Scottsdale AZ is known for its shopping, dining, and nightlife. While these are certainly a part of the vibrant city, there are many other things that make the city something special. There are so many things to do in the city including world-renowned spas, Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, and hiking trails that travel through acres of saguaro cacti.
Visitors to the city face a variety of options. They can choose from soaring in a balloon over the desert, catching a show, sampling Southwest cuisine, or playing golf on one of the more than 200 golf courses.
This city is a combination of old and new. Visitors can begin with the many Old Town art galleries and then stop by the Western Spirit Museum of the West. If you visit during peak season, you can meet both locals and celebrities at the Arabian Horse Show or the Barrett Jackson auction. Locals see their city as a reminder of the Old West. Yes, there are nicer homes and it may not be as wild, but this city’s motto is “The west’s most Western town”.
This is because the city’s vibe is reminiscent of saloons and cowboys. For a full month, the city’s Jaycees hold the Parada del Sol parade. This is the largest horse-drawn parade in the world and draws cowboys and cowgirls from all over the nation. They participate in the rodeo and parade. In fact, the parade has more than 150 entries every year.
One attractive feature of this city is the affordable cost of living. There are several neighborhoods where housing costs are very attractive.
Rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking are just some of the outdoor activities available in and around this city. Many locals prefer to hike on Camelback Mountain, although Thompson and Pinnacle Peak are also very popular. These areas trails that are perfect for running, biking, and horseback riding. The fact that the city gets 330 days of sunshine annually makes any outdoor activity a great choice.
When visitors are finished with their outdoor activities, they can take part in the vibrant nightlife. The New York Times called this city the desert version of Miami’s South Beach for good reason. Here, the clubs and bars draw more than 40,000 people every week.
For architectural lovers, Taliesin West, the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright is a must-do. No matter what a visitor enjoys, Scottsdale AZ has something for everyone.