Scottsdale, AZ

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Scottsdale showing street scenes, night scenes and tropical 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.

Where to stay in Scottsdale

3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257
The price is $60 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the ...
3.8/5 Good! (3,030 reviews)
Nice
"The remote to the tv wouldn’t turn the volume down and it was very loud. Got a new remote and then the channel wouldn’t change. Pool was the best part. Manager was rude to my husband but nice to me. Room was a lil beaten up. Definitely wasn’t the nicest. Pillows were amazing though"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

3 Palms
The Scottsdale Plaza Resort & Villas
The Scottsdale Plaza Resort & Villas
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85253
The price is $101 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 5 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,948 reviews)
"Clean, well-maintained, convenient location. I stayed in a villa, and it was clean, huge, and beautiful. Parking was really easy. If I had to think of one negative thing, the pillows were way too soft for me. I can't sleep on soft pillows, so I had a really hard time falling asleep. Other than that, ..."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort & Villas
Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town
Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town
3 out of 5
7300 E 3rd Ave, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251
The price is $82 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,003 reviews)
"Very comfortable and quiet. Elevator extremely slow"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hyatt Place Scottsdale/Old Town
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.
Hilton Vacation Club Scottsdale Links Resort
Hilton Vacation Club Scottsdale Links Resort
3 out of 5
16858 N Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260
The price is $85 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3-star golf condo in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,161 reviews)
"Very nice pool area activities spacious rooms."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

Hilton Vacation Club Scottsdale Links Resort
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
17700 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255
The price is $135 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly aparthotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (787 reviews)
"This resort is amazing great customer service beautiful villa highly recommend"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Hilton Vacation Club Scottsdale Villa Mirage
Hilton Vacation Club Scottsdale Villa Mirage
3.5 out of 5
7887 E Princess Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255
The price is $85 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 16
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,414 reviews)
Good for kids entertainment
"It was very nice, they have great outdoors entertainment, but we didn't expected the rooms where so tiny.... they look old and it was actually really smelly, till some one came over & spray on it... so it was ok but not really impressed about this place."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Hilton Vacation Club Scottsdale Villa Mirage
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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