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When to Visit Scottsdale
If you’re going to visit Scottsdale, be aware that summertime temperatures are very high! Unless you’re accustomed to 100-120 degree heat, the weather can be punishing. Peak weather season for visiting Scottsdale is January through March, when the weather is coolest; however, hotels will be most expensive at this time.
The best plan is to visit Scottsdale during the shoulder seasons of March to May and September to December. The weather is more pleasant than in the hot summer months, but your stay will be less expensive than peak season. You’ll have lots of energy during the cooler days to get out and explore the city and pay far less for your trip: a win-win!
How to Get to Scottsdale from the Airport
To visit Scottsdale, you’ll fly into Phoenix, so you will need to know how to find transportation to Scottsdale from there. Don’t settle for a taxi - they're often too pricey for a traveler on a budget, and there are plenty of options that take you from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Scottsdale without breaking the bank. One options is to take a Super Shuttle. If you have several people in your party, the cost should be less than a taxi. There isn’t much public transportation on this route, so airport shuttles are going to be your best bet.
How to Find Lodging in Scottsdale
Finding quality, cheap accommodations in Scottsdale isn’t as daunting as it might sound. If you have good resources, you can find hotels grouped together based on location and price, so you can make an educated decision. If you save some money on your hotel, you’ll have more to put towards exploring the city and experiencing the fine culture, shopping and dining it has to offer.
If you are on a tight budget, you can always look into room sharing through websites like AirBnb and Couchsurfing. With Air Bnb, you connect with local people who are offering their rooms or entire homes up for rent. This way, you pay the same price as a hotel and you’ll have a whole room or home for your own. You don’t have all the amenities of a hotel, but it’s homier and the process is more personal. You might end up sharing your space with the owner, or not; you can specify your preferences when you search for your room on their website. It’s good for people who are flexible about their preferred type of lodging and want to save some serious cash.
A similar option is to go through Couchsurfing, where you contact local people who are offering a bed or sofa to sleep on. This situation generally appeals to backpackers or travelers on a budget who aren’t looking for much privacy and like not only saving money, but meeting new people as they travel.
Hotel or Hostel?
One of the first questions you need to consider is whether you should in a hotel or a hostel in Scottsdale. The answer depends on both your preferences and your budget. If you’re really looking to save some money, hostels can be wallet-savers. However, there aren’t too many in Scottsdale, so you’ll probably have to move closer to Phoenix to find a backpacker-style hostel.
In Scottsdale itself, you’ll find plenty of budget hotels. Comfort Suites and Best Western are great options if you don’t want to sacrifice quality for a lower price. The Hampton Inn is also a great choice if you’re looking for that combination of luxury and staying within your budget while in Scottsdale. There are many hotel deals in Scottsdale, so if you do your research beforehand, you can easily book a room at a price you feel comfortable with.
Where to Stay
The entire city of Scottsdale offers budget-friendly lodgings, so there’s not really one area that’s cheaper than the other. Finding quality lodgings is really just a matter of doing your research and being in-the-know. The Holiday Inn and Scottsdale Links Resort are both examples of spots in Scottsdale that are budget-friendly and still offer quality accommodations. They’re great jumping-off points for exploring the surrounding areas.
You can also find cheap hotels in old town Scottsdale for just as good a price as those outside the city, as long as you book a bit in advance. This trendy area is in high demand with visitors who enjoy their history. Old town also has some of the best shops, cafes and bars that you’ll find in the area. It’s a great place to experience the local culture and sights without moving too far from your budget hotel! The Marriott in Old Town has great rooms for less than many of the other hotels in the area. And check out the Saguaro for a more unique hotel experience. If you’re into boutique hotels, this is a good pick right in middle of the action in the downtown Scottsdale area.
If what you really want is a hotel with a great pool, look no further than the W Scottsdale. It’s got a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, but isn’t so expensive that it’s going to give you sticker shock at checkout. In fact, you’ll probably pay less than you expected. Travelers give their pool rave reviews, so if you're interested in taking a dip, you may find yourself hanging out poolside all day!
Sightseeing Around Scottsdale
Scottsdale is a great place to experience the unique desert ecosystem and the old-meets-new-west culture of the Southwest. Many visitors flock to Scottsdale in the winter months to golf and relax at their hotel's pool. You’ll also find lots of great outdoor activities like hiking and horseback riding if getting out into nature is your goal. Make sure to check out the Indian Wash Greenbelt, which is 12 miles long and connects 4 different parks together. It’s a great place to get into nature while you’re here in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale provides traveleres with a virtual buffet of food options and is especially renowned for its Mexican food, so don’t miss sampling the cuisine while you’re visiting!
For shopping afficionados, you can’t beat Fashion Square in downtown Scottsdale. This trendy locale has everything that a veteran shopper could dream of! Downtown, there are also plenty of unique and local-run boutiques, jewelry shops, cafes, and galleries to spark your interest. Muesems and galleries downtown allow you to immerse yourself in the culture of Arizona's Native Americans.
When you’re really craving relaxation, rest assured that you’re in one of the best spa cities out there. Scottsdale has a wide selection of quality spas, so make sure to relax with a massage and facial or some sauna time. No matter your reason for being in Scottsdale, you can always take a little time to pamper yourself!
No matter what you’re looking for, whether it’s cultural exploration, fine dining or relaxation, you’ll find it in the heart of Arizona here in Scottsdale.
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