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  • Scottsdale once famously billed itself as "the West's Most Western Town." Today, the cowboys and saloons are a thing of the past, replaced by ultramodern, luxury resorts, a revolving selection of nightlife hot spots, a cutting-edge culinary scene, and some of the world's best golf. With so much going on, it's no surprise that there are so many things to do in Scottsdale.

    Our number one pick is exploring Old Town Scottsdale on foot. Although quite kitschy, the rustic Old West storefronts are also a lot of fun. This is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs, grab a bite, and shop for high quality jewelry, art, and Mexican imports.

    The Scottsdale art scene, while still one of the best places to see quality cowboy art, has also become one of the leading centers for contemporary art. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is a great place to check out the latest developments in the arts. For a look back at the way things were, the Scottsdale Historical Museum, housed in the city's first schoolhouse, offers an intriguing glimpse at what the city looked like before the multimillion dollar developments sprung up all over town.

    If you want a taste of Old Scottsdale as people might have experienced it decades ago, head to one of the city's favorite riding stables for an afternoon of exploring the lush desert on horseback. MacDonald's Ranch offers popular horseback riding sessions for riders of all skills and ages.

    Old Town Scottsdale

    Main St. & Brown Ave.

    Rustic storefronts and Old West souvenirs... read more

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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    12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd
    At Cactus/114th St

    Genius Lurks Here... read more

    Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art

    7374 E. Second St

    Cutting-edge art on display... read more

    Downtown Scottsdale Shopping District

    Fifth Avenue and Scottsdale Road

    Scottsdale's own Fifth Avenue... read more

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    Troon North Golf Club

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    28190 North Alma School
    Suite 111

    Spectacular course in North Scottsdale... read more

    McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

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    7301 E. Indian Bend Rd
    At Scottsdale Rd

    Railroad Enthusiast's Dream... read more

    Scottsdale Historical Museum

    7333 East Scottsdale Mall

    Treasures from Scottsdale's early days... read more

    MacDonald's Ranch

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    26540 North Scottsdale Road

    Horsing around in North Scottsdale... read more


    Main Street and Marshall Way
    Scottsdale Arts District

    "America's Original Artwalk"... read more

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    Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

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    6902 East Greenway Parkway
    (AZ-51 Exit Greenway Parkway)

    Golf & Spa Resort... read more

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    Camelback Golf Club & Resort

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    7847 N Mockingbird Ln

    Two quality 18 hole resort courses... read more

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    Scottsdale Center for the Arts

    7800 East Second St

    A cultural mecca in Scottsdale... read more

    Gainey Ranch Golf Club

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    7600 E Gainey Club Dr

    Top quality variety... read more

    The Foothills Golf Club

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    2201 East Clubhouse Drive

    7000 yard from the tips... read more

    Agave the Spa at the Westin

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    6902 East Greenway Parkway
    (AZ-51 Exit Greenway Parkway)

    Specializing in native American-based treatments...
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    Cellular One Ice Den

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    9375 E Bell Rd

    Phoenix Coyotes skate here... read more

    The Phoenician

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    6000 East Camelback Road

    Superb golf resort offers wide variety on 27 holes... read more

    Lamar Everyday Spa (The)

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    5115 North Scottsdale Road

    Not an Everyday Thing... read more

    Crackerjax Family Fun and Sports Park

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    16001 North Scottsdale Road

    Top-Rated Mini Golf... read more

    Spa at Camelback Inn

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    5402 East Lincoln Drive
    (Tatum & Lincoln)

    Award winning relaxation... read more
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