Welcome to Scottsdale
A thriving urban hot spot nestled northeast of Phoenix
Nestled in the Arizona desert, Scottsdale is a gorgeous city — with a growing population and vibrant surroundings. Deemed the “West’s Most Western Town,” Scottsdale is home to Frank Lloyd Wright's original architecture, world-class golf courses, and the year-round sun you’d expect from this southwestern paradise.
What to Love
- Endless opportunities to enjoy nature and the diverse wildlife
- A bustling visual and performing arts community that attracts people from all over the country
- A gracious, welcoming vibe. Scottsdale was ranked number 10 on Wallethub’s Most Friendly Cities in the Nation
Residents of Scottsdale enjoy a tranquil, yet pleasurable way of life. The town’s main attraction may be its natural landscapes, but it is also well-developed — with a plethora of entertainment venues, shopping centers, and award-winning restaurants. To put it simply: Living in Scottsdale is luxurious, with plenty of earth to remind you of the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Back in 2014, Livability.com ranked Scottsdale “Second-Best Foodie City in the United States.” And, not much has changed since then — Scottsdale is still very much an epicenter for quality cuisine. For a seasonal, rotating menu, you can’t go wrong with Virtu Honest Craft. It was nominated by the esteemed James Beard Foundation for “Best New Restaurant,” and its Mediterranean-inspired dishes are to die for. If you are in the mood for a four-course meal, no one does it better than Cafe Monarch. Rated Top Three Fine Dining Restaurants in the Nation by Trip Advisor, this sophisticated spot serves up delectable plates in an elegant atmosphere. For a casual Sunday brunch or weekday lunch, The Mission in Scottsdale’s Old Town can make a mean meal with a Latin twist.
Now, if there’s one thing Scottsdale does well — it’s entertainment. For live country music, check out the famous Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row, Wasted Grain for live DJs and smaller artists, and Kazimierz for a wide range of music genres. If you happen to have children, there is plenty to keep them entertained, too! Take them to Medieval Times for jaw-dropping fun, or Pangaea Land of Dinosaurs for a more interactive and educational experience.
If you are in search of a new handbag or a funky gift for a friend, there are plenty of stores to choose from — both high-end and local labels. Scottsdale Fashion Square is the premier destination for all your luxury favorites such as Christian Louboutin, Versace, and Louis Vuitton. For hard-to-find vintage luxury goods from brands like Chanel and Gucci, Vintage By Misty is your go-to. And, for smaller gifts and home decor made by incredible local artisans, check out The Mercantile.
Things to Do
There really is so much to do in Scottsdale, we can’t fit it all in one guide. And, that’s one of many benefits of living here — you will never get bored! Take a stroll through Scottsdale’s several parks (Camelback, El Dorado, and Cactus Park, just a few to name). Or, spend some time exploring the Sonoran Desert. If nature isn’t your thing, pamper yourself at the spa in the Sanctuary Resort at Camelback Mountain. Or, head over to Old Town to view some contemporary art and watch some baseball at Scottsdale Stadium. Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home Taliesin West for a taste of mid-century architecture.
Scottsdale has many options for education, each with its own approach to learning. Here are a few to start your research process.
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