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 AU$101 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
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 ...
3.8/5Good! (2,967 reviews)
"The bed was soooo comfortable ."

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

3 Palms
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$201 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
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! (1,900 reviews)
"Staff was great."

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The McCormick Scottsdale
The McCormick Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
7421 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$172 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Located in South Scottsdale, this golf hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Old Town, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Scottsdale Fashion Square and OdySea Aquarium. Camelback ...
4.1/5Very Good! (932 reviews)
"Im a local and stayed here for a few days and liked the great summer rates. Did not care much for the resort fees though as I did not make it to the pool nor used the fitness center. Had a tiny conveinient store at lobby with self made Starbucks. Check in was easy but was greeted by an over stressed ..."

Reviewed on 16 Sep. 2021

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 AU$154 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Located in North Scottsdale, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,324 reviews)
"Very clean rooms and pool"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
3.5 out of 5
17700 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$306 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
This family-friendly Scottsdale aparthotel is located in the suburbs, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Quarter and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (731 reviews)
"Very clean and updated. Great pool area. Could use a restaurant or indoor bar. Noisy from the street in front."

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

Sheraton Desert Oasis Villas, Scottsdale
Scottsdale Camelback Resort
Scottsdale Camelback Resort
3.5 out of 5
6302 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is AU$247 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
This family-friendly Scottsdale condominium resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Town and Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the ...
4.1/5Very Good! (319 reviews)
"Only thing that could be improved is some kind of breakfast option."

Reviewed on 21 Sep. 2021

Scottsdale Camelback Resort
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