Scottsdale Desert & Cactus Landscape
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Scottsdale, Arizona is sort of a mystery.

Scottsdale is currently regarded as one of the premier resort destinations in the Southwest region. On one hand, Scottsdale clearly prides itself as a luxury oasis in the middle of a desert with their array of expensive spas, resorts, golf courses, and hotels. And as night slowly trickles in, the famous Scottsdale party scene starts to emerge. One by one the clubs and bars, especially in the Downtown Scottsdale area, begin to light up their establishments as they prepare for the arrival of some 40,000 people who have been known to troop to the area to party the night away.

On the other hand, Scottsdale isn’t just another destination for people who love to party and the life of luxury. Walk past the clubs and bars of Downtown Scottsdale and you’ll find yourself in the Scottsdale Arts District where “The West’s Most Western Town” proudly showcases their laid back cowboy roots with their “western” themed events and activities, restaurants, stores, and art galleries that are mainly concentrated in the Old Town Scottsdale area.

This unique fusion of two seemingly different worlds makes Scottsdale a special must-see destination.

Despite embracing modernity and urbanization, Scottsdale still maintains much of the natural beauty that even inspired the likes of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright to take up residence in the area and build his very own winter retreat house, Taliesin West. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy reveling in the scenery as they go horseback riding, mountain climbing, and kayaking. It also helps that Scottsdale enjoys warm weather conditions that last even until the winter season.

Scottsdale plays host to a variety of cultural events such as the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, the Scottsdale Jaycees Parada del Sol, the Barrett-Jackson Auto Show, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Scottsdale International Film Festival, and even a Scottsdale Fashion Week!

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