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Scottsdale: A Desert Wonderland

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Scottsdale, Arizona is a toasty wonderland in the Sonoran Desert. This vibrant city welcomes visitors year round and has plenty of activities to keep families, business travelers and weekend getaway takers busy. Whether it's a cocktail on the patio taking in an outstanding Arizona sunset, a day by the pool with your family or a round of golf in the sunshine, Scottsdale always warmly greets visitors with a wealth of options for just about any taste.
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12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA
The city’s most famous snowbird, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, spent winters at his home and architecture school in the Sonoran Desert. Taliesin West brings the horizontal lines and organic materials of Prairie School design to the desert...
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17025 N Scottsdale Rd #140, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
Thankfully I worked in North Scottsdale so I had plenty of great options for an adult refreshment after a long, hard day at work. Uncorked is in a bit of an obscure location compared to other Scottsdale standouts. It offers a nice low-key vibe...
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Goody Twos Toffee is now available at the Sorso Wine Room at Scottsdale Quarter and at Sphinx Date Ranch.

Goody Twos Toffee is not only hands down the best toffee I have ever had but also a great local experience. The owners of this...
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Kierland Commons, Phoenix, AZ 85254, USA
Palm tree–lined streets and cheery shops offer an inviting atmosphere that can make a dent in your day and your wallet. Especially when the weather is nice (and who are we kidding, it’s almost always nice here), this outdoor shopping center is a...
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7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA
If you can imagine baseball heaven—a lush green field nestled between mountaintops and perpetual sunshine—Salt River Fields just might be what it looks like. Spring training season offers a high concentration of the best American...
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7011 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
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Tis the season to be jolly! If you’re feeling festive around the holidays or perhaps you want to keep Christmas going all year long, then a visit to the Coach House should be on your holiday wish list. When the holiday season approaches, ...
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15257 N Scottsdale Rd #160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
Finding ways to keep kids and adults entertained at the same time can be a challenge on vacation. Make Meaning in the Scottsdale Quarter provides a bright and colorful space where young and old alike can get their hands dirty together, crafting up...
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17020 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
Unlike other sporting events, Waste Management Open professional golf tournament never sells out of tickets and is relatively affordable. With plenty of public parking and a convenient and easy-to-navigate shuttle system to the...
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6902 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
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If you're simply a local in need of a relaxing night out, the Muddle Bar at Deseo is just what the doctor ordered. Arrive during "descansar," the relaxing hour, to catch a glimpse of Cuban artist Nelson Garcia-Mirando. Every week he shares his...
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15301 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
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Scottsdale has become the epicenter of outdoor promenades and upscale fashion in Arizona. Scottsdale Quarter, an open-air shopping complex, combines a bit of desert feel with a variety of popular stores and great local restaurants. This playground...
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15024 N Scottsdale Rd #160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
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NoRTH Italian Farmhouse is a delicious and modern local treat with a casual family feel. Good for a night out or a family meal, NoRTH has something for everyone. I can only hope that my kitchen feels as warm and inviting as the one at North....
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15191 N Scottsdale Rd Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
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Restaurants that hit the trifecta of healthy, delicious and fun are hard to come by. Sam Fox hit the nail on the head when he created True Food Kitchen. With two locations in Arizona, there’s no excuse to miss this local gem. Located in the ...
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4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
Don a headset, approach an exhibit, and wirelessly listen to African thumb piano or Mongolian throat singing at the vast Musical Instrument Museum. Besides browsing some 15,000 artifacts that represent different musical genres, visitors can catch...
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4701 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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Food trucks have been taking over the Phoenix street food world by storm and it's continued to trickle into the Scottsdale food scene. The Phoenix Street Food Coalition puts on events all over the area almost every night of the week. The best time...
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15257 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
iPic isn't your typical movie theater. Does your average movie theater have a lounge, upscale restaurant and reclining seats? Probably not. This luxury theater is geared toward an adult audience with sleek design, lounge music bumping in the...
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Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
Camelback Mountain is one of the first hikes active Phoenicians and tourists alike head out to master. That being said it can get pretty crowded on the weekends which can make parking a nightmare. Best bet is to arrive early (around 6:00am) or to...
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15323 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
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They offer a fresh take on modern, simple Mexican cuisine. It seems one can't go wrong with an order of the naked guacamole or the chorizo and mushrooms con queso to start. The taco flight or the taco vampiro are delicious, but watch out for the...
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15205 N Kierland Blvd Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
The Queen Creek Olive Mill is a local, sustainable farm that produces some of Arizona’s best olive oil. Oils & Olives by Queen Creek, situated in Kierland Commons, allows you to shop local when you visit the region. Sample...
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15147 N Scottsdale Rd #102, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
For not being a huge coffee drinker, I sure find myself in coffee shops a lot. With Starbucks and Coffee Beans on every corner, it's nice to see more and more local coffee houses popping up in the area. If being voted Best Cup of Coffee in Arizona...
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#140 Scottsdale 85254xaX, 15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
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Its 5,481 miles from Phoenix to Paris. When Scottsdale residents don't have the time to head across the Pacific to the city of romance, they just head a little North to Kierland Commons and look for Zinc Bistro. Lunch courses range from $12 to $16...
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3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
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You will want reservations to get into this place. The Mission Restaurant and Lounge serves modern Latin cuisine in a fantastic bar restaurant with a wonderful outdoor back patio (seen here). The chef is Matthew Carter, also known for the House...
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6335 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
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I've been going to Richardson's as my favorite neighborhood local since they opened over 20 years ago. Great southwestern food, seafood and margaritas. They opened a sister restaurant a few blocks away called Rokerij a few years ago. It was really...
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7299 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA
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This is my favourite Japanese restaurant EVER, having that oh-so-desirable combination of amazing food and drinks, warm atmosphere & incredible (daily) happy hour specials. What makes this happy hour unmissable? $5 blood orange margaritas and...
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Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Spring is a fabulous time to explore the trails around Scottsdale (as is any time of year). The desert plants are bursting to life all around you, their fragrant aires invigorate the soul. Hummingbirds and Cactus Wrens bound around an ecosystem...
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6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
This luxurious spa tucked away on the property of The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona is a true oasis in the Sonoran Desert. Guests and locals alike visit the spa year round to experience all the tranquility and rejuvenation the Centre...