Located in the Valley of the Sun next to the state capital of Phoenix, the desert town of Scottsdale is steeped in cowboy culture and is home to a thriving arts and entertainment district. The 184-square-mile city draws millions of visitors every year, and it’s easy to see why. Come experience the excitement of this city billed as “The West’s Most Western Town.”
Art and Culture
When it comes to the arts, Scottsdale offers more than 125 museums and art galleries, as well as popular arts and culture festivals each year. The “Old Town” district boasts one of the most active nightlife scenes in the US, with about 75 bars and night clubs, plus 85 restaurants and 240 shops. The city is also home to the Heard Museum for American Indian Art and History, as well as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Those looking for a taste of cowboy culture won’t be disappointed: the city hosts the famous Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show each year, plus the highly popular Parada Del Sol rodeo that lasts a month. Fans of architecture will want to be sure to see Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter residence, the beautiful Taliesin West.
Sports and Recreation
Are you a Major League Baseball fan? Scottsdale is home to the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies hold their Spring Training each year. The San Francisco Giants, meanwhile, hold their spring training at Scottsdale Stadium downtown.
If you love golf, take advantage of the Scottsdale area’s exceptional golf courses with stunning desert views and 330 days of sunshine every year.
Want to explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert for yourself? Take a guided Jeep or Hummer tour, or go cowboy style and explore the area on horseback. Scottsdale also maintains a large network of trails, perfect for hikers and mountain bikers.
Shopping and More
Our city is also famous for its great retail opportunities. Scottsdale Fashion Square, one of the country’s premier shopping malls, offers nearly two million square feet of retail space. Other notable shopping destinations include The Shops at Gainey Village and The Borgata.
In addition, several area medical clinics and hospitals contribute to advancements in the medical field, including the Mayo Clinic, the Mayo Clinic Hospital, the Virginia Piper Cancer Center and the Laser Spine Institute.