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Regarded as the "West's Most Western Town," Scottsdale is steeped in Native American culture and Wild West lore. In 1880 retired Army Chaplain Winfield Scott purchased the area and set up a frontier settlement, drawing cowboys and ranchers. Miners soon came looking for silver and gold, families in search of clean, dry air, and artists inspired by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. In 1951 the city was incorporated, and by the 70s Scottsdale was a haven of homes and golf courses, and the headquarters to corporations like Dial and Motorola. Today it reigns as one of the world's premier golf and resort destinations, and its business reputation continues to grow as young white-collar professionals stimulate the area's economy. Learn about premier Scottsdale attractions below:
Camelback Mountain: Once a sacred site of the Hohokam Culture, Camelback Mountain now offers Arizona residents some of the best hiking in the greater Phoenix area.
Desert Botanical Gardens: Featuring over 50,000 desert plant species spanning 145 acres of land, Desert Botanical Gardens has been teaching visitors about desert flora and fauna for more than 70 years.
Scottsdale Gallery Association: Responsible for events like the Summer Spectacular ArtWalk, the Scottsdale Gallery Association keeps the city's arts & culture scene alive.
Chase Field: The home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field is where baseball fans go to see MLB's titans of the pitcher's mound duke it out.
US Airways Arena: To watch live performances from world-renowned superstars, there's only one ticket in Arizona: US Airways Center. Here, you can see legends like Van Halen and Kelly Clarkson perform.
Comerica Theatre: At this venue in downtown Phoenix, you can enjoy everything from stand-up comedy performances to live music and much more.
Scottsdale Waterfront: Overlooking the Arizona Canal and across from Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale Waterfront does feature a few unique shops, but the real draw is the incredible restaurant selection.
Scottsdale Fashion Square: For a shopping experience like no other, the only clear choice is Scottsdale Fashion Square - the largest shopping mall in the Southwest. Featuring a mix of boutique shops and familiar names, this mall will please shopaholics and casual shoppers alike.
The Phoenician Golf Course: A 27-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Robinson, this course at The Phoenician pairs a challenging experience with the breathtaking scenery of the Sonoran Desert for a golf experience that's peerless.
McCormick Ranch Golf Club: This golf club features not one, but two championship golf courses on which to challenge your handicap - in addition to a full pro shop, restaurant, banquet facilities, and more.
Phoenix Zoo: Voted one of the top 5 zoos in the nation for kids, the Phoenix Zoo features rides, a petting zoo, and much more to keep your little ones entertained.