Like nearby Phoenix, Arizona’s capital city, Scottsdale is known for its spas, golf courses and seemingly endless deserts and sunshine. The city’s 330 annual days of sunshine gives vacationers and locals plenty of time to hike, mountain bike, go off-roading tour or horseback riding.
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This desert oasis is the perfect getaway, offering luxurious accommodations and two championship golf courses.
Scottsdale’s charming downtown area also offers plenty of opportunities to escape the midday sun, from galleries to ice cream shops, restaurants and more.
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art’s unique Knight Rise exhibit allows visitors to watch the sun as it travels through the ever-changing colors of the desert sky.
One of the America’s most renowned architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, lived and worked amid saguaro cactus and desert scenery from 1938 through 1940 at Taliesin West. The building provides a great example of organic, sustainable architecture, utilizing the natural elements of the Sonoran desert region.
Adventure seekers and watersports lovers will discover an oasis of fun, as well as wild horses and other desert wildlife, along the lower Salt River east of Scottsdale. And there’s nothing like riding across the desert in a hot air balloon to get a lay of the land.
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