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Scottsdale travel guide

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You're Going to Love Scottsdale

Relaxed, sun-soaked and full of outdoor attractions, Scottsdale is a jewel in the Arizona desert. Whenever you need to get away, the city will be ready to welcome you to its restaurants, galleries, shopping malls, and golf courses.

Art fans will be in their element at Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home at Taliesin and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Sports lovers can spend their days playing championship courses like the TPC Scottsdale, while couples can stroll along the city's network of canals, taking in the desert scenery.

The food is great too, with gourmet Mexican, traditional American, and European cuisines all represented. The sun always shines, the people are friendly, so why not book a trip to Scottsdale straight away?

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When to Visit Scottsdale

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Scottsdale is one of those destinations that always seems to be sunny (though it might be a bit too sunny from late June through early September, depending on your taste). January is a good time to be in town for golfers thanks to the Phoenix Open, while March is ideal for art fans thanks to the Scottsdale Arts Festival.

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How to Get to Scottsdale

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Where to Stay in Scottsdale

Scottsdale is probably the best place outside of Phoenix to find family and luxury accommodation. There are specialist golf resort hotels like the Four Seasons at Troon North, while landscape lovers will appreciate the spectacular views from CopperWynd Resort. You can also unwind at spa resorts like Hotel Valley Ho, which offers antioxidant facials, hot stone massage and chromatherapy to reinvigorate weary vacationers. The Marriott Suites Old Town is a good, central family option, while the Saguaro Scottsdale is a solid budget choice in the Old Town.

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Shopping Streets

Fashion Square is one of America's largest malls, so it's naturally the center of gravity for shopping in Scottsdale. You could get lost in its forest of stores, which features major names like Microsoft, H&M, ALDO, Michael Kors, and Prada. For souvenirs and unique artworks, try downtown Scottsdale or the Waterfront. Places like Artisan Markets and the Marshall Way Arts District are full of unusual gift ideas.

Groceries and Other

Grocery prices in Scottsdale tend to be lower than the American average, so you can save money by choosing to self-cater. Expect to pay around $2.30 for a gallon of milk, and about $2.50 for 12 eggs at local supermarkets like Safeway, Trader Joe's, and Albertsons.

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Where to Eat in Scottsdale

Scottsdale is known as one of the finest places to dine in Arizona, and especially for its Mexican eateries. Try the chile pork chops at the Old Town Tortilla Factory for starters but don't overlook the Mission, which offers great food and craft cocktails as well. If Mexican isn't your thing, Flourish at CopperWynd is an excellent "New American" gourmet restaurant, Roka Akor is a popular Japanese spot, and you can mix great food with craft beer at Citizen Public House. Expect mains at upscale restaurants to cost around $30, but most meals will come to less than $20 per head.

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