Scottsdale, Arizona is a city northeast of metropolitan Phoenix in Maricopa County. Centered in the vast Sonoran Desert, this city boasts an abundance of natural splendor just a short drive away from the bustling metropolis of Phoenix, Arizona’s capital. Scottsdale borders Tempe and Mesa on its southern boundary and the McDowell Mountains on the east side. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community shares boundaries with Scottsdale’s eastern and southern borders. Home to approximately 258,000 residents, Scottsdale is known for its luxury spa resorts and golf courses. Between its extensive mileage of multi-use trails, unforgettable dining options, and unique attractions, Scottsdale is an ideal destination for vacationers.
Scottsdale puts a great deal of emphasis on community-building, but it also thrives on tourism. Traveling downtown, visitors may stumble upon Old Town Scottsdale. This historical site features buildings from as early as 1880, 19th century olive trees, vintage shops, bars, public art installations, and restaurants. For those looking to get into the great outdoors, the Bearizona Wildlife Park is an excellent family-friendly retreat. This 160-acre wildlife park is home to hundreds of animals in a zoo-like environment offering walk-through and drive-through options. Lovers of the arts may find themselves gravitating towards the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and its many rotating installations.
For the true vacationers, Scottsdale is an oasis of luxury in the Sonoran Desert. Local Scottsdale facilities offer luxury spa treatments, resorts with multi level pools, and holistic fitness classes. To wind down the night, visit one of Scottsdale’s signature restaurants, the Old Town Tortilla Factory, for some delicious southwestern-Sonoran cuisine.