Don't want to spend all your pennies? Head to the desert. Scottsdale may be well known for golfing, sunshine, and cacti, but there's a plethora of budget-friendly activities to be enjoyed. Proximity to Phoenix's major airport makes getting to Scottsdale a breeze. With a range of accommodations available for various budgets, you can choose to stay on the cheaper end without a problem. Traveling during the shoulder season (October-December) will help with pricing as well. For affordable activities, head outdoors to explore the desert on foot. Hike the McDowell Sonoran Preserve to stretch your legs in the desert landscape, and fill up on cheaper eats via abundant food trucks afterwards.