Scottsdale – officially known as ‘The West’s Most Western Town’ – measures 184.5 square miles, and really packs a punch within its 31-mile-long location in central Arizona, where it nestles into Arizona’s cosmopolitan capital city, Phoenix. Interestingly, the city ‘feels’ like a small town, but is, in fact, one of the top 100 largest cities in the USA. With a history dating back more than 12,000 years, this area of the USA is synonymous with American Indian culture and offers a fascinating collaborative vibe of the Wild West and Mexico, its southern neighbour, which intriguingly juxtaposes with its sophisticated and contemporary backdrop, multitude of challenging golf courses, excellent shopping opportunities and a fabulous accumulation of restaurants, bars and traditional saloons.
Surrounded by mountains and adorned with thousands of cacti on its desert terrain, scenic Scottsdale also hosts the sun on an average of 330 days of the year, and is home to attractions such as museums, art galleries, an award-winning zoo, a botanical garden, two-hundred miles of hiking and biking trails within the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and superbly located five star resorts from some of the world’s most successful hotel brands, meaning that it is a super option for couples and families alike, particularly if included in an itinerary including California, Utah or Nevada. Please view our Arizona Destination Guide for further information on this very special area of Arizona.