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A Little Flavor of the Old West

On our way to Tucson and the Tanque Verde Ranch, we stopped in "Old Downtown Scottsdale" for a little lunch, to enjoy a little flavor of the Old West and to have a look at the artwork and many shops that are pervasive in this part of town. Having been here 10 prior, I was anxious to see if the town was just as nice as I had remembered it before and I was certainly not disappointed with this visit. Scottsdale is what I would call an upscale town. It seems to have it all: good housing, an array of amenities, green spaces, close by mountains, beautiful natural geography, western history and a good standard of living.

Scottsdale Has Liveability

It seems that many people, especially from states with very cold winters, come to the Scottsdale area of Arizona to retire. Others just spend the winter here. Summers in southern Arizona can be extremely hot with low humidity. The first time we visited Arizona was in July and the thermometer reached 114F degrees!! Because of the desert, night-time temperatures can be very cool. Perhaps because of the heat in summer, the lifestyle seems a little more unhurried than in many places and activities begin earlier in the day. The people of Arizona seem genuine, friendly, likeable, and ready to have a conversation with you.

Scottsdale is within a day's drive of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Slippery Rock State Park, the Grand Canyon, the Superstition Mountains and the Apache Trail, Tucson, Tombstone and so much more. In town there is a PGA championship golf course, museums, shopping & restaurants, history, entertainment, luxurious resorts, and plenty of outdoor sports!!

For all these reasons, I find Scottsdale very liveable!

Old Downtown Scottsdale ~ Charming!

Old Downtown Scottsdale is what some would call the 'heart of town' and a place which is so charming with a hint of the Old West about it. There are many lovely shops and unique restaurants, and there is as much public art & sculpture here as any place I've ever visited. It seems to be everywhere! The natural beauty of the desert must be inspiring to anyone with artistic inclinations! I particularly like the way the town has gardens, container gardens, cacti and flowers planted all around. It really adds a particularly beautiful touch to this town.

The Old Downtown area can be enjoyed in a day, is very walkable and has good parking which is even free in some spots. You can also enjoy touring the area with a horse and carriage for a somewhat romantc view! We enjoy returning to Old Downtown Scottsdale whenever we are in Arizona!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Charming old downtown, art everywhere, nice place to live!
  • Cons:Didn't Find Any Really but Stay Out of the Mid-Day Heat!
  • Last visit to Scottsdale: Mar 2008
  • Intro Updated Jan 20, 2011
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    I love all the sculptures here, especially the horses in your opening photo. What a nice Hotel and Restaurant you found. Another nice town in Arizona - Thanks for sharing!

    • starship's Profile Photo
      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:07 AM

      Dee thank you for visiting. We've had some great trips to Arizona when our children were young and even as teenagers! The first time when we stayed at the Scottsdale Princess was maybe the best. But, when we spent a week at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson was really a close second!!!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Nov 5, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      I like the scenery and the towns in this part of America!

  • DennyP's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    Hi Sylvia...Scottsdale certainly seems an interesting place...so many national Parks out this way..The mexican odds and sodds store looks interesting also..

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    A trip along the Apache Trail sounds exciting. Gorgeous page with great photos of Scottsdale here. Well done.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    We enjoyed Scottsdale on our trip-but did not get to see some sites you did. Thanks for the great detail, and wish more time allowed us to get to more places. Good presentation and pictures

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Wow, you sure lucked out on your accommodations eh! the place sounds fantastic. I would love that Mexican Imports Shop for sure.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Sylvia, these are ALL 5 star tips. So insightful, interesting, positive, and honest. Excellent introduction. Awesome tip about your hotel. . I've been to old town and was excited to read your opinions. Such terrific photographs. Wow! is what I say.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Glad you enjoyed the kuxury at the Princess...we have been staying in resorts for the past 4 weeks because of the weekend sales here in Arizona...great Scottsdale tips and Apache Trail is a bit scary but FUN, Norman :)

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Apart from a short excursion to Grand Canyon I have not been in Arizona yet, but maybe in future. Thanks for the ratings. Best. Laszlo

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    We also visited Taliesen West and enjoyed seeing Frank Lloyd Wright's inspired creation--it was in April, so we didn't experience the severe heat that you did but it seemed HOT enough even that time of year.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    I really need to get in and get off on another trip to those beautiful spots in the USA!Thanks for the tour of another interesting place - shame yr family didnt want to go see FLWrights school-Id love to!


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