By now, you’ve probably noticed that your Scottsdale vacation rental sits smack-dab in one of America’s most beautiful areas. Luckily, the geology of Arizona has produced numerous mountains and plateaus from which we can gaze over the splendor of the region from high above. Whether getting to these gorgeous vistas takes a small hike or just a quick drive right up to the overlook, the view is always worth the effort. Here are a few of the best places to take in a panoramic view around the city of Scottsdale:

Taliesin Overlook: Take a short hike on the Lost Dog Wash Trail in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park and you’ll be treated to amazing view of the city of Scottsdale. It’s a little less than a six-mile round trip from the parking area at the end of North 124th Street, and that’s not a lot of work for what you’ll get in return: a stunning glimpse of the valley floor, Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak.

Dobbins Lookout: Located in the South Mountain Regional Park just below Phoenix, the Dobbins Lookout is accessible by trail or by vehicle for those who’d prefer to get there without the sweat. Popular at sunset, this extraordinary spot looks north across the city toward the mountains beyond. Turn your gaze to the east and watch planes taking off and landing from Sky Harbor International Airport, or look to the west to see houses and streets gradually fade away into pristine desert.

Theodore Roosevelt DamInspiration Point & Roosevelt Dam Overlooks: These two overlooks, just an hour or so east of town in the Tonto National Forest, are well worth the drive. Located on Arizona Route 88, Inspiration Point gives viewers a spectacular look at the largest lake in central Arizona as well as the bridge that spans it. The Roosevelt Overlook provides a full view of the Salt River, Theodore Roosevelt Lake, and the downstream face of the Roosevelt Dam.

This February, why not take a little vacation within a vacation, a short escape from the hustle and bustle of the city of Scottsdale? Head for the hills and take in the breathtaking landscape that surrounds your Scottsdale vacation rental. No matter which view you choose, it’ll certainly be a trip worth taking.