Glossy malls. Sleek galleries. Sun-dappled swimming pools. Trust us, everything sparkles in Scottsdale. And that’s without mentioning the eye-catching Soleri Bridge, a stainless-steel public art display that doubles as a solar calendar. So where should you start? Luxurious spas and manicured golf courses abound, but a stroll through the inviting downtown is just as rewarding.
For old west charm, wander the craft shops of Old Town, with a stop at the Little Red Schoolhouse for a dollop of local history. Contemplate the cosmos inside James Turrell’s Skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. And did someone say art? The upscale galleries and patio restaurants of the Arts District are only a few steps away.
Art, architecture and desert vistas merge seamlessly at Taliesin West, the home and studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright from 1937 until his death in 1959. The informative Insights Tour explores his stone-and-sand masterpiece. For more mid-century cool, unwind with a poolside cocktail at the snazzy Hotel Valley Ho. It’s all swell, baby.