While Phoenix is the only state capital in the United States with a population of more than one million residents, friendly Scottsdale is about one-eighth the size of its neighbor. Its lively hotel-centric social scene has been compared to Miami’s South Beach, without the beaches. It is considered part of the metropolitan Phoenix area.
Old Town Scottsdale offers a cornucopia of restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries and stores, including the luxurious Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, one of the largest malls in the country.
While Phoenix is more down home, boasting food trucks over fashion, Scottsdale is its ritzier cousin to the east. One of America’s most renowned architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, lived and worked amid saguaro cactus and desert skies at Taliesin West in Scottsdale.
Phoenix also has plenty to brag about, such as the renowned Phoenix Art Museum, the largest art museum in the Southwest. Here, even fashion is elevated to high art with its own gallery, beside noteworthy paintings of Diego Rivera and southwest darling, Georgia O'Keeffe.