Things to see in Scottsdale Arizona

Visit Scottsdale Arizona

Probably one of the most well-known cities in Arizona, Scottsdale is dubbed the West's most western town. Located just east of Phoenix, Scottsdale is a popular tourist destination. Scottsdale can be divided into 4 sections:

  • South Scottsdale
  • Old Town
  • Central
  • North Scottsdale

South Scottsdale

South Scottsdale is an older part of town. It is also the major nightlife and art center of the area. The San Francisco Giants practice at Scottsdale Stadium in Downtown Scottsdale for baseball's spring training season.

Old Town Scottsdale


Old Town is the cultural district for Scottsdale and has a walkable downtown area. There is a free trolley ride you can take as well to get from one destination to another within Old Town.

This area is home to the high end Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and western art galleries evoking an old cowboy era.

Downtown "Old Scottsdale" has the most old west feel to it. This area is prime real estate for new condos and hotels. The city holds the annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and the Scottsdale Jaycees Parada del Sol/Rode.

Central Scottsdale

Central Scottsdale is home to many of Scottsdale's premiere resorts.

North Scottsdale

Scottsdale is home to over 240,000 people and North Scottsdale is where most of the new development is taking place right now. Many corporations have made North Scottsdale home as well. As this area builds up they have several good nightclubs and some nice shopping here as well.

Where to Stay

Scottsdale is home to over 70 resorts, second only to New York City as having more AAA Five-Diamond hotels and resorts than any other city in the USA.

Things to See and Do in Scottsdale Arizona

Ever since Frank Lloyd Wright decided to create his winter home here in the 1930's, his architectural influence can be seen throughout the Phoenix area. Taliesin West is a top tourist attraction and a must see if visiting Scottsdale.

Pool at Taliesen West

If you enjoy the arts, you will love a visit to Cosanti.  See an outdoor gallery of the famous Paolo Soleri's Windbells. They are beautiful. Scottsdale is home to more than 125 professional art galleries and studios.

Handmade Wind Chimes

The The PGA's tour Waste Management Open Golf Tournament is held each January in Scottsdale and attracts thousands of golfers and fans. Golf lovers can choose from hundreds of golf courses just in Scottsdale alone, even more if they head out to the greater Phoenix Metro area.


Love music? The Muscial Instrument Museum in Scottsdale has many hands-on exhibits dedicated to music. It is home to a collection of over 10,000 musical instruments.

Most resorts in Scottsdale offer kid friendly programs. McCormick Stillman Park offers a lot of fun for the younger kids. Cracker Jax Amusement Park is fun for the whole family.

Have a picnic in nearby Fountain Hills at the nations second tallest fountain. The fountain is a landmark and shoots water over 500 feet into the air. Fountain Hills is a town about 15 minutes east of Scottsdale.

Fountain Hills Fountain

Hike one of they many beautiful mountains around Phoenix,or go horseback riding.