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Scottsdale, AZ

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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.

Where to stay in Scottsdale

3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $57 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
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! (2,960 reviews)
"Christina at the front was very know and and helpful!"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2021

3 Palms
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $126 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in South Scottsdale, this spa resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Town, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, and Scottsdale Fashion Square. Camelback ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,980 reviews)
"I would highly recommend this resort. The property was absolutely beautiful. The staff was so friendly. The service was excellent."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
5 out of 5
6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $287 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
This family-friendly Scottsdale resort is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Town, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and Scottsdale Waterfront. Camelback ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)
"This resort exceeded all of my expectations. Beautiful resort, staff was very friendly, room was clean and spacious. I always like going new places on vacations but I could see myself returning."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
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Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
7887 E Princess Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $79 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in North Scottsdale, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale, and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,303 reviews)
"Awesome property for families. Do recommend take advantage of the kitchen to enjoy the pool and movie nights."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
17700 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $127 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
This family-friendly Scottsdale aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (715 reviews)
"Large rooms. Completely furnished, including cooking utensils, etc. Nice pool and bar. Really impressed."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
16858 N Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $109 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in North Scottsdale, this golf condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale, and Scottsdale ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,970 reviews)
"Beautiful property that was spacious and had a great pool and outdoor play area for the kids. Was sad to leave."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
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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