This small city lies in the eastern part of Maricopa County in Arizona. It’s part of the greater Phoenix area and gets its name from its founder Winfield Scott. There is still an old-time atmosphere reminiscent of cowboys and saloons.
It hosts the Scottsdale Jaycees Parada del Sol every year for a full month. It’s a festive event when cow folk from across the continent gather to take part in the Rodeo. To end off the festival, people can enjoy the largest horse and carriage parade in the world.
Scottsdale has the highest number of luxury spas in the country. Its hospitality industry is growing steadily, and you can expect to find several upscale restaurants, nightclubs and premium brand shops doing business any time of the day.
At one stage, it had the nickname of being “the desert version of Miami’s South Beach” due to the vibrant and exciting nightlife. The area also has several outdoor activities to enjoy, from rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking to relaxing sunset horseback riding.
Scottsdale’s old town is full of western restaurants, bars, and art galleries from a bygone time. Old olive trees line the streets filled with history that includes the Huhugam Ki Museum, Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop and The Rusty Spur Saloon.
If you prefer a little bit of quiet, touring the desert can be fun, and you’re bound to see some breath-taking scenery. You can take a jeep tour or view the desert landscapes from a hot air balloon.
The Colorado Rockies and the Diamondbacks liven up Scottsdale’s sporting element since they use the Salt River Fields for their spring training sessions. This vibrant city is a diamond in the desert that offers a little taste of the wild west to the curious traveler.