Welcome to Scottsdale Arizona, home of the world renowned Mayo Clinic! Hopefully, a visit to the clinic is not why you are traveling to this lovely city. While you’re in town, take some time away from the resort spas and golf course greens to investigate downtown’s seven distinctive districts. All conveniently located within minutes of each other, each has its own unique identity to be explored.
The name says it all! Keep your pocket book on a tight leash here as it will be panting to get friendly with the more than 225 retail shops, including Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Macy’s, and more. Beware! Shopaholics may want to avoid this area.
No, it’s not a mirage! After that whirlwind shopping expedition, you and your pocket book will both need a chance to catch your breath. A walk along the scenic Arizona Canal will allow you to do just that. As one of Scottsdale’s most recent additions, this lush expanse of newly developed land is a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. And the best thing is, it’s free!
As you stroll along the waterfront, you may decide to take a gander at what some describe as the “Greenwich Village” of Scottsdale. This small plot of land just south of the Arizona Canal is home to cultural festivals, fashion boutiques, art, and restaurants.
5th AVE. SHOPS & BOUTIQUES
I know, I know, more shopping, but that’s not all. It is here you will also find Bob Parks’ Horse Fountain. Forget the Grand Canyon! Have your picture taken in front of this famed feature, one of the most photographed spots in Arizona, then go for a manicure at one of the area salons.
SCOTTSDALE ARTS DISTRICT
Get your cultural fix and maybe even invest in a work of fine art along the way. If you’re feeling particularly frisky, attend the Art Walk, held between 7-9 pm each Thursday. Real art buffs can sign up for the Free Museum Exhibition & Sculpture Tour held by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art each Thursday and Sunday at 1:30 pm. For more information call: (480) 874-4641 or go to: http://www.smoca.org.
OLD TOWN DISTRICT
Would an old west town be an old west town without an old west town? Confused? Don’t worry, this Scottsdale district with answer the question for you. Retaining much of its vintage charm, this area’s historic structures will offer a view into what city life was like over a hundred years ago. You may also want to pick up some Native American crafts or authentic western wear along the way.
If you’re tired by now, jump on the free trolley service that runs through downtown Scottsdale every twenty minutes, seven days a week. Give your feet a rest as you ride to the Entertainment District for some evening fun. Choose a restaurant, nightclub or other area hotspot to party the night away, absorbing all the charm and atmosphere this unique southwestern city has to offer!
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