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Scottsdale
Travel Guide

Scottsdale featuring street scenes, tropical scenes and night scenes

While this town typifies the Old West, it also has amazing modern art, exciting natural outdoor attractions and dozens of golf courses.

The city of Scottsdale has become a beacon for travelers looking for a warm Western vacation with plenty to see and do. Enjoy art, hiking, golf and a bit of history.

Appreciate the art and architecture of Scottsdale. Frank Lloyd Wright established his winter home here, Taliesin West, in 1937 in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. The site continues to operate as a training ground for architectural students and has become a national historic monument.

Take a walking tour to view some of Scottsdale’s nearly 100 pieces of permanent public art, ranging from the artistic and functional Soleri Bridge and Goldwater Bell to abstract objects and life-like human forms. Horses of the Old West are depicted in numerous statues across the city. Look for temporary art as well, including colored light installations along the Arizona Canal. Check to see what public workshops are being offered at the Scottsdale Civic Center during your trip.

In Old Town Scottsdale visit Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West to learn about the history of the 19 states of the American West. Nearby the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art displays the dynamic world of art, architecture and design with intriguing exhibits and interactive workshops.

Appreciate the dry heat in this part of the country, offering exquisite opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. Golf is very popular here. Select from more than 200 courses, including famous Troon North and Grayhawk Golf Club.

Explore the hundreds of miles of trails in and around the city. Northwestern Scottsdale has the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a permanently preserved 30,000-acre (12,000-hectare) desert habitat with over 170 miles (274 kilometers) of trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Arrange a tour of the area on ATV or rent a boat, Jet Ski or paddleboard to enjoy the waters of Lake Pleasant.

The Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is centrally located to Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe. Fly here and rent a car to study the arts, nature and history of south central Arizona.

3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$96 per night from 13 Jul. to 13 Jul.
Located in South Scottsdale, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Big Surf, Desert Botanical Garden and Scottsdale Stadium. Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical ...
3.9/5Good! (2,878 reviews)
"Front desk was friendly (Rosalev?), pool was great. Clean and comfortable although a little small"

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2021

3 Palms
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$224 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
This family-friendly Scottsdale resort is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Talking Stick Resort Casino, OdySea Aquarium and Salt River Fields ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,093 reviews)
"I liked the Dining experiences and the general excitement of the people that were there. No complaints to report. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, can't wait until my next visit."

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2021

Talking Stick Resort
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale
4 out of 5
5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$175 per night from 11 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Situated in the suburbs, this resort is within 2 miles (3 km) of Old Town, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Scottsdale Waterfront. Scottsdale Stadium is 2.2 mi ...
4.1/5Very Good! (954 reviews)
"Very accessible to restaurants ,shopping,Camelback Mountain"

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2021

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Wanderjaunt Shepherd 2BR North Scottsdale
Wanderjaunt Shepherd 2BR North Scottsdale
6735 E. Greenway Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is NZ$400 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Located in Kierland, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter and Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale. ...
3.3/5 (4 reviews)
Girls Getaway
"What a great place to relax at between shopping and lounging poolside ☀️ Nice to have a kitchen for breakfast and snacks. Close to great restaurants for delicious dinners. Quiet with view of golf course on lanai."

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Wanderjaunt Shepherd 2BR North Scottsdale
Golf View Resort Like Living in Heart of Old Town - 2 Bd + Den, 2 Ba, Garage!
Golf View Resort Like Living in Heart of Old Town - 2 Bd + Den, 2 Ba, Garage!
4015 N 78th St, Scottsdale, AZ
This family-friendly Scottsdale holiday home is located in South Scottsdale, within 1 mi (2 km) of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Old Town and Scottsdale ...
5/5Exceptional! (29 reviews)
We had a great stay at this condo! Very clean and felt right at home!
"We had a great stay at this condo! Very clean and felt right at home, The house was very open beds were super comfy and so is the couch. The first morning we didn’t even go on in my husband actually brought breakfast back to the condo so we can enjoy the patio and watch the golfers. We got to see ..."

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Golf View Resort Like Living in Heart of Old Town - 2 Bd + Den, 2 Ba, Garage!
2 Bedroom Suite AT THE Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AT Troon North
2 Bedroom Suite AT THE Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AT Troon North
10600 E Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale, AZ
Located in Troon North, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Pinnacle Peak Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of George "Doc" Cavalliere Park and Troon North ...
2 Bedroom Suite AT THE Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale AT Troon North
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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