ScottsdaleUnited States of America

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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.

Top Hotels in Scottsdale

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
CA $387
per night
Mar 10 - Mar 11

This family-friendly Scottsdale resort is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Butterfly Wonderland, OdySea Aquarium and Salt River Fields ...

4.3/5Excellent! (4,473 reviews)

"Beautiful property.. Surprisingly they had really cheap tissue i expected 2ply and the hotel had 1 ply.. The housekeeper just walked in our room without knocking first assuming we were already gone. When we asked to turn our room over they did not replace the wine glasses and amenities such as condiments ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

Talking Stick Resort
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
CA $167
per night
Mar 23 - Mar 24

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! (10,930 reviews)

"Well located...close to pizzeria and store...clean and quiet for a one night stay"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 27, 2020

3 Palms
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
CA $263
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 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 Mountain ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,466 reviews)

"The only thing I didn’t like was the fact that they did not talk about re using your towels if on the hooks. No reason to get new towels every day."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Popular things to do in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Quarter
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Scottsdale Quarter

4.5/5(80 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

4.5/5(30 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 Museum of Contemporary Art
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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

4/5(1 review)

This museum brings modern art, architecture and design to Arizona as well as displays that encourage visitors to express themselves.

Top activities in Scottsdale

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

94% of travellers recommend
CA $223
Per adult
Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour
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Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour

92% of travellers recommend
CA $232
Per adult
Scottsdale Segway Tours - #1 Rated Activity
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Scottsdale Segway Tours - #1 Rated Activity

98% of travellers recommend
CA $78
Per adult
Apache Trail & Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise
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Apache Trail & Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

90% of travellers recommend
CA $197
Per adult
Artist-Led Painting & Wine Class
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Artist-Led Painting & Wine Class

92% of travellers recommend
CA $53
Per adult
Sunset Sand Buggy Tour
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Sunset Sand Buggy Tour

CA $242
Per adult

Reviews of Scottsdale

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 31.41891891891892%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.391891891891892%
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2 - Disappointing 0.33783783783783783%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 10, 2020

Very clean place with lots of amenities. Everything was within 20 minutes in any direction. Hiking in the hills was so scenic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

Wonderful place to stay, a lot of activiites

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 26, 2020

Very clean and dog friendly. Local people are friendly. Restaurants have great food and exceptional service. Drivers do not yield to pedestrians and are a bit agressive.

5/5 - Excellent

KL

Jan 24, 2020

Beautiful, clean city. Love the cacti and landscape. Hundreds of nearby golf courses and restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Richard

Jan 21, 2020

Clean safe and would definitely come back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 7, 2020

Great hub to be with access to plenty of no vehicle and central to many places , attractions in Phoenix area driving .

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