In the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, cradled in the Salt River Valley, Scottsdale is a destination like no other. Bordered by the McDowell Mountain Range in the east and Phoenix to the west, this sprawling city in the Valley of the Sun offers anything and everything an Arizona traveler could desire. Famous downtown Scottsdale boats more than 300 retail outlets, close to 100 dining options, and 80 amazing art galleries. For those who want to get away from the hustle and bustleof modern life, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve north of the city is the largest urban wilderness area in the United States, boasting 60 miles of trails through the stunning Arizona wild.
Travelers from all over the world come to Scottsdale for gorgeous scenery, fantastic weather, five-star resort accommodations and all the comforts of big city life in a package with a population less than one-third that of its nearest neighbor, the Arizona capital of Phoenix. Rarely getting more than seven inches of rain a year, Scottsdale is a definite hotspot for snowbirds looking to escape the cold.
The mountains around the city, however, with decadent houses barely crawling up the base of a few and not even close to others, are the real crown jewel of the city–but you probably wouldn’t realize it from the ground! Offering unrivaled views in the variation of terrain ad civilization, the border between city and wild, makes an aerial view of Scottsdale a must for anyone who wants to see the city at its best.