As “The West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale, Arizona, is a vibrant tourist destination. With 224,000 residents, the city is positioned in the Salt River Valley. Although Scottsdale is bordered by major cities like Phoenix and Tempe, this Arizona hot spot is a unique destination that attracts people from all across the country.
The town’s motto is well earned. For centuries, the area was inhabited by the Hohokam people, who built intricate irrigation canals. Mysteriously, the Hohokam disappeared, and by the late 1800s, the city of Scottsdale had been settled. These western roots are still visible today, especially in historic Old Town Scottsdale. To honor this past, Scottsdale holds the Jaycees Parada del Sol, which is a month long celebration that attracts cowboys and cowgirls from all over. Although the Parada del Sol features many unique events, the most noteworthy is the parade, which is the largest horse-drawn parade in the world.
Scottsdale is also noted for its high end fashion outlets. In particular, many people are drawn to the Scottsdale Fashion Square, which features stores like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York. High end boutiques like Armani Exchange and Gucci are also open here. There are other upscale shopping centers, especially in North Scottsdale, which is seeing continued growth. Fashionistas should also be sure to check out Scottsdale Fashion Week in November, which showcases runway shows from designers throughout the country and around the world.
In addition to fashion, the city is renowned for its arts. There are more than 125 galleries and studios in Scottsdale, many of which are located in the downtown. In the Marshall Way Arts District, the art has a decidedly modern flare. For western themes, the Old Town District is the best destination. The Main Street Arts District features a little of everything. The city also hosts the Scottsdale Artwalk every Thursday evening. Guests can visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, where the city’s Center for the Performing Arts is located. Another popular stop is Taliesin West, where Frank Lloyd Wright worked and studied for many years.
The possibilities do not stop there. Scottsdale has ample opportunities for rock climbing and hiking at Camelback Mountain or the McDowell Mountains. The area is also known for its golf with over 200 courses, including the famed Boulders Resort. The city hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the Barret-Jackson Auto Show, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, the Scottsdale International Film Festival and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. No matter what time of year it is, the nightlife is always thriving in Scottsdale with some of the most popular nightclubs in the country.
With so much to see and do, Scottsdale is the place to visit. At the Best Western Plus Thunderbird Suites, we are eager to help you with the Scottsdale vacation of your dreams. If you have any questions, please leave a comment. We are also on Twitter and Facebook. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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