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Scottsdale, Arizona

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or the adventure of a lifetime, you’ll find it in Scottsdale, Arizona!

If relaxation is on your itinerary, make an appointment with bliss at Scottsdale’s acclaimed resort and day spas, where luscious treatments are inspired by Sonoran Desert botanicals and ancient Native American healing techniques. Indulge in some soothing retail therapy at Scottsdale’s upscale shopping venues, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter. Or soak up the sun on a stroll through downtown, where you can browse more than 100 art galleries, museums and one-off boutiques.

For thrill seekers, Scottsdale answers your call for adventure with options that are as varied as the landscape itself. The Sonoran Desert’s towering mountains, lush arroyos and year-round sunshine create an ideal setting for energizing hikes, gravity-defying aerial adventures, rugged off-road tours and Western-style horseback riding treks. And if golf is your game, test your mettle on any of the area’s 200 pristine golf courses, including notables like Troon North, We-Ko-Pa, Grayhawk and TPC Scottsdale.

No matter which experience you prefer, you’ll enjoy Scottsdale’s luxurious resorts, vibrant dining and nightlife scene, and easy access to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Enjoy your holiday – your way – in Scottsdale!

Scottsdale Cottonwood Resort

7 nights 3★ Scottsdale Cottonwood Resort

£999pp

Includes direct flights from London Heathrow to Phoenix with British Airways

Departing 01 Nov 13

Top 10 Things to see and do:

Whether you’re a first-time Scottsdale visitor or a long-time fan, you’ll find there’s never a shortage of things to do in our sunny Southwestern city. Here are 10 quintessential Scottsdale experiences you won’t want to miss.

  1. Take a Hike: The Sonoran Desert is a breathtaking landscape of majestic mountains and lush desert vegetation. Experience it first-hand at Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which offers more than 60 miles of shared-use trails that range from casual strolls to serious workouts.

  2. McDowell Sonoran Preserve
  3. Visit Taliesin West: Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright was so captivated by the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and sunny climate that he chose Scottsdale as the location for his winter home and architectural school, Taliesin West. Daily tours offer guests an insider’s look into Wright’s ingenious designs and his ability to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces.

  4. Chill-Out Poolside: From private poolside cabanas with all the extras to sandy beaches, winding “rivers,” towering waterslides and the state’s first Flow Rider surfing simulator, Scottsdale’s resort pools provide relaxation and entertainment for the entire family.

  5. Explore Downtown: Scottsdale’s easily walkable downtown is comprised of quaint neighborhoods of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and nightclubs. Browse for Western wear and Native American jewelry in Old Town. Take in the Thursday night ArtWalk in the Arts District. Shop for unique gifts along Fifth Avenue. Or check out the high-energy club scene in the Entertainment District. Prefer riding to walking? Hop aboard the free Downtown Trolley, which runs daily every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (until 9 p.m. on Thursdays).

  6. Downtown
  7. Catch a Sunset: In a natural setting as gorgeous as the Sonoran Desert, every moment can seem like a photo op. Grab your camera and capture one of our spectacular desert sunsets. Popular locations include Taliesin West, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak Park and Orange Sky, Talking Stick Resort’s 15th-floor restaurant.

  8. Dine Outdoors: Thanks to our sun-filled skies and temperate climate, patio dining is a year-round delight in Scottsdale. From casual bistros to upscale eateries, Scottsdale restaurants serve up fabulous cuisine and stellar scenic views every day of the year.

  9. Play Golf: If golf is your game, you’ll find more than 200 outstanding courses in Scottsdale to challenge your skills. Options include lush traditional layouts as well as stunning desert target-style designs. Favorites include award-winners like TPC Scottsdale, Grayhawk, Troon North, Talking Stick and We-Ko-Pa.

  10. Shop ’til You Drop: Begin your retail therapy at the Southwest’s largest shopping destination, Scottsdale Fashion Square. Here you’ll find big names like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York as well as one-off boutiques and flagship stores by international designers. Other Scottsdale retail powerhouses include Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons.

  11. Horseback
  12. Relax at a Spa: Scottsdale offers more than 24 posh resort and day spas that will pamper you with treatments inspired by Sonoran Desert botanicals, traditional Native American healing techniques and healing traditions from around the world.

  13. Attend a World-Class Event: No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find exciting offerings on Scottsdale’s year-round calendar of events. Concerts under the stars, classic car auctions, and culinary and fine art festivals are just a few of the options. Some of our most popular events include the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Major League Baseball Cactus League Spring Training with the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.