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World heritage site · Architectural Building
Taliesin West , Scottsdale
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Frank Lloyd Wright's winter residence, Taliesin West is part of the school of architecture campus and FLW foundation. The building is open fo
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Old Town Scottsdale , Scottsdale
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Get your fix of shopping, food, nightlife, and culture with an Old West feel at Old Town Scottsdale. This historical, bustling district is ho
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Specialty Museum
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The largest museum of its type in the world, Musical Instrument Museum has a collection of over 15,000 musical instruments and associated obj
Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours , Phoenix
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Garden
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Desert Botanical Garden covers an area of 57 hectares (140 acres) and shelters more than 21,000 plants, including 139 rare and endangered spe

Scottsdale

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Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after founder Winfield Scott and incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000, the 2015 population of the city is estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach" and as having "plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene." Its slogan is "The West's Most Western Town."Scottsdale, 31 miles long and 11.4 miles wide at its widest point, shares boundaries with many other municipalities and entities. On the west, Scottsdale is bordered by Phoenix, Paradise Valley and unincorporated Maricopa County land. Carefree is located along the western boundary, as well as sharing Scottsdale's northern boundary with the Tonto National Forest. To the south Scottsdale is bordered by Tempe. The southern boundary is also occupied by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, which extends along the eastern boundary, which also borders Fountain Hills, the McDowell Mountain Regional Park and more unincorporated Maricopa County land. Use our world travel planner: Scottsdale and all its delights await.

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Where to stay in Scottsdale

Visitors to Scottsdale looking for economical ways to stay can find various motels and rooms suitable for a few nights, whereas those searching for a longer stay in a mid-range price bracket can find anything from spas to guesthouses. Resorts are in abundance there, and those with a desire to splurge could find themselves booking a villa or resort complete with an onsite pool. Advance bookings are more necessary for the higher-priced places to stay, either online or by telephone.
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