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Scottsdale was voted the Most Livable City by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in
1993, it is consistently named among the top cities in the country which to
raise children, to retire, and is rated the number one resort community in
America. Scottsdale is located just east of Phoenix.
Scottsdale Geography and Reputation: Geographically, Scottsdale covers
about 185 square miles. Scottsdale often associated with wealthy residents and
expensive resorts. Although there is quite a bit of wealth in Scottsdale, and
some of the most beautiful and expensive resorts in the country are there, there
are also middle class neighborhoods in Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona actually has a slogan: The West's Most Western Town.
With a population of over 200,000 and more than 300 days of sunshine each year,
Scottsdale continues to grow its population as well as its tourism. More than 7
million people visit Scottsdale each year. You may wonder, what do they do there
besides lounge at exquisite resorts, shop at high end malls and eat at fine
restaurants? Well, here is my list for some of the best Scottsdale attractions
that you won't want to miss!
Indian Wash Greenbelt
This greenbelt in Scottsdale actually connects four parks: Vista Del Camino,
Eldorado, Indian School and Chaparral. The greenbelt is 12 miles long, and is
the most popular place in town for inline skaters, as well as joggers, cyclists,
walkers, and anyone with a dog. There are sports fields, ramadas, fishing lakes,
tennis courts, and more.
If you are a golfer you will find paradise in Scottsdale. There are about 50
golf courses just in Scottsdale. Championship courses of all types can be found
here, including the Scottsdale TPC where the Phoenix Open is played each January
as the first PGA tournament event of the year.
Kerr Cultural Center
Part of Arizona State University, the Kerr Cultural Center was originally
intended as a hall for chamber music. Chamber performances are still held there,
as well as other types of musical programs and concerts. This is a smaller
venue, making the programs intimate and enjoyable.
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park
Unique park amenities for the young ones include a lovely carousel. This park is
special because of the trains and railroad-related exhibits. A ten minute train
ride also takes you through an arboretum located in the park.
If it isn't too hot and you like to walk and window shop, forget that
traditional mall and make your way to downtown Scottsdale. Here you'll find
winding streets full of unique shops and galleries. You may also here this area
referred to as Fifth Avenue Shops.
Scottsdale Art Walk
Every Thursday night you can stroll the streets of downtown Scottsdale and enjoy
special exhibits with artists' receptions, demonstrations and more. It's
free--unless you fall in love with a work of art and decide to take it home with
Scottsdale Center for the Arts
The Scottsdale Center for the Arts holds musical and theatrical events,
festivals and educational programs throughout the year. The Scottsdale Museum of
Contemporary Art is in the same complex.
Each April, Scottsdale hosts a 4 day festival of food, music, entertainment. Did
I mention food? This very popular event is a fundraiser for arts and art
education programs for students in the Valley of the Sun.
Scottsdale Public Art
In the category of free entertainment, how about getting in the car and going on
a hunt? Scottsdale has an extensive collection of award-winning public art,
which includes the lizard-laden walls of the Pima Freeway, the fishy decor of
Indian School Road and many other indoor and outdoor displays. At the Web site
link provided you can learn about them, find out where they are, and hunt them
The Scottsdale Symphony provides a regular season of 5 concert series, plus
community concerts under local sponsorship, concerts in schools, parks and
during local festivals and celebrations.
Spring Training Baseball
During the entire month of March each year the valley comes alive for baseball
fans with Spring Training Baseball. The Cactus League allows the fans to see
lots of teams and players up close and personal for a reasonably priced ticket.
The San Francisco Giants call Scottsdale Stadium home during Spring Training.
Nestled in the foothills of the rugged McDowell Mountains and surrounded by the
spectacular Sonoran Desert lays a 600-acre complex called Taliesin West. This
Scottsdale attraction was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. You can
visit this Frank Lloyd Wright winter residence which is still home to the Frank
Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Guided tours of the grounds and buildings
Wedge Skate Park
Got a skateboard or inline skates? At Eldorado Park in Scottsdale the skate park
is free to the public
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