Visitors to Scottsdale come for some of the Southwest’s best shopping, dining, art galleries, architecture, and of course, adventurous excursions into the vast Sonoran Desert.
Whether you come to take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert studio at Taliesin West, or want to live out your cowboy dreams with an early morning horseback ride, Scottsdale beckons visitors with great weather, luxurious amenities, and the natural beauty of the surrounding desert.
A good introduction to the city is a stroll through Old Town Scottsdale, a hub of shops, boutiques, cafes, and galleries. This pedestrian-friendly area features a free local trolley that makes it easy for visitors to navigate downtown.
Art lovers will want to visit the dozens of galleries located in the Marshall Way Arts District. This section of downtown hosts a popular art walk every Thursday night, one of the oldest in the country.
Art lovers should also make time for a visit to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the Southwest's premier destination for modern art.
For history buffs, the Museum of the West offers a great introduction into the history and culture of the American West. The museum's historical artifacts and storytelling events help bring the West to life.
Northeast of downtown, Butterfly Wonderland is a popular family attraction with a collection of thousands of butterflies from around the world.
Check out our list for more recommendations on what to see and do during your Scottsdale stay.