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Visiting Scottsdale

Pulsing with public art installations and a rich Native American influence, Phoenix's sister city affords a full scope of Arizona's adventuresome spirit and plenty of things to do. Active vacationers can hike, river raft, and rock climb through the vast Sonoran Desert and everyone else can shop and visit the spas. The granddaddy of natural wonders, the Grand Canyon, as well as the famed red rocks of Sedona, are also just a short drive away.

Scottsdale is known as a desert version of Miami’s South Beach, and it has the hotels and resorts to prove it. And the nightlife and restaurants in Scottsdale are just as varied and exciting as its accommodations. Mexican cuisine is readily available in... Read More
Pulsing with public art installations and a rich Native American influence, Phoenix's sister city affords a full scope of Arizona's adventuresome spirit and plenty of things to do. Active vacationers can hike, river raft, and rock climb through the vast Sonoran Desert and everyone else can shop and visit the spas. The granddaddy of natural wonders, the Grand Canyon, as well as the famed red rocks of Sedona, are also just a short drive away.

Scottsdale is known as a desert version of Miami’s South Beach, and it has the hotels and resorts to prove it. And the nightlife and restaurants in Scottsdale are just as varied and exciting as its accommodations. Mexican cuisine is readily available in many forms, and many places put together a perfect lunch for a mid-sightseeing break.

Check out IgoUgo travelers’ photo of Scottsdale for a better idea of what a great city it is. When you’re ready to relax like a classy cowboy, find a flight to "the West’s Most Western Town."    Close

Stories and Tips Scottsdale

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New Year's Eve Under the Stars

Written by blazn on 12 Jan, 2001

Arizona has a vast amount of wilderness areas and free, primitive camping is allowed on most of it. Primitive means no facilities; you carry in what you need and bring everything back out with you, leaving no trace that you were ever there.…Read More


AZ Relaxation

Written by DSpoon5 on 24 Aug, 2004

We enjoyed our recent weeklong stay at the Sheraton Desert Oasis. We had the one bedroom unit with a full kitchen. Truly one of the best condos we've stayed in during our vacationing adventures. Besides an adequate kitchen, dining area, televisions/VCR/stereo, etc.,…Read More


More details

Written by akon on 27 Aug, 2004

We had a large group made up of my wife, son, mother, and my sister and her family. We had two nicely furnished two-bedroom condos at the Camelback Resort. My niece has twin 1-year-old, girls so I called the resort prior to the trip and…Read More


Scottsdale, Desert Retreat

Written by Hal1026 on 22 Apr, 2001

The best aspect of Scottsdale is its low-key atmosphere, even though there's a lot of activity you can always seek out throughout the year. Urban density in Scottsdale doesn't exist in the usual sense, because even though real estate may be worth prime prices…Read More


A Dude ranch experience

Written by BeAdventureous! on 09 Apr, 2001

Saddle up your horses, we got some cattle to drive home on the range! What a grand experience for a day! About 25 of us greenhorns rode into the desert, which was a bit rough terrain. But that just made it more thrillin! The horses…Read More


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Biking and Running Around Town

Written by jim on 26 Nov, 2000

I started every one of my mornings with a bike, run or hike. The weather was perfect and Scottsdale has a very outdoorsy quality to it. A canal runs through Scottsdale and it has a trail on each side. These loose gravel…Read More


Hiking the Camelback Mountain Cholla Trail

Written by CheapSk8 on 15 Feb, 2005

Camelback Mountain is a great hiking experience because you don't have to make it far before you get great views. It is definitely challenging, especially after marker number 14. Especially given the Arizona heat, taking water is critical, preferably in a pocket or…Read More


Jerome, AZ

Written by Connie Jean on 04 Apr, 2003

Take an hour drive to Jerome to see a revived copper mining ghost town. When the mine closed, the town was dead (no pun intended)! Then the artists that could not afford Sedona started settling here and now it has developed into a quaint artist…Read More


Sightseeing areas

Written by gstiffler on 13 May, 2003

In Arizona in February the weather can be unpredictable. When I went it was on the cool side and it rained. I went to the Grand Canyon and the temperature was in the low 60's. Two days later, they received a lot of…Read More


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Scottsdale

Written by Chuck73 on 30 Jun, 2002

Scottsdale is a beautiful city comprised mostly of resorts (over 60) and golf courses (nearly 200). I recommend visiting in autumn and winter - as it can get quite hot in the summer - I was there in early June and it was about…Read More


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