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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.

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 CA $196 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,173 reviews)

"This is a great place to stay. Not the cheapest, not the most expensive, but I always feel great staying here! Amenities are great, location is great, rooms are great!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 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 CA $164 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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

4.1/5Very Good! (961 reviews)

"The staff were great. Our event was well maintained and our room was very clean."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 11, 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 CA $76 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,918 reviews)

"The beds were really comfortable and the staff is really nice."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2020

3 Palms

Popular places to visit in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Quarter
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Scottsdale Quarter

4.5/5(81 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.

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

CA $228
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Tombstone Full-Day Tour
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Tombstone Full-Day Tour

CA $209
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Apache Trail Tour & Steamboat Cruise
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Apache Trail Tour & Steamboat Cruise

CA $175
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Tour -departs 6:30-7:30 am
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Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Tour -departs 6:30-7:30 am

CA $175
Per adult
Phoenix and Scottsdale City Highlights Tour
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Phoenix and Scottsdale City Highlights Tour

CA $121
Per adult
Scottsdale Segway Tour - 1.5 hr
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Scottsdale Segway Tour - 1.5 hr

CA $80
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Scottsdale

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
192
5 - Excellent 63.78737541528239%
4 - Good
94
4 - Good 31.229235880398672%
3 - Okay
13
3 - Okay 4.318936877076412%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 0.33222591362126247%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.33222591362126247%

5/5 - Excellent

Miguel

Mar 2, 2020

Clean area, excellent to rent a house and tons of activities around there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2020

EXCELLENT HIKING!! Camelback Mountain Pinnacle Peak Park Piestawa Peak Park Gateway Trailhead - McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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.

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