Scottsdale

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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.

3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $114 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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 ...
3.8/5 Good! (3,010 reviews)
"Everything was clean and neat. The staff were courteous and very accommodating. Christina especially was extremely helpful. I highly recommend 3 Palms!"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2022

3 Palms
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $225 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,906 reviews)
"It was lovely! The staff and service we received were wonderful!"

Reviewed on Jan. 20, 2022

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The McCormick Scottsdale
The McCormick Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
7421 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $185 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in South Scottsdale, this golf hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Old Town and within 6 mi (10 km) of Scottsdale Fashion Square and OdySea Aquarium. Talking ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,011 reviews)
"Lovely property and staff, I will return!"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 2022

The McCormick 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 CA $214 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in North Scottsdale, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Kierland Commons, and Westworld ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,346 reviews)
"Pickleball and pool fun"

Reviewed on Jan. 2, 2022

Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
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 CA $232 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in North Scottsdale, this golf condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale and Westworld of Scottsdale. Kierland ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,042 reviews)
"I love the condominium feel of the property. We are usually cramped in a hotel room, but we each had plenty of room to spread out. The property was nice and clean. The furniture could use a little updating. They give a bit of a 70's/80's vibe."

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2022

Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
Scottsdale Camelback Resort
Scottsdale Camelback Resort
3.5 out of 5
6302 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $459 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
This family-friendly Scottsdale condo resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Town and Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (334 reviews)
"The unit has a kitchen and washer/ dryer which is nice."

Reviewed on Dec. 11, 2021

Scottsdale Camelback Resort
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