Scottsdale, Arizona sits on the borders of Tonto National Forest and is something of a green oasis against the backdrop of the arid desert. Downtown Scottsdale offers some of the best fine art galleries, designer shopping and cultural attractions in the region. Shops in the Old Town district focus on Native American crafts, offering everything from hand woven Navajo rugs to Zuni silver jewellery.
This city is up-and-coming, with lots of divine restaurants popping up across Old Town, and plenty of thrilling activities at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve including rock climbing and hiking.
Scottsdale enjoys Arizona’s desert climate with very long, dry summers and very high daytime temperatures. Summer highs exceed an average of 40°C in July and lows of 4°C in January, rarely dropping below freezing.
Five reasons to visit Scottsdale
Get a taste of the adventurous lifestyle with a visit to McDowell Sonoran Preserve, offering a plethora of great activities including hiking, rock climbing and mountain biking
Indulge in a beautiful sunrise hot air balloon ride – the views of the sun rising over the sweeping desert are jaw-dropping
Visit the Old Town to mosey around charming boutiques and try out the booming restaurant scene
The day spas here are a wonderful way to relax and rejuvenate, fusing holistic therapies with North American healing traditions
Golf enthusiasts will revel in the 200 golf courses around the area, including the McDowell Mountain Golf Club