Scottsdale is just 19miles east of Phoenix. Both cities are part of the Greater Phoenix Area. Being a popular desert city, Scottsdale is famous for its vast desertscape of ridges and trails. The first stop when you are in the city is the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This wildlife and nature park is located at 18333 N. Thompson Peak Parkway.
In here, you can explore trails either on a mountain bike or a jeep. With more than 30,000 acres of land area, there are 5 main trailheads found within the premises of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve namely: Gateway Trailhead, Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, Sunrise Trailhead, and Granite Mountain Trailhead.
Another prominent structure in Scottsdale is the Taliesin West. It is the former studio and home of the architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright. He was able to design over 1,000 structures and the Taliesin West became the headquarters of The School of Architecture at Taliesin.
The Taliesin West welcomes everyone who wants to explore the 620-acre property. There are public tours since listed under U.S. National Register of Historic Places and the U.S. National Historic Landmark. Just this year, the Taliesin West was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In their 2019 roster, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scottsdale property ranked 43rd.
Seven other Frank Lloyd Wright structures were also added to the UNESCO World Heritage List such as the Unity Temple, the Frederick C. Robie House, Taliesin (Wisconsin), Hollyhock House, Fallingwater, the Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
If you want to travel back in time and experience the original, then head to Old Town Scottsdale. It’s just on the Main Street, and you will see numerous sights and landmarks. There are things to do like exploring Old Town Scottsdale, experiencing the culture through Arizona Food Tours, and watching special entertainment shows.
The great thing about the Old Town Scottsdale is that it is near to almost everything. Whether you want to visit resorts, museums, and even the Arizona State University, it is all within reach. You can go visit Entertainment District by watching live entertainment and art shows.If shopping is your hobby, then go to the Scottsdale Fashion Square and buy some Wild West souvenirs and jewelries.
Perhaps, you just want to relax and unwind.Well, that’s very doable. Rent a trolley see what the Old Town Scottsdale has to offer firsthand. There are alsovarious golf courses and ball fields for the sports enthusiasts. It’s no surprise that Scottsdale’s economy is powered by its tourism industry. In fact, 39% of the Scottsdale’s workforce are under the tourism sector.
In 2005 alone, there are more than 7.5 million people who visited Scottsdale, and these flock of people were able to bring in a total of $3.1 billion to the city. Did you know that Scottsdale has over 70 resorts and hotels? That’s more than 15,000 hotel rooms to choose from if ever you decide to take a vacation in Scottsdale.
In terms of resorts and other amenities, both Scottsdale (Arizona) and Atlanta (Georgia) ranked 4th among the cities in the US. The top three cities with the most number of Five-Diamond hotels are Chicago, Las Vegas, and New York City.