On the eastern part of Maricopa County and just a short distance from Phoenix, The Scottsdale area is the number one destination in Arizona for golf lovers, with huge numbers of excellent courses to choose from, all played out against the scenery of the Arizona desert. It is not only golf enthusiasts that are drawn to the Scottsdale area however, with a vibrant nightlife, a number of cultural attractions and good shopping, the area is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination.
Golf is the key attraction in this area, and with a total of nearly 200 courses it is almost impossible for an enthusiast to get bored, especially if they are staying within a golf resort, of which there are an ever-increasing number cropping up to meet demand. The Scottsdale area is in general an area of good living, with museums, art galleries, great shopping, health and beauty spas, upscale bars and plush restaurants just some of the many other options to choose from.
Most holiday rental options here are located in and around the city of Scottsdale, and there is plenty to see and do in this area. The city has a busy and thriving shopping district, and is home to a number of high-end retail outlets. When the retail therapy is done there are many cafes and bars to relax with a drink in, and a range of nightclubs if you fancy carrying on into the small hours.
The city is also a great place to stay for a golfing break, as your self-catering accommodation gives you close and easy access to some of the many courses in the area. Alternatively, visitors can even choose to in accommodation ON a golf course, with luxury villas to be found at premier golf resorts such as Scottsdale Troon and Scottsdale Grayhawk.
The Old Town is a pleasant tourist district, where you will also find you a huge number of museums such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Scottsdale Historical Museum and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Scottsdale has an arid climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The period from June to September regularly brings temperatures above 37C, and well above 40C is not uncommon. Those looking to visit during a cooler spell should consider December or January, where the mercury drops a few degrees.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) lies just 12 miles from the centre of Scottsdale, and is the largest airport in the region. Most flights from the UK require a change at another US airport such as Philadelphia (PHL), though British Airways run a direct flight fromLondonHeathrow.