In the heart of the Sonoran Desert, light-years from the everyday and ordinary, Scottsdale, Arizona, welcomes you with all the energy of a young city on the move and the charm and hospitality of days gone by. It’s a magical blend of contemporary and traditional, urban and open, invigorating and sublime that will inspire you to vacation-induced bliss. Best of all, this Southwestern gem offers vacation experiences that run the gamut from high adventure to pure indulgence, which means your Scottsdale getaway can be as individual as you are.
Sonoran Desert Adventures
With more than 330 days of sunshine each year, any day is a great day to explore Scottsdale’s rugged side. Whether you prefer do-it-yourself adventures or guided excursions, the options for exploring Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert are as varied as the landscape itself and include activities like hiking, river rafting, rock climbing, hot-air ballooning, and off-road tours by Jeep, Hummer and horseback.
Tales of the Old West
If you’ve ever dreamed of being a cowboy, saddle up and mosey over to the Arizona Cowboy College. Here, you’ll spend a week riding alongside real working cowboys as they teach you the finer details of horsemanship and cattle ranching.
Art & Architecture
From the outstanding galleries of the downtown Arts District to world-class institutions like the Heard Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and new Musical Instrument Museum, Scottsdale celebrates the visual and performing arts in all forms. The city also is home to such architectural treasures as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti.
Native American-Inspired Spa Treatments
When it’s time to relax, Scottsdale’s award-winning resort spas are ready to indulge you with a host of innovative treatments, including many inspired by ancient Native American healing traditions. Local favorites include the Adobe Clay Purification Treatment at The Spa at Camelback Inn and the Turquoise Wrap at The Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort.
Scottsdale takes the art of shopping to haute new heights with a bevy of upscale boutiques, open-air shopping centers and quaint souvenir shops. Anchoring the city’s stellar retail scene is Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Southwest’s largest shopping destination, which houses luminaries like Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Jimmy Choo and 7 for All Mankind.
Golfers of all skill levels will find their perfect match on Scottsdale’s more than 200 area courses. Tracks range from traditional tree-lined links to challenging desert target-style designs, and boast such noteworthy monikers as Troon North, TPC Scottsdale, Grayhawk, We-Ko-Pa and Talking Stick.