Why rent a car in Scottsdale?
Scottsdale is situated in the Sonoran desert in Arizona, east of Phoenix. It is known for its deluxe spa resorts, the most beautiful and expensive in the country, and its golf courses.
With a Scottsdale hire car, you can also easily get to Tempe and Mesa within 20 minutes and Glendale within half an hour. Arizona’s capital city Phoenix is a 20-minute drive west of Scottsdale, where you can take a scenic hike of the 2,704-foot Camelback Mountain and a walk through thousands of cacti in the Desert Botanical Garden.
How to get to and around Scottsdale?
International flights land in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, less than 20 minutes southwest of Scottsdale. To the north of the city centre (a 20-minute drive), McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a protected nature reserve with a sustainable desert habitat, is a great place to enjoy amazing views while hiking through well-signed trails. A popular one is the four-mile Tom’s Thumb Trail with beautiful wild flowers on the way. Pinnacle Peak Park is another 20 minutes north. Trails through the pristine Sonoran desert take visitors to the 3,169-foot Pinnacle Peak, which experienced climbers may rock climb.
Not far from downtown Scottsdale (15 minutes) is Butterfly Wonderland, the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in America. Have a delightful experience walking among thousands of free-flying butterflies in a tropical rainforest habitat.
You can’t come to Scottsdale and not see the house Frank Lloyd Wright considered his ‘desert laboratory’, Taliesin West (under 30 minutes), one of his most personal creations. Today it houses Wright’s foundation and school of architecture.
What brands are available?
There is a wide choice of car hire companies to choose from at Phoenix Airport for your Scottsdale rental car:AlamoAvisBudgetDollarHertzNationalSixtThrifty
Must-sees within an easy drive of Scottsdale
You’ll be glad you’ve booked a Scottsdale hire car when you find out about all the exciting places to visit around Scottsdale. In the Verdi valley, two hours north of Scottsdale, Sedona’s red stone buttes are best seen at sunrise or sunset when the sun makes them glow in orange and red hues.
Further north, the Montezuma’s Castle National Monument (an hour and a half) protects well-preserved cliff dwellings made of mud, stone and wood that were used by the pre-Columbian Sinagua people between 1100 and 1425 AD. In Benson, south of Tucson, delve into the Kartchner Caverns (two and a half hours), which is still a living cave, to admire its fascinating stalactites and stalagmites. Also south of Tucson is the Mission San Xavier del Bac (under two hours), nicknamed ‘the white dove of the desert’, a historic Spanish Catholic mission on the Tohono O’odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. Its exterior is an elegant Moorish-style white stucco, and its lavish interiors dazzle with colours.
Tips and tricks for driving in the US
Most American cars have automatic transmission. Drive on the right side. An international driving permit is not compulsory but recommended. Carry it at all times along with ID (passport) and proof of insurance.
Speed limits vary from state to state; in general stick to 70mph on motorways. Beware that undertaking is not illegal in the US; to stay safe, don’t forget to signal before changing lanes.
Provided there is no oncoming traffic, you can turn right at red traffic lights. At a four-way stop, all cars should stop, and the one that arrived first sets off first followed by the others in the order of arrival.
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