Destination guide

Explore the sights of Scottsdale from vacation home rentals

Known as the Miami Beach of the desert, Scottsdale is famous for its hip art scene and lively nightlife. Get your Arizona getaway off to the right start by booking a Scottsdale vacation rental in the heart of the action. Famous as the winter home of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, you can visit his studio, Taliesin West. Visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or take a wander down Scottsdale Art Walk in the Gallery District of Downtown. After dark, venture into Downtown to sample Scottsdale's lively bar and clubbing scene.

History

Historic sites near vacation homes in Scottsdale

History buffs will love the historic sites and specialty museums in Scottsdale. Vacation rentals are available near places like the Penske Racing Museum, a museum dedicated to the Penske race team cars, memorabilia, and medals, and the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, a showcase for Arizona history. You'll also enjoy Scottsdale Museum of the West, a museum celebrating the history of the American West with paintings and artifacts.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near Scottsdale vacation rentals

Famous as the former home of iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright, you can visit his winter home and studio, Taliesin West. Today, his house and studio are open for guided tours and is home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. If you favour modern art over modern architecture, then opt for a tour of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, which houses a vast collection of artworks and design. Bringing the kids? Then don't miss a visit to the OdySea Aquarium, the largest in the Southwest, where you can meet mermaids, otters, and penguins.

Activities

Things to do near Scottsdale vacation homes

From wine tasting and art walks, to golf courses and spas, there's something for everyone in Scottsdale. The city has access to some 200 golf courses—now that's a lot of birdies! If you'd rather pick up a bargain or two than score a hole-in-one, then head to the Scottsdale Quarter and the Scottsdale Fashion Square, where you'll find dozens of cool, independent boutiques, as well as big-name brands. Don't miss sampling some of Downtown's buzzy honky-tonk bars, hip clubs, and stylish restaurants. You'll see why Scottsdale's called the South Beach of the desert.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure near Scottsdale vacation homes

Scottsdale has an array of beautiful outdoor spaces for adventures. Vacation homes give you access to hiking, climbing, and biking at places like Camelback Mountain and Papago Park, stargazing at Hole in the Rock sandstone formations, and wildlife viewing at the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. You can also swim with dolphins at Dolphinaris Arizona, a marine habitat with open-air pools and viewing tanks.

Weather

Local weather for the trip to Scottsdale vacation homes

Known as the Valley of the Sun, Scottsdale is famous for having over 300 days of sunshine each year. The best time to visit is between November and April, when when blue skies and balmy 70 degree temperatures dominate. The summer can get blisteringly hot, and regularly tops the 100 degree mark in August. Although, if you can bear it, you'll often find the widest choice of Scottsdale vacation rentals. December to March is the busiest time, when the city attracts the snowbirds looking for some winter warmth, and rentals can get snapped up quickly.

Natural features

Let's get Pinnacle —Scottsdale's hiking trails

Covering the northeastern reaches of Greater Phoenix, Scottsdale borders the Tonto National Forest and the vast Sonoran Desert. Surrounded by some of the Southwest's finest wilderness and vast desert plains, the Sonoran Desert region is remarkably popular with the hiking set. The Pinnacle Peak Trail in Pinnacle Peak Park is a good starting point for beginners. The 4-mile trail is lined with wildflowers and cacti, and leads to some scenic views across the plains. There are also guided hikes on offer from the visitor's center on selected days of the week.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Scottsdale

The nearest airport is in Phoenix, AZ (PHX-Sky Harbor Intl.), located 6.4 mi (10.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Scottsdale, AZ (SCF), which is 8.8 mi (14.1 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Scottsdale?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,787 vacation rentals near Scottsdale. From 2,815 Houses to 2,539 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Scottsdale for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Scottsdale?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Scottsdale:

  • North Scottsdale: 3,516 vacation rentals
  • McCormick Ranch: 1,860 vacation rentals
  • South Scottsdale: 1,527 vacation rentals
  • Kierland: 765 vacation rentals
  • Troon North: 443 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Scottsdale?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Scottsdale. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kierland Commons: 2,441 vacation rentals
  • Grayhawk Golf Club: 6,205 vacation rentals
  • Troon North Golf Club: 4,696 vacation rentals
  • Mayo Clinic Scottsdale: 6,737 vacation rentals
  • Tournament Players Club (TPC) of Scottsdale: 2,320 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scottsdale listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Scottsdale?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,815 Houses in Scottsdale. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Scottsdale include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,539 rentals available
  • Villas: 188 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 49 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Estates and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Scottsdale?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5,347 vacation rentals with pool available in Scottsdale. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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