Nicknamed "The West's Most Western Town," Scottsdale offers something to pique everyone's interest, making a stay at one of our Scottsdale vacation rentals perfect for any getaway. A guy's weekend can be spent golfing, catching Spring Training games at Salt River Fields, and bar hopping. A girl's trip is complete with facials and retail therapy, and a family reunion is well-rounded with educational museums and water activities.
Set in the northeastern part of the Greater Phoenix Area and bursting with blue skies and saguaro cactus, upscale Scottsdale has easy access to everything central Arizona is known for. Phoenix borders western Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa are to the south, and Tonto National Forest is to the northeast. Arizona's second largest city, Tucson, is 121 miles south while Flagstaff is 153 miles north.
From hiking Pinnacle Peak to unwinding with a Swedish massage at New Serenity Spa, Scottsdale has something for every age and interest. Are the kids tagging along to your Scottsdale vacation? Then you won't want to miss out on visiting the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Ride the carousel, watch the kids climb on the playground, and take a train ride around the large and historic park.
Spend another day at the impressive Butterfly Wonderland watching thousands of beautiful butterflies, then challenge your friends to the laser and mirror maze challenges at OdySea Mirror Maze. You can find a thrill petting stingrays at OdySea Aquarium just next door.
Pamper yourself with a day at the Camelback Spa and shopping around the valley. Claiming the title of the largest shopping mall in the Southwest, Fashion Square Mall's upscale and luxurious atmosphere and a variety of shops will easily suffice for retail therapy. Make your way to Old Town Scottsdale to meander through unique desert-themed shops and go back in time with a horse-drawn carriage ride.
If shopping isn't quite your cup of tea, take advantage of the year-round warm weather of this high desert climate and enjoy the great outdoor activities in Scottsdale. Try to beat fellow travelers at the premier driving range, Topgolf, or reserve a tee time at TPC Scottsdale. Start your day early with a hike to Tom's Thumb, then cool off by floating down the Salt River in tubes rented from Fort McDowell Adventures or splash down waterslides at Big Surf Waterpark.
Find your inner creative side in downtown Scottsdale visiting museums, nabbing tickets to a play at the Performing Arts Center, and, of course, posing in front of the iconic sign that spells, "LOVE." Anyone with an eye for architecture will want to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's former home, Taliesin West, on the east side of the city, which inspires awe with its prehistoric grandeur amidst the desert landscape.
Skip cooking at your Scottsdale vacation rental for a night and treat the group to a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant. Scottsdale is known for its wide array of incredible eateries, and you won't be disappointed no matter where you decide to dine. If deciding is just too difficult, why not try samples of some of the best restaurants by booking a tour at Arizona Food Tours. They offer lunch, dinner, and Sip & Sample tours that each last three hours and guarantee full bellies by the end.
Olive and Ivy in Fashion Square boasts a relaxing waterfront location and a contemporary atmosphere. Try not to fill up on the mouth-watering complimentary bread and pesto and keep room for the truffle mushroom pasta or bacon-wrapped pork tenderloins. The Mission offers an enchanting, romantic setting with dimmed lighting and table-side prepared guacomolé. And if you need a sweet pick-me-up, try Sugar Bowl in Old Town Scottsdale, where the Top Hat - a cream puff with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with hot fudge - is a favorite on a hot day.
Book one of our Scottsdale vacation rentals and let the countdown to food, friends, and fun festivities begin!
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