Scottsdale in Arizona offers plenty to do in terms of recreation for both locals and visitors.
It was once described by the New York Times as a "desert version of Miami's South Beach" and this is quite accurate - there are plenty of bars, restaurants, hotels, spas and golf courses, so you may find a stay in a Scottsdale hotel offers the perfect location for a fun-filled vacation.
Scottsdale was first established by colonists in the 1860s, but it was not until the 1880s that a desert farming community sprang up and started to thrive.
Due to its desert location, there were some issues with water at first, but clever irrigation now means the destination and its inhabitants can cope well with the aridity.
These days, Scottsdale is proud of the high quality of life the city offers: Excellent golf facilities, affiliation with architect Frank Lloyd Wright and attractions for tourists, which means tourists could be spoiled with choices when it comes to things to do.
Scottsdale Travel Tips
The Sky Harbor Airport will be your first port of call when you travel to Scottsdale, which is around 20 minutes drive from the downtown area.
You will be able to get a taxi to your hotel from here, or you can rent a car to do your own explorations..
Unlike many other US cities, Scottsdale is not particularly well-served by public transport so renting a car could be your best option when it comes to seeing all the sights, particularly since they cover quite a large area. You will find driving is easy in Scottsdale and parking is not difficult to find.
However, there is a trolleybus service in the city which is free and covers two separate routes. This is ideal to use if you are not keen on driving, as it will get you from the waterfront to the old town, stopping at various points in between. The trolleys come every 20 minutes or so, meaning you won't have to wait long to catch one from the Loloma Station.
What to pack:
The first thing you will notice before you even get to your Scottsdale hotel is how hot it is. Because of its desert location, the city experiences extremely hot summers and mild winters, although temperatures drops significantly at night regardless which season you are visiting.
You should pack plenty of sun screen in your suitcase as well as hats and other sun-protection gears as the sun could get quite strong and extremely hot.
Otherwise, lots of summery clothes and dressy outfits for the evenings will serve you well here.
What to do and where to go?
If you are a golf enthusiast, the chances are you will make tee time a priority as soon as you get to the Millennium Scottsdale Resort & Villas. If not, a spa could be the perfect way to relax after your journey to Arizona.
During the evenings, a visit to the downtown area will provide you choices of restaurants and bars, and you will find the welcoming atmosphere wherever you decide to go.
Scottsdale offers plenty of attractions to entertain your body and mind - just make sure you set out early to avoid the midday sun.
Finally, a stroll along the many canals may be a great way to unwind in the late afternoon.
The Scottsdale travel guide below could provide you with some more ideas to fill up your schedule.
LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana
Fashion Square Mall
Arts and Culture:
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Old Town Scottsdale
Parks and Recreation:
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Stroll or Bike Along the Canals
Area: 477 sq km
Currency: US dollar ($)