Scottsdale Journals

Arid Scottsdale

An April 2000 trip to Scottsdale by dalefried

Quote: Maybe there is something wrong with me, but Scottsdale is just desert and construction! There were construction crews everywhere. I don't necessarily have to be on a beach, but give me lush, tropical settings.

Arid Scottsdale

Overview

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I guess the highlights were visiting Sedona, Arizona and Tombstone, Arizona, but both cities were a long drive away from Scottsdale (about three hours each). I can't give you a highlight of Scottsdale at all.

Quick Tips:

Make friends on this trip, otherwise there will be absolutely nothing to do! If it wasn't for another couple we met on this trip, I would be bored out of my mind. I didn't want to drive another six hours to the Grand Canyon or another four hours to Nogales, Mexico.

Best Way To Get Around:

You must drive, and watch out for the construction sites because they are all over.

Extended Stay Deluxe Phoneix - Scottsdale

Hotel | "Embassy Suites Scottsdale"

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Best Things Nearby:There is a championship golf course, ice skating rink (home of the Coyotes), Frank Lloyd Wright's house, and the Wild West show.Best Things About the Resort:The rooms were beautiful, and I especially liked the fireplaces in the living room and bedroom. Oh, and did I mention the jacuzzi in the bedroom? The furnishings were beautiful.Resort Experience:The resort was really beautiful with a gorgeous clubhouse. They have no activities except there was one night of Tex Mex BBQ that I was told was a lot of fun. The pool was really pretty too, with a really big whirlpool. We couldn't stay by the pool too much though because it was extremely windy w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 17, 2003

Extended Stay Deluxe Phoneix - Scottsdale
10660 N. 69th Street
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254
(480) 483-1333

Baci

Restaurant

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We didn't have reservations, so we had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated. This is a fun restaurant. They walked us through the kitchen first. You are served family style and the portions are tremendous. When you use the restrooms you can hear people arguing in Italian. This is a recording, and it is so funny. The food was delicious and plentiful, and we had a good time too! If you go on a Thursday night, you can walk around the corner to the Art Festival and browse the art galleries and speak to the artists.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2003

Baci
Main Street
Scottsdale, Arizona

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My husband exploded when we visited the Botanical Gardens. I thought it would be interesting. He wanted to sit by the pool on our last full day of vacation. I wish I could tell you that it was good, but there are different species of cactus. It was a bare desert. It didn't help that my husband was real cranky. At least if the gardens were beautiful I might have been able to convince him how great this was, but I actually agreed with him. We spent about one hour there and immediately went to the pool!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 22, 2003

Desert Botanical Gardens
1201 North Galvin Parkway (southeast Of Mcdowell Road & 64th Street)
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
(480) 941-1225

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District

Attraction | "Tombstone"

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My husband loved the movie Tombstone, so I knew that we had to visit there. This was one of the highlights of our trip. The ride from Scottsdale took about 3 hours one-way, which was horrible because there is nothing pretty to look at on this drive. Then all of a sudden, a big city, Tucson, just appears. Then there is desert again. But, I digress. It was a lot of fun walking the same streets as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. There are signs posted that designate people that were shot in that spot! Then you can see a re-creation of the gunfight at the OK Corral right in the real OK Corral. The first fight is inconsequential, but the actual re-creation was great. We visited the newspaper and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2003

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District
326 East Allen Street
Tombstone, Arizona
(520) 457-3456

Oak Creek Canyon

Attraction | "Oak Creen Canyon"

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Sedona was very pretty, which is a distinct difference from the other cities I had visited in Arizona. The mountains are gorgeous and there are various points on the mountains that are designated as harmonic convergence spots. I couldn't climb that high, so I guess I didn't reach nirvana, but it was so beautiful.

Then if you go into town you can go shopping! There are also Jeep tours that you can go on. My friend got married at the Oak Creek, which was so peaceful and beautiful. We visited in mid-April, and surprisingly it was warm that day. We were advised that it is usually chilly until late May, so we were lucky. I definitely recommend Sedona. This was the highlight of the trip.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2003

Oak Creek Canyon
331 Forest Rd
Sedona, Arizona 86336
(928) 282-7722

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Attraction | "Montezuma Castle"

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Montezuma Castle is not a castle. It is a housing labirynth that was built into a mountain by the primitive native people of Arizona. We visited here on the way to Sedona, and the stop was worthwhile. It was very interesting to see how these people adapted and created a society centuries ago. I think we drove about an hour from Scottsdale.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 22, 2003

Montezuma Castle National Monument
2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy Off Highway Southeast Of Oak Creek
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3322

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

Attraction | "Taliesin West"

Quote:
I thought this would be interesting. My husband studied Frank Lloyd Wright in college and always talked about him. I have heard that Mr. Wright was a great architect, but his house was boring to death. It seems minimal. Anyway, it was a little interesting to hear about his life and the things he did for his students. The house is on a hill in the middle of the ugly desert.

The only good thing was that it was only 10 minutes away from the timeshare. Remember, my husband studied this architect and he was bored to death.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 22, 2003

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd and Cactus Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85259
(480) 860-2700

Old Town Scottsdale

Attraction

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Old Town is nice. There is public parking there, too, so don't worry about parking on the street. There are many restaurants and bars here. There are Native American stores, art galleries, jewelry stores, and a park. Sometimes there is entertainment in the park. There is a theater that has live performances, too. I enjoyed walking around here, but I was so surprised that the shops close at 6pm, even on a Saturday night. I'm from NYC, and our stores hardly ever close at all. Old Town Scottsdale is very similar to the old town in Albuquerque.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2003

Old Town Scottsdale
Main Street
Scottsdale, Arizona

Town of Jerome-National Historic Landmark

Attraction | "The Ghost Town"

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Jerome, Arizona, is advertised as a ghost town. Since we were in Sedona, we decided to drive another half hour to Jerome to check it out. I have no idea why they call it a ghost town, because there are loads of shops that are open. We went to the museum there. It was once a mining town, so those people left. There was shopping there, but you can't compare it to Sedona. The highlight of this trip was that a roadrunner ran in front of our car. I had never seen a roadrunner before. It looks exactly like the roadrunner from the cartoon, except it is much, much smaller. I was so happy to see it. This bird is the state bird of Arizona and it is on a lot of postcards, but to see it in person was great. Don't...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 22, 2003

Town of Jerome-National Historic Landmark
Top of Cleopatra Hill
Jerome, Arizona