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Scottsdale
Travel Guide

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.

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $212 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

This family-friendly Scottsdale resort is located in the mountains, within 2 mi (3 km) of Talking Stick Resort Casino, OdySea Aquarium, and Salt River Fields ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,074 reviews)

"with COVID, no fitness center open. We did not like that. Loved no smoking.Room was nice. Needed more chairs at pool. Ran out of chairs on Sat. Needs more restaurants open too. With COVID, no cleaning room, etc was hard."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

Talking Stick Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $247 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,060 reviews)

"This is a beautiful property, well maintained with plenty of activities on-site. We enjoyed the smaller of the pools because they were quiet. We had breakfast there several days and were pleased with everything. there was a shuttle to Old Town. The fire pits were nice to relax around in the ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
4 out of 5
7700 E Mccormick Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is CA $148 per night from May 10 to May 11

Located in South Scottsdale, this spa resort is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from OdySea Aquarium. Butterfly Wonderland ...

4.2/5Excellent! (979 reviews)

"We stayed five days, the pool was always crowded and because there is really nothing else to do at the resort although they do have a gym and a spa. The food in the kitchen restaurant was very limited with choices. All the staff was helpful and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
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.
Tidy & Spotless Huge Paradise House - Private Pool & BBQ
Tidy & Spotless Huge Paradise House - Private Pool & BBQ
3.5 out of 5
8325 East Wethersfield Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Located in Central Scottsdale, this vacation home is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cactus Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Westworld of Scottsdale and Scottsdale Quarter. ...

Tidy & Spotless Huge Paradise House - Private Pool & BBQ
New! Gorgeous Condo! Heated Pool! Sleeps 6 - Great Location!
New! Gorgeous Condo! Heated Pool! Sleeps 6 - Great Location!
Scottsdale, AZ

Located in South Scottsdale, this romantic condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Old Town, and Scottsdale Fashion Square. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Excellent Property

"This is a fabulous place to stay. Close to everything. The property manager was great to work with. We had one small issue with one of the showers, and they kept in touch with us and got it scheduled to be fixed right away. I would definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

New! Gorgeous Condo! Heated Pool! Sleeps 6 - Great Location!
7 Bedroom Large Remodeled Home With Lazy River, Water Slide and Casita!!
7 Bedroom Large Remodeled Home With Lazy River, Water Slide and Casita!!
Scottsdale, AZ

This family-friendly Scottsdale vacation home is located in North Scottsdale, within 3 mi (5 km) of Cactus Park, Scottsdale Quarter, and Kierland Commons. OdySea ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
great family vacation home

"we had a wonderful experience at villa larkspur! the house has everything we could possibly need."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2021

7 Bedroom Large Remodeled Home With Lazy River, Water Slide and Casita!!
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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Reviews of Scottsdale

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good 31.229235880398672%
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3 - Okay 4.318936877076412%
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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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