Located east of downtown Phoenix, the city of Scottsdale is known as “The West’s Most Western Town.” In 1888 a U.S. Army Chaplin, Winfield Scott came to Arizona with his wife Helen and purchased 640-acres of land, where downtown Scottsdale is today. Originally known as Orangedale because of the large orange groves, it was later named after its founder in 1894. In the early 1900s Scottsdale supported a thriving community of artists and writers, which was the inspiration for Scottsdale’s resort lifestyle. In 1909 the Ingleside Inn was opened and in 1920 the second resort was opened and the structure still stands on the grounds of the highly-acclaimed Phoenician Resort. Today, Scottsdale has a population of just under 227,000 residents and has been described as “a desert version of Miami’s South Best” by the New York Times. If you are looking for nightlife, fine dining and designer name brands, nestled against a rugged mountain backdrop, then Scottsdale, Arizona is where you want to be.
Scottsdale is known for its luxury-living and attracts effluent people from around the globe. Scottsdale Airport is owned by the city where travelers can enjoy the “red carpet” treatment and no customs or tarmac delays. The Scottsdale Airpark is a multi-use facility that employs nearly 52,000 and home to 2,800 businesses. It is among the largest employment facilities in Arizona.
Every year, thousands of visitors flock to Scottsdale for a variety of famous events, such as the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show that runs annually in February. Car collectors and enthusiasts love the excitement of the Barrett Jackson Car Auction that comes to Scottsdale every January – the “world’s greatest collection of car auctions.” Most large events in Scottsdale are held at the nationally recognized WestWorld facility. Located on 386-acres of land at the base of the beautiful McDowell Mountains, WestWorld hosts annual events such as car shows, rodeos, home and design shows, and special holiday events.
If you came to Scottsdale to shop, then you will want to check out old town Scottsdale, where you will find everything from art galleries to specialty shops, to southwestern culture. Here you can enjoy the “old town singing cowboy” or take a ride on a horse-drawn trolley or enjoy a 90 minute walking tour of Old Town Scottsdale. Other points of interest that should be on your list to see while in Scottsdale, include the Scottsdale Historical Museum and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. If you are a lover of music, you will want to visit the Musical Instrument Museum, where you can get up close and personal with more than 6,000 instruments collected from around the world. Open in 2016, the OdySea Aquarium is a 200,000 square foot, two-story facility that holds more than two million gallons of water for marine life like turtles, sharks, octopus and more.
After a fun-filled day in Scottsdale, Arizona you will most likely be hungry and you can find anything your taste buds crave from posh restaurants like Kona Grill, Flemings, Mastro’s, Tommy Bahama and The Capital Grill which is located in a building inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. While fine dining and premier entertainment can be found in Scottsdale, you can also find some of the best shopping for designer brand names like Neiman Marcus and Armani. Kierland Commons, located in Scottsdale is one of the largest outdoor shopping areas in the Valley of the Sun. After shopping you can relax at the Kierland Commons Resort and Golf Club. The Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the top choices for locals and people visiting Arizona. Here you will find more of the best brand names in fashion, such as Nordstrom, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Michael Kors and many others.
When people think Arizona, they think golf and beautiful weather and Scottsdale has both to offer. Every year thousands of locals and visitors flock to Scottsdale for the hope of spotting their favorite celebrity or golf pro at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here you can enjoy the game of golf and the beautiful weather! The Birds Nest is the place to be when the sun goes down, to hear popular rock stars and musicians from around the world. If you love to play the game of golf, then you will want to get a tee time at Troon North Golf Club. Recently renovated by British Open Champion, Tom Weiskopf, Troon North has two 18-hole courses that are surrounded by the rugged Sonoran Desert landscape and panoramic mountain views.
While golf isn’t for everyone, Scottsdale has a plethora of outdoor recreation to meet even the most demanding needs. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is one of the largest urban preserves in North America and encompasses 47 square miles. This area is considered to be the most important wildlife habitat in the state, according to Arizona Game and Fish Department. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve has several trail heads with a variety of easy to more difficult trails, horse trails, covered ramadas, bathrooms and drinking water. Scottsdale is the home for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies spring training. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is a 140-acre facility with some of the best mountain views at any stadium in the Valley. Spring training games are just one of the highlights to the entertainment in Scottsdale. Every April Scottsdale hosts the Culinary Fest where visitors can taste delicious foods, wine and beer from a variety of businesses, plus live entertainment from local musicians. Scottsdale is steeped in arts and cultural history and visitors can enjoy live shows at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This facility entertains more than 250,000 visitors each year with over a 1,000 indoor and outdoor performances.
The Scottsdale Unified School District has thirty-one schools and services over 25,000 students each year. The boundaries include more of Scottsdale and parts of the town of Paradise Valley. Scottsdale also has a community college and the Le Cordon Blue College of Culinary Arts.
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