelsea's Kitchen: On your way back, hydrate with fresh-squeezed lemonade or a nice Syrah on the restaurant's shady canal-bank patio. Info: $$; lunch Mon-Fri, dinner daily; 5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602/957-2555.

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