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Fun-filled holidays at Scottsdale vacation rentals

Quench your wanderlust for the west by going on exciting outdoor adventures in Scottsdale, Arizona. This city lies within the Salt River Valley, part of the Greater Phoenix Area, where it's recognized as the West's most western town. The city streets are lined with old fashioned shops, restaurants, and art galleries that are accessible through family-friendly vacation houses and condo rentals. The main cultural district of Old Town is known for its vibrant nightlife, while the central Shea Corridor has a thriving restaurant strip. Feeling the heat already? If so, treat yourself to one of the relaxing spa facilities downtown.

History

It all began with the purchase of 260 hectares by Winfield Scott, who saw potential for agriculture in the area. Originally named Orangedale in honour of the citrus groves planted there, the district eventually transformed into what is now Downtown Scottsdale. The Depression years attracted talented artists and architects to Scottsdale, including Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a major influence on the region's architecture. He also designed the 38-metre-tall spire dedicated to his memory in North Scottsdale. In 1909, Scottsdale Grammar School was built, but has since then been turned into the Scottsdale Historical Museum, where you'll artifacts relating to the town's history.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Scottsdale

Are you looking for things to do while you're in town? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that makes Scottsdale a fun place to get away. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale (10.1 mi / 16.3 km)
  • Phoenix Zoo (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Wet 'n' Wild (19 mi / 30.6 km)
  • Short Course at Mountain Shadows (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Big Surf (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
  • Rolling Hills Golf Course (3.7 mi / 6 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Scottsdale

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Scottsdale. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Camelback Mountain (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Desert Botanical Garden (2.5 mi / 4 km)
  • Hole in the Rock (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Papago Park (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Tempe Town Lake (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Tempe Beach Park (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Scottsdale

The nearest airport is in Phoenix, AZ (PHX-Sky Harbor Intl.), located 6.4 mi (10.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Scottsdale, AZ (SCF), which is 8.8 mi (14.1 km) away.

How to get around

Hit the town and get around from your Scottsdale vacation rental

Navigating the busy streets of Scottsdale is made easy with ride-sharing services, whose drivers know the ins and outs of the city and will cater to special requests. Ride around in style with one of the street-legal golf cart taxis, which can be especially handy for busy weekend nights. If you're looking for a retro way to explore Scottsdale from your vacation rental, try hopping on the free Old Town Trolley, which runs through multiple stops in Old Town. You can also rent a bicycle and not worry about getting stuck in the busy Downtown grid.

Food & drink 

Wild West foodie finds in Scottsdale

If you visit Arizona without hitting up a Mexican restaurant, you aren't getting the full experience. The pork shoulder tacos and table-side guacamole served in sophisticated Latino restaurants will blow you away – not to mention the decadent churros that come for dessert! Scottsdale generally has a casual dining scene with Central and South American flavours, but you can also find swanky Italian restaurants if you're craving some authentic European food. You can also kick back and relax at one of the many rooftop cafes, where you can sip on gourmet roasted coffee while taking in the magnificent views of the surrounding desert landscape.

Essential info

Important information for your Scottsdale vacation rental stay

Scottsdale lies in the eastern part of Maricopa County and the northeastern corner of the Sonoran Desert, the most ecologically diverse desert on the planet. It has a population of roughly 240,000 people and a total coverage of 477 sq km. The heat is no joke in summer, when the arid climate can make temperatures rise dangerously high. Stay hydrated and make sure you bring an experienced companion if you decide to hike desert trails. Scottsdale is a safe city with a low crime rate but if you run into trouble, call 911 for emergency services.

How many vacation rentals are available around Scottsdale?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 7,064 house rentals around Scottsdale. From 3,017 Houses to 2,797 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Scottsdale is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Scottsdale?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Scottsdale:

  • North Scottsdale: 3,599 vacation rentals
  • South Scottsdale: 1,626 vacation rentals
  • Central Scottsdale: 3,163 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 1,364 vacation rentals
  • Rio Verde Foothills: 629 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Scottsdale?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Scottsdale. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Grayhawk Golf Club: 6,515 home rentals
  • Kierland Commons: 2,486 home rentals
  • Scottsdale Quarter: 6,876 home rentals
  • Westworld of Scottsdale: 6,819 home rentals
  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West: 7,201 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Scottsdale listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Scottsdale?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,017 Houses in Scottsdale. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Scottsdale include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,797 lodging choices
  • Villas: 181 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 40 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Estates and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Scottsdale?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5,805 vacation homes with pool available in Scottsdale.

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