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Scottsdale's art and architecture combine to make it a very pleasant place. You could start a visit downtown at the Scottsdale Historical Museum, housed in a 1909 schoolhouse, and learn about the city's rural beginnings. A short walk away, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the adjacent Center for the Performing Arts offer thought-provoking exhibits and a wide range of productions.

Another easy stroll will take you to the downtown shopping districts whose galleries present Southwestern-inspired contemporary and international art. For an architectural experience, a tour at Taliesin West will show how Frank Lloyd Wright ...

Scottsdale's art and architecture combine to make it a very pleasant place. You could start a visit downtown at the Scottsdale Historical Museum, housed in a 1909 schoolhouse, and learn about the city's rural beginnings. A short walk away, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the adjacent Center for the Performing Arts offer thought-provoking exhibits and a wide range of productions.

Another easy stroll will take you to the downtown shopping districts whose galleries present Southwestern-inspired contemporary and international art. For an architectural experience, a tour at Taliesin West will show how Frank Lloyd Wright shaped his buildings. You could also drop by Paolo Soleri's gallery to learn of his visions to make an ideal city. Or ride the rails at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, full of train exhibits.

Scottsdale fills the calendar in the cooler months with events celebrating art, horses, and Western heritage. More than two dozen resorts offer the heights of luxurious living and fine dining along with spa services, swimming, tennis, and top-notch golf on beautifully landscaped grounds. Resort prices drop precipitously in summer, when you can snap up bargain stays.

Bill Weir
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Bill Weir is the author of Moon Handbooks on Arizona, Utah and the Grand Canyon.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    October to April; summers are long and very hot.