Scottsdale

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Scottsdale showing night scenes, tropical scenes and street 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 CA $80 per night from Jul 21 to Jul 22
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! (2,946 reviews)
"The bed"

Reviewed on Jun. 29, 2022

3 Palms
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85256
The price is CA $205 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,687 reviews)
"This resort has many amenities to choose from. Made my stay that more enjoyable. Spent a day at the spa, played some games. Then finished the night with a nice romantic dinner at one of their restaurants. Room was clean & comfortable. Checking in & checking out was so convenient. Overall satisfied ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2022

Talking Stick Resort
The Scottsdale Plaza Resort & Villas
The Scottsdale Plaza Resort & Villas
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85253
The price is CA $126 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,875 reviews)
"we loved staying here it was so hard to leave. We already booked our next stay everything was wonderful. And the location was convent."

Reviewed on Jun. 30, 2022

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort & Villas
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 Grand Vacations DRI Scottsdale Links Resort
Hilton Grand Vacations DRI Scottsdale Links Resort
3 out of 5
16858 N Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale, AZ, 85260
The price is CA $122 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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! (2,103 reviews)
"This is a lovely property; quiet, safe. The pool was great and the condo was clean and well maintained. When you are looking for a great place to stay, this is what you have in mind."

Reviewed on Jun. 23, 2022

Hilton Grand Vacations DRI Scottsdale Links Resort
Meridian CondoResorts
Meridian CondoResorts
3 out of 5
8390 E. Via De Ventura Suite F-208, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254
Stay at this 3-star condo in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (659 reviews)
"We loved a very clean, fully furnished, beautiful, complete condo. It's like being home while being away from home. I didn't like not knowing where I was going to be staying when I booked (they have apts spread out all over Scottsdale), and I thought we would be close to an attraction that we could ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 12, 2022

Meridian CondoResorts
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 CA $191 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
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! (775 reviews)
"Great spot in the heart of Scottsdale. Will be back for sure!"

Reviewed on Jun. 12, 2022

Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, 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.

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