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Scottsdale OVERVIEW
A city that’s been dubbed “The Beverly Hills of the Southwest” carries certain cache and glitzy expectations—of glamorous resorts, high-power shopping and into-the-morning nightlife. When it comes to the “fab” life, Scottsdale doesn’t disappoint, but what you probably don’t know about this Sonoran Desert oasis is that it’s chock-full of art and interesting architecture. The Scottsdale dining scene is nationally acclaimed, and the town is full of outdoor adventures that you wouldn’t expect from such a prim-and-proper destination. The great thing about a city where about 13 percent of all jobs are directly related to tourism is that the roads, freeways and neighborhoods are smooth, clean and nicely kept up. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find “shabby” parts of town. The downside is the cost of living—and consequently the cost of an average room night can be quite high. But, don’t fret; doing Scottsdale on a budget is realistic. Summertime holds outrageous deals. It’s hot, but you can ...See More stay at properties like the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale for up to 60% off high-season rates. If you plan accordingly, though, you can get the best of both worlds during the eventful high season, which is October through March. From north to south, east to west, Scottsdale is designed to impress. A very long and narrow city, Scottsdale stretches 31 miles from north to south. At the very top is North Scottsdale, where the homes, shopping and resorts are spread out, and gaps are filled with the Southwest’s iconic saguaro cacti and long stretches of desert landscape. It’s this stark environment that first attracted architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who built his winter home, Taliesin West (which is open for tours), in Scottsdale in 1937. Driving (public transit is almost nonexistent) south along the city’s main drive, Scottsdale Road, you’ll pass retail centers like Kierland Commons and the newer Scottsdale Quarter, grazing the edge of the city’s even higher-end bedroom community, Paradise Valley, and you’ll finally roll into downtown Scottsdale, where a fierce love of anything local makes it one of the best neighborhoods in the city. See Less
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