Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Scottsdale vacation rentals

A chic desert oasis in Arizona

If you’re looking for sunshine and sophistication, Scottsdale should be your vacation destination out west. With high-end shopping and innovative dining experiences downtown, along with world-class golfing, serene spas, and a sweeping desert backdrop, Scottsdale has it all. Scottsdale vacation rentals range from cozy condos on luxury golfing resorts, to extravagant modern properties draped in pink bougainvillea, with private pools and whirlpools that really make the most of the year-round sun.

Scottsdale’s high-end charms

Scottsdale has more spas per capita than anywhere else in the country so, if you’re looking for some serious pampering, Scottsdale will soothe your cares away. The downtown area is also bustling with world-class restaurants and high-end shops. It’s been described as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and there’s a buzzing late night scene in which to indulge. One of the most popular tourist attractions in town is Taliesin West, the winter home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Its long lines stretch across the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains to the north of the city.

Galleries, golf and the spirit of the West

Scottsdale enjoys a vibrant arts scene; with events through the year at its many galleries and workshops. Art lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. In “the West’s most Western town”, do make time to explore the Southwest’s Native American cultures at the Heard Museum and breathe the spirit of the frontier at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. If you’re staying at your Scottsdale vacation rental with kids, they’ll be sure to love watching the busy fluttering of bright butterflies at Scottsdale’s Butterfly Wonderland, or seeing the massive dinosaur skeletons at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in nearby Tempe.

Winter sun in Arizona

In Scottsdale, the winters are mild to warm, while summers are scorching hot. In fact, come the summer months, temperatures can easily push into the 90s and early 100s – and this heat means it’s possible to snag a bargain on your Scottsdale vacation rental during this period. By contrast, January through April is peak season in Scottsdale – with the comfortable temperatures drawing in visitors eager for a bit of winter sun. This is the best time to enjoy the golf and the plentiful outdoor activities in this part of Arizona.

A sprawling desert backdrop

Scottsdale is located in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert and you can explore the landscape’s charms at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a 30,000-acre pristine desert wilderness to the north of Scottsdale. To see the desert at its most beautiful, head to one of the trailheads at dusk for a sweeping skyscape of oranges and violets, making way for starry desert skies. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers many miles of trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Serious hikers and climbers should head to Camelback Mountain or Pinnacle Peak Park to earn stunning mountaintop views.