Scottsdale, a city of more than 217,000 adjacent to Phoenix, bills itself as a sophisticated city on the move that's at the heart of the Sonoran Desert.
Scottsdale, a city of more than 217,000 adjacent to Phoenix, bills itself as a sophisticated city on the move that's at the heart of the Sonoran Desert. It is also one of TravelOrMove's super coolest places in the world.
Ideal backdrop for adventures
Scottsdale's sunny skies and desert setting provide an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, golf, spa visits and upscale shopping. The New York Times reportedly has described downtown Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach" filled "plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene." Almost 40 percent of Scottsdale's jobs in the tourism industry, the city attracts 7.5 million visitors annually with an impact of $3.1 billion. The city is home to more than 70 resorts and hotels that generally cater to a higher-end demographic. According to Wikipedia, Scottsdale is third in the nation as having themost AAA Five-Diamond hotels and resorts and the highest number of destination spas in the U.S. Other important employers: Scottsdale Healthcare (6,650 employees), Mayo Clinic (4,900), General Dynamics (3,600), Go Daddy (1,915) and The Vanguard Group (1,899).
Scottsdale's climate is arid. Winters are mild and summers are very hot. The lowest temperature ever recorded in the city is 19.0 °F (−7.2 °C), on February 20, 1955, and the highest temperature ever recorded was 119 °F (48 °C), on June 26, 1972.
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Downtown yoga studio
Scottsdale is filled with spas and spots for yoga and other fitness routines.
While Scottsdale isn't home to a major pro sport, the Phoenix metro area has NFL, pro baseball, pro mens' and women's basketball, and NHL hockey teams.
Year-round fitness swimming center
Scottsdale offers at least three public fitness swimming facilities.
Casino gaming within 25 miles
Scottsdale has two casinos. There are seven in the greater Phoenix area.
Public golf course
Not only does Scottsdale have 20 public golf courses, the area has nearly 200 golf courses. Add in 330 days of sunshine a year, and you'll easily understand why the area is a great golfing destination.
Public golf courses
Vibrant public transportation system
Lots of downtown living space
About 9 miles from Scottsdale.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Working farms within 25 miles
Safe bike corridors
Scottsdale has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Gold Level for 2011-2014.