Get a new perspective on Scottsdale by checking out its picturesque downtown

  • Stroll through Scottsdale's "waterfront"

    It may come as a surprise on your first visit to Scottsdale to see that the city boasts its own “waterfront,” part of the expansive Arizona irrigation canal built centuries ago by the indigenous Hohokam Native American tribe. Take a scenic stroll along the canal paths, past eye-catching public art, chic shops, restaurants, lovely parks and charming piazzas. Several bridges and spectacular works of art crisscross the canal and make a picturesque platform for that perfect travel photo.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Explore the storied Sonoran Desert

    You can discover the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert at the Desert Botanical Garden, located just a few miles from the cosmopolitan ambiance of downtown Scottsdale. This 140-acre botanical garden boasts the world’s finest collection of arid-land plants from around the world. Marvel at Arizona’s state symbol, the stately saguaro cactus, which dominates the landscape. Did you know it takes 75-100 years for this cactus to grow an arm, and its lifespan often exceeds 150 years?

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Immerse yourself in Scottsdale's rich heritage

    While not as old as the 18th-century California Missions, the Old Adobe Mission in the heart of Scottsdale’s Old Town was built by hand by the Mexicans who first settled in the area in the early 20th century. Today it stands as a historic monument, one of only three remaining adobe structures in the city.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Find your groove at W Scottsdale

    Located in the heart of downtown, just steps away from the entertainment district, the trendy W Scottsdale is a perfect choice to enjoy Scottsdale’s scintillating nightlife scene. As a plus, it is within walking distance to many of the city’s attractions.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Old West ambiance in the heart of Old Town

    Want to experience a taste of the Old West? A stroll through Old Town Scottsdale takes you back to the original Scottsdale, the heart of the “West’s Most Western Town,” that began more than 100 years ago. 

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Enjoy unforgettable vistas from a mountain top

    Hiking trails of all skill levels surround Scottsdale, part of the expansive McDowell Sonoran Preserve, the largest city-owned preserve in the United States.  The Camelback Mountain trailhead, with spectacular views of Scottsdale and the Phoenix skyline, is just minutes away from downtown.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Art flourishes in downtown Scottsdale

    It may be the magical desert scenery, the ancient Native American history or any number of combinations that makes Scottsdale a true city of the arts. You’ll find exquisite galleries throughout the city offering amazing works of art, for any taste or budget.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Go for a romantic stroll

    Bask in the enchanting glow of lights that adorn the towering palms and fountains year-round along E. Main Street, the main thoroughfare through Scottsdale's historic district.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Toast to Arizona wine

    Of all the things Arizona is known for, wine might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But Arizona now has more than 100 wineries with award-winning vintages, thanks to the varietals that flourish in the high altitude regions of the state. You can taste some of these superb wines at the Carlson Creek Tasting Room, located in the heart of downtown.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Shop for unique Native American artifacts

    Stroll through the many galleries in Scottsdale’s Old Town and discover the wealth of Native American artifacts available for purchase.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Discover the sound of music

    Don’t pass up the opportunity to tour Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum, the largest museum of its kind in the world. Once you enter the museum’s walls, you can literally travel the world to see and hear the music and instruments of any continent. Check out the Experience Gallery and enjoy a hands-on opportunity to play many of the instruments seen elsewhere in the museum.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • See the sparkle of Scottsdale's crown jewels

    For a town of its size, Scottsdale seems to have an amazing array of jewelry stores featuring handcrafted one-of-a-kind designer pieces, as well as Native American creations made of turquoise and other indigenous stones.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Experience a Japanese culinary adventure

    Lovers of Japanese cuisine shouldn’t miss the “Omakase” (translated trust me) menu at Sushi Roku in the W Scottsdale. The exquisitely prepared dishes are beautifully presented in separate courses, featuring such delicacies as seared scallops, grilled octopus, blue crab tartar, Toro caviar, to the absolutely amazing Japanese Wagyu beef.  

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Shop 'till you drop

    Scottsdale’s Fashion Square, the largest (and most profitable) shopping mall in the American Southwest, features an astounding array of outlets that would satisfy even the most jaded shopaholic.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Take yourself out to the ball game

    Visitors from around the nation converge in Scottsdale to enjoy the Cactus League spring baseball training under the warm Arizona sun. While here, they experience many of Scottsdale's amenities and visitor activities.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Shop in Scottsdale's oldest house

    Tucked away in downtown Scottsdale is the Charles Miller House, a Craftsman bungalow built in 1913 by Mr. Miller, who also brought electricity to the town of Scottsdale. Today it is the home of Alis Living Boutique that specializes in organic clothing, handmade jewelry, local art, natural beauty products, and a variety of classes, from yoga to organic cooking.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Savor modern Latin cuisine in an Old Town setting

    Step back in time at The Mission restaurant, located next to the Old Scottsdale Mission. Surrounded by the glow of flickering candlelight or an adobe fireplace, dine on a creative mélange of Latin and French cuisine.  Don’t miss the amazing tableside guacamole, which is practically a meal in itself.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Hear the sounds of Scottsdale

    Classic rock and country music is alive and well at the Rusty Spur Saloon, located in the heart of Scottsdale’s Old Town.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

  • Party the night away

    Scottsdale’s Entertainment District is already a hot spot for visitors and just keeps growing. Whether you’re looking for a quiet evening of chatter and drinks over a great meal or a night on the dance floor, you’ll find it in this vibrant neighborhood, right in the heart of the city.

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Eat Your veggies

    The trendy FnB restaurant in the SouthBridge neighborhood of Scottsdale is known for its innovative and creative vegetable-based cuisine (though several non-vegetarian options are also available).  Vegans and vegetarians alike give this restaurant a vigorous “thumbs up."

    Photo courtesy of Joanne DiBona

  • Feast your eyes on a spectacular sunset

    The Scottsdale Waterfront is the perfect place to enjoy a desert sunset. If you're lucky, you'll happen upon one of many special events that take place in this architecturally innovative district, such as the annual Canal Convergence that showcases large-scale interactive artworks by local and international artists.

    Photo courtesy of Tony DiBona

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