Scottsdale Travel Information

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Scottsdale, named after Major Winfield Scott, was founded on February 26, 1910. The city since then has preserved its western roots while progressing into one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona. Visitors come from around the world for a glimpse of western memorabilia combined with elegant dining, hotels and shopping. The city is now divided into three distinct parts.

Old Town Scottsdale
Old Town includes the older Scottsdale area which extends from Thomas to Camelback on Scottsdale Road. Western stores have become staples here, like Sabas Western Wear, upscale restaurants and Fifth Avenues art district which boasts artists from around the world who come to display their art in some of the most walked through galleries in the West.

Old Town is also the home of the annual Parada del Sol Parade, which exhibits some of the most beautiful livestock in the west, Scottsdale civic group floats, food and fun for the whole family. This parade has become a time-honored tradition and takes place annually, in February. This is also the home of another time-honored tradition, spring training. The Scottsdale Stadium holds thousands of fans each year, as they watch their "snowy" friends hit the ball around one of the oldest baseball stadiums in Arizona. Other attractions in this area include the Scottsdale Civic Center, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Library and the annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival.

Old Town is flanked on the North end by the Wests premier fashion shopping mall, Scottsdale Fashion Square, at the corner of Scottsdale and Camelback Roads. This mall offers wonderful shopping experiences, offering in excess of 15 restaurants with anchor stores from Robinsons-May and Dillards to Nordstroms and Neiman Marcus. More than 500 specialty stores are also a part of this desert shopping oasis.

Traveling North from downtown, Scottsdales richest shopping and restaurants continue for miles from Camelback Road all the way to Lincoln Drive. The Borgata of Scottsdale and the Hilton Village are two specialty malls that offer one-of-a-kind stores in a rich, relaxing environment. Both malls are out of doors and feature opportunities for window shopping and comfortable strolls with high visual appeal. The Borgata is the home to apparel art galleries, fine gifts, home furnishings, jewelry stores and superb restaurants. The Hilton Village also offers unique shops and excellent dining experiences in a more casual environment. Both locations are of "must see" quality.

McCormick Ranch
The McCormick Ranch area, once known as one of the most prestigious areas in Arizona, started development in the mid sixties and still produce multi-million dollar homes. Here you'll find the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, the McCormick Ranch Golf Club and the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch. Another attraction are the two beautiful lakes which hold many species of fish, ducks and geese. This area is a treat to see for anyone who wants to see pride of ownership in an area that is rich in history.

North Scottsdale
Troon, Carefree, Cave Creek

With the advent of the 101 freeway, the North Scottsdale area is now accessible to almost anyone. This beautiful area that includes the cities of Carefree and Cave Creek, has some of the most natural landscapes in Arizona and even the home developments that have come into this land have tried to preserve what is natural. Here you will climb the McDowell Mountains at the Marriott, taste real rattlesnake at Rawhide, eat great steaks under the mountain stars at Pinnacle Peak Patio and see history in the making at Frank Lloyd Wrights Taliesin West.

The area is not without its own shopping attractions, with its most recent venture at the corner of Scottsdale and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, the Scottsdale Promenade. No more do you need to travel to California for an In-N-Out Burger or to go to the Nordstrom Rack. You will also find over 45 other specialty stores and restaurants at this power mall that seems to literally come from out of nowhere.

Traveling north from this newly developed land in Scottsdale, you will find the five-star Grayhawk Golf Club and community. With homes in the multi-million dollar range and property of like value, the beauty is overwhelming. Del Webb didn't only make his mark in Sun City in the Valley of the Sun, he also left behind a beautiful legacy, with Terravita, a master-planned community that has its own grocery, golf and lifestyle, set among the desert. If this beauty isn't enough, keep traveling north and you will find el Pedregal Festival Marketplace. Here, specialty shops line a pueblo style mall that is completely outdoors and free of the airs of the city. This elegant shopping experience is a celebration of aromas and visual delights. Carefree offers the distinctive Boulders Resort & Spa, one of the worlds top destination resorts. Then head over for western fun in the city of Cave Creek. Here you can see the best of both worlds, where someone might run into a Harley Davidson fest and a Cadillac parade all in the same day - even the same parking lot. Crazy Eds Satisfied Frog is a must visit for anyone from the East.


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