Scottsdale situated in Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area is a veritable storehouse of historic culture blended with modern lifestyle. Originally known as Orangedale, it was renamed Scottsdale in 1894 after founder, Winfield Scott. Scottsdale is famous for it’s late night partying culture and buzzing hotel scene. It’s slogan is “The West’s Most Western Town”.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
This Museum is composed of five galleries and a sculpture garden, with other exhibits including displays of international art and architecture. It has a space called a Lounge which has a film series, organizes Literary meets and also has a Brown Bag lecture series.
It is a state-of-the-art facility in Scottsdale which upholds a rain-forest environment and is home to the largest butterfly collection in America. The museum boasts of a 3D theatre, butterfly emergence gallery, a live ant colony and honey bee exhibits. The large glass capola creates a tropical rain forest environment typical of the butterfly’s habitat.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Located in the heart of Scottsdale is a train lover’s paradise. The park has toy-train and carousel rides for visitors, lush green picnic spots and also has a train museum all housed together in a 10000 square foot building.
Cosanti, is the studio of renowned architectural innovator, Paolo Soleri. The sprawling desert property, has terraced landscaping views and hand-made earth sculptures. It also has numerous exhibits of Cosanti’s ongoing projects as well as his famous bronze and ceramic marvels.
It is the classic riding horse stable. Located in North Scottsdale, it offers, cowboy cookouts, hayrides and is a dreamland for single riders. Corporate gatherings and parties are also organized here. Visitors should not miss the pumpkin patch and the magnificent maze.
5th Avenue Shops of Scottsdale
This avenue has scores of boutiques, art galleries and jewelry shops and more than 35 restaurants which makes it a very popular tourist attraction. This is one of the buzzing and most attractive spots in town.
Tucked in the beautiful foothills of McDowell Mountains, is Frank Lloyd Wright’s brilliance. This was the home to this multi-talented personality of the architectural world and also houses an architectural campus.
Old Town Scottsdale
Placed right in the heart of the city, it has an assortment of fountains, lush green stretches and outdoor sculptures commemorating the city’s historic heritage. The streets are lined with art galleries, museums and cafes offering visitors a refreshing delve into the history of Scottsdale.
Troon North Golf Club
With its two 18 hole courses, winding through scenic foothills of Pinnacle Peak, it provides the golfer with a refreshing experience of desert golf. The terrain is famous for its elegance, challenging course and visual beauty.