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Scottsdale Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Scottsdale, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language English
Time Difference -8 hours
Currency US Dollar
Voltage 120v

Officially known as ‘The West’s Most Western Town’, Scottsdale, located in Arizona’s beautiful 120,000-square-mile Sonoran Desert, is adjacent to the state capital of Phoenix, just a short drive away, and is bursting with a diverse mix of thrilling attractions, events and activities.

Scottsdale offers a marvellous escape for both adventure or relaxation, depending on how much or little you wish to see and do during your getaway. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the dramatic desert landscapes, comprising mesmerising mountains, sky-high saguaro cactus and sun-drenched canyons, while golf aficionados can choose from 200 world-class courses in the area.

This vibrant city is home to a booming culinary scene, with a choice of over 800 restaurants, while those who crave relaxation will delight in the knowledge that Scottsdale houses the most resort spas per capita, in the country. Head to some of the city’s finest hotels to enjoy spa treatments from Sonoran Desert-inspired indulgences, to Native American healing traditions or experience the full vibrancy of Scottsdale in Old Town, where you will can soak up rich history and culture at the various art galleries, museums and cultural venues.

The city’s central location also makes it the perfect gateway to explore Arizona’s many other charms, including Sedona and the Grand Canyon on a full-day tour. Combined with an idyllic climate, this sun-drenched urban paradise is a place unlike any other.

Highlights+

Culture and History
A world-class collection of art can be found at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and The Phoenix Art Museum, while the historic Art District in the heart of Old Town hosts the weekly ArtWalk. Both the Heard Museum and Scottsdale’s Museum of the West offer a taste of Native American life, and the Musical Instrument Museum houses over 5,000 instruments played by musical legends including John Lennon and Eric Clapton. Lovers of modern architecture should seek out Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1930s winter home, Taliesin West, Scottsdale’s only National Historic Landmark built of Sonoran Desert rocks and sand.

Shopping
Scottsdale offers an assortment of options for enthusiastic shopping devotees. Shop like a star at Biltmore Fashion Park or Fashion Square Mall, the largest shopping mall in the southwest housing designer heavyweights Prada, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Louis Vuitton. For cowboy apparel, look no further than Saba’s Western Wear, a family-owned retail institution running since 1927, and Scottsdale Pendleton, where you can pick up ranch-style gear. For unique gifts or souvenirs, the variety of shops in Old Town and on Fifth Avenue should suffice, while the huge array of art galleries offer the possibility to purchase unique glasswork, paintings and sculptures.

Outdoor Adventure
The Sonoran Desert offers an enticing, unrivalled assortment of outdoor activities that maximise the authentic Southwestern experience. Make a splash on a river-rafting, tubing or kayaking trip on the rivers and lakes, keep up to speed on an off-road Jeep or segway tour, and explore rolling mountain foothills on hikes in the Desert Botanical Garden, McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park. For a total contrast, saddle up and unleash your inner cowboy on an authentic equestrian adventure, or take to the skies for a helicopter tour over iconic landmarks and stunning Arizona scenery.

Golf
With strategic designs, aesthetic backdrops and impeccably-maintained greens, it’s little wonder that Scottsdale is considered one of the world’s finest golf destinations. Make time for a round at a choice of over 200 golf courses designed to suit every skill level and catch a glimpse of professionals if you coincide your stay around the annual PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour events. Of course, many of our featured luxury resorts also feature world-class golf courses, including The Phoenician and Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, while Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North is conveniently located adjacent to Troon North Golf Club, designed by Tom Weiskopf.

Top-Notch Dining
Scottsdale is a food-lover’s paradise, boasting over 800 diverse eateries and bars, many complemented by dramatic sunsets and sweeping Sonoran Desert vistas. Sample delicious regional and global specialities using indigenous ingredients that showcase the bounty of local farmers, ranchers and winemakers, at trendy gastropubs, rustic Western saloons and fine dining venues across the city. We also recommend spending an afternoon sampling wines from some of the state’s most acclaimed vineyards, along the walkable Scottsdale Wine Trail.

Climate+

Surrounded by scenic mountains and dry desert terrains, Scottsdale is often called the ‘Valley of the Sun’, due to its minimum of 330 days of sunshine each year. The hottest months are July, August, and then June, where temperatures often peak at around 40°C, while autumn and winter months reach more desirable highs of 25°C, combined with very little rainfall, making this season a popular time to visit.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Scottsdale.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January1932
February2031
March2431
April2811
May335
June382
July3926
August3930
September3623
October3020
November2322
December1829

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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