With sunny, warm days and a relaxing atmosphere, it's no wonder many people flock to Scottsdale Arizona for a get-a-way. Scottsdale Arizona offers abundant sunshine and almost perfect temperatures - a great combination that spells "v-a-c-a-t-i-o-n" for golfers, family vacationers, nature lovers, and many others!
Scottsdale Arizona is located in Maricopa County in the Sonoran Desert, just below the breathtaking McDowell Mountains. The city's population was estimated at 217,989 in 2003. Scottsdale Arizona is near the cities of Paradise Valley and Fountain Hills. The area was named after Army Chaplain Winfield Scott, who had settled there in 1888. Other nearby cities in the east valley include Mesa and Phoenix. And just to the south of Scottsdale Arizona you will find Tucson Arizona.
Scottsdale Arizona is home to the AZL Giants, a minor league baseball team. The city is also home of the Four Seasons Orchestra. For higher learning, there's the Scottsdale Community College. The city of Scottsdale hosts several local festivals and events throughout the year. Two of these are the McDowell Mountain Music Festival and the Paradise Valley Jazz Party, both held in spring.
Scottsdale Arizona has also been home to several well-known people, including actress Maureen O'Sullivan, actress Catherine Hicks, and tennis player Meghann Shaughnessy. The popular comedies "Raising Arizona" and "Wayne's World" were filmed in Scottsdale Arizona.
The area is known for having more than 200 golf courses, many spas and resorts for wellness and relaxation, and a number of historic sites and art galleries. But that's not all! At Fifth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, there are many stores for shopping, boutiques, unique crafts shops, art galleries, and great restaurants. Art fans can visit the Main Street Art District.
Families can enjoy stepping back in time to the "Old West" at the Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. It's an adventure guests will never forget as they tour a haunted hotel, take a bungee jump, and see a mechanical bull as well as staged gun fights!
To bring out the kid in everyone, there's the Cracker Jax Family Fun & Sports Park. Here, kids (young and old) can ride go-karts, hit some golf balls at a driving range, ride bumper boats, and more!
There's also the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, where guests can climb aboard a miniature replica of the Colorado narrow gauge railroad. The park features many old railroad cars as well as an antique carousel.
Nature lovers can hike on one of the many nature trails in Scottsdale Arizona. There's La Mirada Park, which is a desert botanical nature trail. To see low-water use plants, the McCormick Railroad Park features a nature trail called the Aboretum. At the McDowell Mountain Ranch Park, bicyclists and hikers can follow a trail into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, where beautiful mountains and open spaces connect. For horseback riding, there are Mescal Park and Pinnacle Peak Park.
Scottsdale Arizona has several museums and galleries where visitors can explore and learn about the history of the area. These include the Scottsdale Historical Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and the Overland Gallery.
Those wanting a peaceful, relaxing vacation will find everything they could ever want in Scottsdale Arizona USA! To learn more about this lovely retreat, visit the Scottsdale city's website and Scottsdale Living Magazine