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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.

Where to stay in Scottsdale

Top hotels in Scottsdale

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is £136 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec

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! (2,170 reviews)

"Beautiful resort. Limited on eateries and the gym was closed. So that was the only issues. I will be back, hopefully when everything is open again. Great place to stay if you are in Scottsdale."…"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2020

Talking Stick Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is £126 per night from 9 Dec to 10 Dec

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! (2,143 reviews)

"The hotel is very nice, beautiful property, heated pools and several hot tubs."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2020

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is £43 per night from 8 Dec to 9 Dec

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (2,915 reviews)

"I liked the location - very convenient and next to a nice park for walks. I like the grounds and the service team, who fixed our broken thermostat promptly. I did not like the noisy AC, too loud to sleep and necessary to run because for some reason the heater was running at the same time. I also ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2020

3 Palms
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Scottsdale

Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
16858 N Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale, AZ
The price is £93 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in North Scottsdale, this golf condo is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale and Scottsdale ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,860 reviews)

"Good location and amenities for a family vacation."…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2020

Scottsdale Links Resort by Diamond Resorts
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 £80 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in North Scottsdale, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale, Westworld of Scottsdale and Scottsdale ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,219 reviews)

"Staff was very polite and helpful.i do wish there was more parking closer to the rooms"…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2020

Scottsdale Villa Mirage by Diamond Resorts
Meridian CondoResorts
Meridian CondoResorts
3 out of 5
8390 E. Via De Ventura Suite F-208, Scottsdale, AZ

Located in South Scottsdale, this condo is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Butterfly Wonderland and Talking ...

4.2/5Very Good! (572 reviews)

"Large, well-decorated one bedroom with lots of room and supplies."…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec 2020

Meridian CondoResorts
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

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2/5 - Disappointing

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26 Aug 2019

Disappointing and underwhelming. Not somewhere I’d rush back to. Meh...

5/5 - Excellent

PJ

20 Aug 2019

Weather very hot at this time of year. Overall a great place to relax and unwind.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Aug 2019

Downtown is great. Lots of restaurants all over Scottsdale. Shopping easy and good if you want it. Golf courses are fantastic. If you are from UK then a football game watching the Cardinals is a must. Great fun.

5/5 - Excellent

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31 Jul 2019

Scottsdale old town well worth the visit, and Golf and shopping all good!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Jul 2019

Love Scottsdale. Second time visiting would definitely come back again in the future.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Apr 2019

Go see Frank Lloyd Wright's Taelisin West, Cosanti, and Arcosanti! Very interesting for architecture tours.

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