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ScottsdaleUnited States of America

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

Scottsdale showing a small town or village and a river or creek

South Scottsdale

4.5/5Wonderful!(2,024 area reviews)

While visiting South Scottsdale, you might make a stop by sights like Scottsdale Fashion Square and Old Town.

South Scottsdale
Scottsdale Quarter

North Scottsdale

4.5/5Wonderful!(739 area reviews)

North Scottsdale is popular for its pristine golf courses, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Westworld of Scottsdale or Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale.

North Scottsdale
Scottsdale Quarter

Paradise Valley Village

4.5/5Wonderful!(129 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Paradise Valley Village, Kierland Commons and Shadow Mountain Preserve are top sights worth seeing.

Paradise Valley Village
Sunset in the desert #nofilter

Central Scottsdale

4.5/5Wonderful!(275 area reviews)

While visiting Central Scottsdale, you might make a stop by sights like Scottsdale Fiesta and Cactus Park.

Central Scottsdale
Quite possibly the best park in the country this place has a zip line  this huge thing that we're climbing, grills. They have lots of field space and even this really complicated thing where you need strength because you don't want to fall in the water. It's an awesome place after the cubs game.

Mesa Grande

4.5/5Wonderful!(67 area reviews)

The abundant dining options and lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Mesa Grande. A stop by Sloan Park or Mesa Riverview might round out your trip.

Mesa Grande
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Downtown

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Old Town and Scottsdale Fashion Square are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown

Top Hotels in Scottsdale

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $117 per night

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! (2,319 reviews)

"I liked the privacy and location of our room. I asked my girl to be my girlfriend that weekend and it made it special❤️"…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
5401 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $88 per night

Situated in the suburbs, this resort is within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Town, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and Scottsdale Waterfront. Scottsdale Stadium is 2.2 mi (3.5 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (962 reviews)

"Pool was very warm and palm trees need to be trimmed so the little flowers don’t cover you while you’re in the pool or lounge chairs."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is $47 per night

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (11,616 reviews)

"The room is great. The place is clean and right next to the Green Belt in Scottsdale. The pool is awesome."…"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2020

3 Palms

Popular places to visit in Scottsdale

Old Town
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Old Town

4.5/5(3,647 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir when you visit Old Town, a favorite shopping spot in Scottsdale. Savor the top-notch restaurants and lively bars while in town.

Scottsdale Fashion Square
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Scottsdale Fashion Square

4.5/5(2,194 reviews)

When you visit Scottsdale Fashion Square, a favorite shopping spot in Scottsdale, you can enjoy some retail therapy. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
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Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

4.5/5(331 reviews)

Catch an event at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, and enjoy other activities in Paseo Village such as running. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Scottsdale Quarter
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Scottsdale Quarter

4.5/5(446 reviews)

Set against a desert backdrop, Arizona’s open-air center has shopping, dining and a splash area for the kids.

Taliesin West
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Taliesin West

4/5(501 reviews)

Step inside the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s most famous architects. Learn how he bridged the gap between architecture and environment.

Scottsdale Waterfront
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Scottsdale Waterfront

4.5/5(14 reviews)

With a visit to Scottsdale Waterfront, a favorite shopping spot in Scottsdale, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Scottsdale

Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour
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Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour

$168
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Scottsdale Segway Tours - #1 Rated Activity
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Scottsdale Segway Tours - #1 Rated Activity

$59
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Tombstone Full-Day Tour
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Tombstone Full-Day Tour

$154
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Downtown Sedona & Desert Day Tour
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Downtown Sedona & Desert Day Tour

$139
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Historic Apache Trail & Sonoran Desert Tour with a Boat Ride
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Historic Apache Trail & Sonoran Desert Tour with a Boat Ride

$139
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Shop and Spa at Scottsdale Fashion Square
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Shop and Spa at Scottsdale Fashion Square

$82
Per adult

Reviews of Scottsdale

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2160
5 - Excellent 59.75103734439834%
4 - Good
1237
4 - Good 34.21853388658368%
3 - Okay
180
3 - Okay 4.979253112033195%
2 - Disappointing
22
2 - Disappointing 0.6085753803596127%
1 - Terrible
16
1 - Terrible 0.4426002766251729%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 8, 2020

We love the area. Just very disappointed in the hotel. And the resort fee with so much of the hotel not open

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

We appreciate Best Western being open and willing to provide accommodations, as the Nation is coming out of the pandemic insanity.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Super hot like expecting since i'm from california the weather is 40 degrees different. But was very limited due to COVID-19 and would love to come back when everything is normal again and i'm able to go to more places.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Scottsdale is a very nice place to travel too. Haven't been there in awhile. But will go back. People are very nice and the area is beautiful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

Amazing food and beverages, and so many to choose from! 3 nights and we merely scratched the surface! Try Second Story, amazing!!

5/5 - Excellent

Kathyjo

May 26, 2020

Clean, family-friendly, great weather, and very inviting.

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