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Scottsdale Travel Guide


Scottsdale Introduction


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Once a simple farm community and now one of the largest cities in Arizona, Scottsdale values a high quality of life centered on a relaxed environment. It is also a city that continually reinvests in itself. An updated streetscape on Scottsdale Road provides a more pedestrian-friendly path through the city. The Scottsdale Waterfront has shops, fine-dining restaurants and luxury condos all stretched along the city's canal areas. SouthBridge is on the south bank of the canals and functions as Scottsdale's version of New York's SoHo.  Click here to see the full Scottsdale travel guide on Travel42 »

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Scottsdale Geography


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Scottsdale is located in the Salt River Valley (also known as The Valley of the Sun) surrounded by mountains and big blue sky. The McDowell Mountain range can be seen on the northeastern edge of town and is home to the area's most significant wildlife habitat. Camelback Mountain is in the center of town, west of Scottsdale Road.  Click here to see the full Scottsdale travel guide on Travel42 »

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Scottsdale History


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The Hohokam were the first known settlers in this part of the Sonoran Desert. They arrived as early as 8,000 years ago, leaving or disappearing around the time that the gold-seeking Spaniards came with their horses. The Hohokam may have been wiped out because of massive flooding, or they may have left because of drought. Whatever the reason, they left behind evidence of a sophisticated irrigation system that stretched across what is sometimes referred to as the Salt River Valley. The Arizona Canal, which runs through Scottsdale and was built in 1883, is part of that system.   Click here to see the full Scottsdale travel guide on Travel42 »

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Scottsdale Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Although most visitors might prefer to spend the bulk of their time enjoying the great outdoors, Scottsdale is more than spacious vistas and indigo skies. There are scores of art galleries and museums worth exploring, including the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.  Click here to see the full Scottsdale travel guide on Travel42 »

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Scottsdale Nightlife


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Downtown Scottsdale has dozens of bars and clubs frequented by twenty- and thirtysomething hipsters. Most of these nightspots are within walking distance of each other. College students and young urban professionals frequent the downtown area, but it also appeals to a variety of other tastes.   Click here to see the full Scottsdale travel guide on Travel42 »

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Scottsdale Restaurants & Dining


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Native American, southwestern, Mexican and mesquite-grilled cuisines feature prominently on menus in Scottsdale, as they should. But the city is also home to a variety of ethnic restaurants, including Italian, French, Chinese, Indian and Thai.   Click here to see the full Scottsdale travel guide on Travel42 »

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