Between July and August Scottsdale is scorching under the blazing Arizona sun with average temperatures around 40°C (104°F). In fact Scottsdale delivers sunshine on over 300 days per year under a clear blue sky - even the winter is warm.
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Scottsdale is about twenty minutes west of Phoenix and just a few miles north of Tempe. It has an airport of its own, but most visitors will fly in and out of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Scottsdale is a sprawling city, and getting from one area to the next inevitably involves a car, taxi or bus. Unfortunately, public transportation is more geared to helping regular commuters than visitors. The Old Town area, as well as the many open-air shopping and cultural precincts, are perfect for walking and enjoying the sunny clime. The Downtown Trolley Service, also known as the Scottsdale Round Up, provides residents and visitors with a free transport service in the downtown Scottsdale area, between Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Fifth Avenue shops, the Main Street Arts and Antiques district, and the Old Town district. The buses operate daily however each line has their own schedule.
Nature's own elements will be of most concern whilst in Scottsdale. Sensible precautions can help avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion & heatstroke. Take it easy as you acclimatize to Arizona's high temperatures. Always drink plenty of water. Don't forget to slap on some sunscreen.
Watch where you step when you hike - particularly on hot summer afternoons and evenings, when rattlesnakes like to bask on the trail. Scorpions spend their days under rocks and woodpiles; use caution.
Practical information to assist you before and during your trip.
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