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5 Can’t-Miss Scottsdale Attractions

5 Can’t-Miss Scottsdale Attractions
If you’re buying a golf course home for sale in Scottsdale, you’ll be glad to know that this city is home to some of Arizona’s most spectacular attractions. In fact, check out these five local favorites to plan out your first few adventures in the area.

5 Can’t-Miss Scottsdale Attractions

Some of the attractions in Scottsdale are well-known (and heavily trafficked), such as OdySea Aquarium and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Both those places are excellent spots to spend an afternoon (or more) enjoying the sights, but there are five local favorites that many people don’t know about. Here’s a quick rundown:

  1. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
  2. Taliesin West
  3. McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
  4. Desert Botanical Garden
  5. McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Here’s a closer look at each.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Western Sprit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is packed with spectacular exhibits, both rotating and permanent, that cover all things western. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, on the former site of the Loloma Transit Station, the museum is a two-story, 43,000 square-foot display of art, culture and history of all 10 states that make up the American West.

Taliesin West

The former home of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West is one of Scottsdale’s premier cultural attractions. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Historic Landmark tucked away in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. This beautiful winter home was built in 1937, and it’s immaculately preserved today. It’s actually known as one of the architect’s most personal creations, and tours are available throughout the year.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

Operated by the city of Scottsdale’s Parks and Recreation Department, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a must-see spot in the heart of the city. This 30-acre park is the most unique of its kind, offering guests rides on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and a 1950 Allan Herschell carousel. There are shops, museums, playgrounds and play areas in the park, and there’s also plenty of shade for relaxing in the grass or enjoying a picnic.

Desert Botanical Garden

Located just outside Scottsdale city limits in Phoenix, the Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of different species of cactus, trees and flowers. The 55-acre park has towering saguaro that are perfect for photos and so much more. It’s considered a “living art collection,” and you can explore the natural ecosystem of the Sonoran Desert as you stroll throughout the park.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve includes more than 30,500 acres of pristine desert landscape. You can explore from sunrise to sunset – no charge – and learn about the area’s unique ecosystem through interactive displays, professional talks and more. Weather- and pandemic-permitting, you can also enjoy tours and other events within the preserve.

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