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Welcome to Scottsdale

A modern oasis on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, sunny Scottsdale perfectly pairs western-style adventures with rest and relaxation. After a day exploring rustic mountain and desert trails on foot, by bike, or in an ATV, travelers can enjoy a spot of pampering at dozens of day spas. Scottsdale also boasts a world-class dining scene, with more than 800 restaurants to choose from, although hitting the links at high-end golf clubs or exploring Frank Lloyd Wright's legacy at Talieson West—the famed architect’s home and studio—also top the list of things to do in Scottsdale.

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Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale ranks among the Southwest’s top retail destinations, particularly for shoppers looking for Southwestern and Native American art and jewelry. The area is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of the West, and the Scottsdale Historical Museum.More
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When to visit

Desert-sun seekers flock to Scottsdale from October through May for events such as the Phoenix Open, Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction, Scottsdale Culinary Festival, and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Plus, Major League Baseball teams make an appearance for spring training in late February. Visit in early spring and late fall for weather that’s warm enough for an outdoor pool dip and cool enough so you can get outside and explore.

Getting around

Many of Scottsdale’s sights, including the Old Town, can be accessed by foot or public transportation. A free daily trolley runs through the downtown area, which is an easy 20-minute drive from the airport. To head further afield, including into the surrounding Sonoran Desert, you’ll need to either join a tour or rent a car. Drivers benefit from plenty of free parking in town.

Traveler tips

The Sonoran Desert stretches for 100,000 square miles (260,000 square kilometers) and is the hottest desert in the United States and Mexico. Many locations are vistable by basic vehicles. But to go deep into the wilderness, consider joining a private or group tour in a 4WD vehicle. Other options include utility terrain vehicles and all-terrain vehicles for off-road rides. Some day tours also offer canyoneering excursions.

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