Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Scottsdale & Phoenix: Neighbors in the Valley of the Sun

Scottsdale is conveniently located just a few miles east of Phoenix in central Arizona. In fact, many of Scottsdale’s most celebrated resorts and hotels are within a short 20-minute drive of downtown Phoenix, which puts you within easy reach of the city’s varied attractions and amenities.

For most Scottsdale visitors, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the first stop on their journey. Sky Harbor serves some 40 million passengers each year with nearly 1,500 flights arriving and departing daily. Recently named "America’s Friendliest Airport" by passenger vote, Sky Harbor is conveniently located just 15 minutes from downtown Scottsdale.

GalleryWhether you choose a full-service resort, a cozy boutique hotel or an economy property, Scottsdale’s accommodations offer you the best of both worlds – the beauty of our lush Sonoran Desert setting and convenient access to Phoenix’s most popular attractions. At the Phoenix Art Museum, you’ll find world-class exhibitions and a collection of more than 17,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, and Western American art. Nearby, the renowned Heard Museum offers one of the world’s finest collections of Native American art and artifacts from tribes throughout the Southwest. Scottsdale’s location also makes it easy to take in a show at one of downtown Phoenix’s performing arts venues, including the Comerica Theatre.

If you’d like to learn more about the flora, fauna and cultures of the Sonoran Desert head over to Phoenix’s Papago Park where you’ll find the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo and Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park.

When you stay in Scottsdale, it’s also easy to indulge your inner sports fan by taking in a professional sporting event. The Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) all play within an easy drive of Scottsdale. And if you feel the need for speed, check out NASCAR events at Phoenix International Raceway or try your hand behind the wheel at Octane Raceway.

MallAnd, if you have some energy leftover after exploring Scottsdale’s outstanding selection of upscale boutiques, shops and malls – including Scottsdale Fashion Square, the largest shopping destination in the Southwest – make a beeline for Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix. Here, Saks Fifth Avenue and boutique shops by the likes of Chanel, Gucci and Ralph Lauren await to delight your inner fashionista.

As you can see, a Scottsdale vacation can include all the best that Scottsdale and Phoenix have to offer. Start planning your Scottsdale getaway today!