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 $165 per night from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16
CA $165
per night
Feb. 15 - Feb. 16
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 ...
3.7/5 Good! (3,066 reviews)
"Easy to find, SUPER FAST check-in, ample parking"

Reviewed on Feb. 8, 2023

3 Palms
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85256
The price is CA $414 per night from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16
CA $414
per night
Feb. 15 - Feb. 16
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! (1,470 reviews)
"Fun time!"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2023

Talking Stick Resort
Sonder The Monarch
Sonder The Monarch
4 out of 5
4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251
The price is CA $187 per night from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21
CA $187
per night
Feb. 20 - Feb. 21
Stay at this 4-star boutique resort in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,031 reviews)
"Gorgeous room, beautiful space. The pool looked gorgeous, i wish it was warmer sonwe coukd have swam!"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2023

Sonder The Monarch
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 Villa Mirage
Hilton Vacation Club Scottsdale Villa Mirage
3.5 out of 5
7887 E Princess Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255
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! (1,439 reviews)
"Nice text messages, friendly staff. Bathroom had a moldy ceiling and shower needs to be replaced. Takes a long time to get warm water. Area is bleak and without sidewalks for walking or running. Staff inside little cafe also very nice."

Reviewed on Jan. 30, 2023

Hilton Vacation Club Scottsdale Villa Mirage
Scottsdale Camelback Resort
Scottsdale Camelback Resort
3.5 out of 5
6302 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251
Stay at this 3.5-star spa condo in Scottsdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (416 reviews)
"Property excellent. Front desk misinformed on every question"

Reviewed on Feb. 6, 2023

Scottsdale Camelback Resort
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
17700 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85255
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! (816 reviews)
"Beautiful grounds and rooms"

Reviewed on Feb. 7, 2023

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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