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Find Room to Roam in Scottsdale!
You may know Scottsdale for its metropolitan side, which boasts luxury resorts, plush spas and chef-driven restaurants. But this chic desert gem is equally popular for its endless sunny skies and wide-open expanses of pristine Sonoran Desert. So, whether you’re craving a holiday filled with urban excitement or nature-induced relaxation (or maybe a bit of both), you’ll find it in Scottsdale along with plenty of room to roam at local landmarks and activities like these.
Old Town’s nine unique districts are tailor made for strolling. Sample half a dozen of the city’s most buzz-worthy restaurants on a guided food tour. Stretch your legs along the Wine Trail and enjoy tastings from renowned Arizona vintners. Explore cutting-edge exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or the spirit of the American West at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Or browse the latest on-trend styles at Scottsdale Fashion Square or the 5th Avenue shops. And if you get tired of walking, hop aboard the Old Town Trolley for a free, retro ride back to your starting point.
If Scottsdale’s bustling Old Town is the city’s heart, the Sonoran Desert is its soul. Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve gives you plenty of room to explore on 30,580 acres of lush desert and boulder-strewn mountains crisscrossed by 225 miles of shared-use trails for hiking, mountain biking and climbing.
Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright was so captivated by the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and sunny climate that he chose Scottsdale as the location for his winter home and architectural school, Taliesin West. Daily tours provide an insider’s look into Wright’s airy, ingenious designs and his ability to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces.
When you want to really get away from it all, guided tours by Jeep, Hummer and you-drive ATVs and Tomcars will take you to some of the Sonoran Desert’s most remote locales. Along the way, you’ll learn about the desert’s fascinating eco-system, geology and cultural history.
These neighbouring open-air shopping centres, perched on either side of Scottsdale Road, house dozens of upscale retailers, restaurants, day spas, and splash pads for the kids, making them the perfect places to while away a sunlit Scottsdale afternoon.
Every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the free Scottsdale ArtWalk welcomes browsers and buyers alike with live music, artist demonstrations and exhibit openings in the galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way in the Old Town Arts District. Special themed events, such as the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk (July) and Scottsdazzle ArtWalk (Dec.), take place throughout the year.
Scottsdale is known as “The World’s Finest Golf Destination,” and it’s easy to see why when you consider the presence of high-caliber courses like TPC Scottsdale, Troon North and Grayhawk. Add in stunning Sonoran Desert and mountain views at every turn, impeccably manicured greens and top-notch staff, and you’d be hard pressed to find a more welcoming place to enjoy the round of a lifetime.
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