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

North Scottsdale
Scottsdale Quarter

North Scottsdale

Known for Football, Sports, Deserts

4/5(4 reviews)

North Scottsdale is known for its pristine golf courses, and you can plan a trip to Westworld of Scottsdale and Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale while you're in town.

South Scottsdale
Scottsdale which includes a small town or village and a river or creek

South Scottsdale

4.5/5(20 reviews)

If you're spending some time in South Scottsdale, Scottsdale Fashion Square and Old Town are top sights worth seeing.

Paradise Valley Village
Scottsdale Quarter

Paradise Valley Village

While there might not be top attractions in Paradise Valley Village, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Kierland Commons and Musical Instrument Museum.

Mesa Grande
Mesa Grande, Arizona, United States of America
trover photo by Dan Rose

Mesa Grande

Known for Deserts, Sports, Friendly People

The ample dining options and fantastic lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Mesa Grande. A stop by Sloan Park or Mesa Riverview might round out your trip.

Central Scottsdale
Central Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States of America
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Central Scottsdale

4/5(1 review)

If you're spending some time in Central Scottsdale, Scottsdale Fiesta and Cactus Park are top sights worth seeing.

Troon North
Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States of America
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Troon North

Known for Golf, Relaxing, Monuments

Golf courses, restaurants and mountain views highlight some of the noteworthy features of Troon North. Make a stop by Troon North Golf Club or Troon North - Pinnacle Course while you're exploring the neighbourhood.

Top hotels in Scottsdale

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
3 Palms
3 Palms
3.5 out of 5
7707 E McDowell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
£55
per night
25 Nov-26 Nov

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (10,636 reviews)

"Quiet & safe area, nice locale by the park and services within walking distance. Room decor was nicer and more imaginative than typical economy places."…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019

3 Palms
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
4 out of 5
9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ
£143
per night
25 Nov-26 Nov

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

4.3/5Excellent! (4,216 reviews)

"Different than our Las Vegas casino experiences, but it was still a very fun and unique atmosphere. The pool was awesome too. I had a pedicure at the spa, and that spa experience was one of the best I’ve ever had!! Loved it! I would definitely stay here again!!!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019

Talking Stick Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
4 out of 5
7200 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ
£116
per night
24 Nov-25 Nov

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,296 reviews)

"Great location. Quiet. Clean. Relaxing and beautiful. The rooms were recently redone and they’re perfect— very spacious and well thought out!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2019

Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Popular things to do in Scottsdale

Taliesin West
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Taliesin West

4.5/5(3 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.

Old Town
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Old Town

4.5/5(28 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Old Town, a favourite shopping spot in Scottsdale. Savour the lively bars and top-notch restaurants while in town.

Scottsdale Quarter
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Scottsdale Quarter

4/5(1 review)

Set against a desert backdrop, Arizona’s open-air center has shopping, dining and a splash area for the kids.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

This museum brings modern art, architecture and design to Arizona as well as displays that encourage visitors to express themselves.

Camelback Mountain
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Camelback Mountain

4.5/5(13 reviews)

A distinct “hump” in the landscape offers panoramic views over the Valley of the Sun.

Phoenix Zoo
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Phoenix Zoo

5/5(3 reviews)

This wildlife park often ranks in the top American zoos for families, and is the largest non-profit zoo in the United States.

Top activities in Scottsdale

Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour
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Grand Canyon with Sedona and Navajo Reservation Day Tour

£131

Take in Arizona's breathtaking beauty with a tour that takes you to the incredible Grand Canyon and the Navajo Indian Reservation. Stop for pictures of Red Rocks of Sedona completes an educational and visually striking journey into the state's heartland.

Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour
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Grand Canyon Tour & Route 66 Tour

£139

Enjoy an amazing day with visits to the Grand Canyon and Route 66 on this tour across the spectacular Arizona desert. From the historic Route 66 to one of America's great natural wonders, you get an up-close look at the region's iconic sights.

Scottsdale Segway Tours - #1 Rated Activity
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Scottsdale Segway Tours - #1 Rated Activity

£38

Couple the past and the future on this exceptional tour. Whirl through the venerable, antiquated town of on a Scottsdale Segway Tour—the most popular tour in Scottsdale. Reap the benefits of gliding with a small group for added fun and safety.

Apache Trail & Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise
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Apache Trail & Canyon Lake Steamboat Cruise

£115

Follow the route of the Apache Trail—a historic stagecoach route through 40 miles (64 km) of the Superstition Mountains—and delve into the wild west past of this desert region. Then, board an authentic steamboat for a scenic cruise across Canyon Lake.

Artist-Led Painting & Wine Class
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Artist-Led Painting & Wine Class

£35

Channel your inner Van Gogh and fuel your creativity with some grape-based adult libations during this artist-led painting class. Follow your instructor step by step as you craft your own masterpiece on canvas, sipping wine and enjoying the relaxed ambiance during this fun evening out.

Admission Ticket to Magic Illusion Special Event
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Admission Ticket to Magic Illusion Special Event

£29

Enter the realm of mind-blowing illusion, spectacular feats of balance and juggling, side-splitting comedy, and mystifying magic, with master illusionist Craig Davis and award-winning dancer Myryka, in the world-renowned Davis Circus of Illusion, now playing at the Theater at Cattle Track.

Reviews of Scottsdale

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 52.38095238095238%
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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

Verified traveller

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.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Oct 2018

Scottsdale is the ideal place to go and relax.

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