Scottsdale, Arizona

Located on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona, Scottsdale is a resort and retirement community that is a relaxing place to visit. In some ways, it reminds us of Hilton Head, South Carolina, only it doesn’t have the beaches. What it does have is a lot of excellent golf courses, upscale resorts, and restaurants galore. Summertime is actually their off-season due to the intense heat and the possibilities of a haboob, which is dust storm that can blanket the entire area with a wall of sand.

Old Town Scottsdale
Southwestern Artwork
Beautiful Flowers
Oldest Standing Church in Scottsdale

The downtown area of Scottsdale has a historic old town that will transport you back into the days of cowboys and give you a glimpse into the old west or southwest. There are plenty of souvenir stores selling Indian jewelry, pottery, and other trinkets to take home with you. There is also a large art district where you can go an art walk and enjoy all of the different galleries with traditional southwestern art as well as contemporary and traditional art. Not to worry, there is also a boutique shopping district, should you desire to do some shopping for non-tourist related items.

Old Western Touches
Whimsical Touches
Interesting Statues

The other thing that you can find are plenty of restaurants and bars. If you are daring, you can stop in at one of the several saloons that are downtown and even listen to some good old western music. Needless to say, we had to give more than one of the saloons a try, if for nothing else to get out of the 108 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. Cold beers and margaritas were definitely needed in order to beat the heat.

Old Fashioned Saloon
Historic Building and Friendly Lounge
Country Western Music
Unique Interior of Patties

Walking around the downtown Scottsdale area provides wonderful scenery, interesting artwork, and at this time of year, plenty of beautiful flowering plants. Whether you come to the area to play a few rounds of golf, sit by the pool and relax, or enjoy the abundant food options that are available, you won’t be disappointed. We would probably recommend that you come during the fall when the temperatures are more hospitable, but if you can stand the heat, there are plenty of deals for those who venture to come here during the summer.

True Cowboy Bar
More Flowers
Downtown Artwork
Fun and Games
Old Town Sign

13 thoughts on “Scottsdale, Arizona

  1. Aw, my hometown! Actually I work in Scottsdale, live in Phoenix. We enjoy taking visitors to downtown Scottsdale or Phoenix, especially for the restaurants. There’s no end to them.
    Glad you enjoyed your visit, even if it was a tad warm!

  2. My wife and I love Scottsdale and exploring the various communities, resorts and restaurants. There are many parks and hiking trails. Through-out the fall and winter numerous events also await your discovery. One of my favorites is the the Waste Management Open golf tournament (I don’t even golf). My other favorite is the Barrett Jackson Car Auction. Fall, winter, and spring is a more expensive time to visit Scottsdale, but well worth it. Thank you for writing this great article.

    1. We are glad you enjoyed the post :). We had a great time in Scottsdale. We didn’t do much hiking since it was 108 degrees when we visited. We look forward to making another trip to Scottsdale when it isn’t quite as hot 🙂

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